Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
Christmas Time's A-Comin'
December 07, 2016
For us in the JGAB, performing Bill Monroe’s seasonal classic “Christmas Time’s A-Comin'” (recorded originally in 1951) was an in-the-moment decision. We were playing the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles in December of 1987, having come back to the West Coast after our unforgettable Broadway run, and were starting to feel that old holiday feeling…inspired by Jerry’s well-known love of Christmas. We had Kenny Kosek with us, a fiddler who plays the melody beautifully. I suggested the song while we were warming up. We ran through the chorus and Jerry wrote the title on the set list. We were definitely in our usual seat-of-the-pants mode, so not every word in the verses may be in place—but it was great fun to sing. I’ve always wanted to send this out to our friends and fans as a little holiday gift. I think we can all use some holiday cheer along about now, so here it is. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! — Sandy Rothman
- Christmas Time's A-Comin'
- Jerry Garcia (lead guitar and lead vocals )
- David Nelson (rhythm guitar and baritone vocals )
- Sandy Rothman (mandolin and tenor vocals)
- Kenny Kosek (fiddle)
- John Kahn (string bass)
- David Kemper (drums )