• Jerry Garcia and David Grisman

    Not for Kids Only

    October 20, 1993

    Acoustic Disc
The second Garcia/Grisman album, this one concentrating on children's songs.


  • Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals)
  • David Grisman (mandolin, mando-cello, tenor banjo, vocals)

(24) Additional Personnel

    • Hal Blaine (percussion on tracks 1)
    • Hal Blaine (jew's harp on track 10)
    • Larry Hanks (jew's harp on track 1)
    • Joe Craven (percussion on track 2)
    • Joe Craven (fiddle on track 6, 7)
    • Matt Eakle (piccolo on track 3)
    • Will Scarlett (harmonica on track 4)
    • Jody Stecher (vocals on track 4)
    • Rick Montgomery (rhythm guitar on track 8)
    • Jim Kerwin (bass on track 8)
    • Peter Welker (trumpet on track 8)
    • Jim Rothermel (clarinet on track 8)
    • Kevin Porter (trombone on track 8)
    • Jim Miller (slap on track 9)
    • Jody Stecher (fiddle on track 10)
    • Jody Stecher (harmony on track 11)
    • Matt Eakle (penny whistle on track 11)
    • John Rosenberg (piano on track 12)
    • Heather Katz (violin on track 12)
    • Dan Kobialka (violin on track 12)
    • Chun Ming Mo (violin on track 12)
    • Nancy Severance (viola on track 12)
    • Larry Granger (cello on track 12)
    • Pamela Lanford (english horn, oboe on track 12)

Album Notes

The majority of songs on Not For Kids Only were among those played by both Garcia and Grisman in the early stages of their careers in the early 1960s. They were also part of the repertoire of the New Lost City Ramblers, whose playing and repertoire were an early influence on Garcia. This influence is acknowledged in the CD booklet:

“Note : To remind them of some of the words, Jerry and David used a collection called “Old-Time String Band Songbook” (formerly the “New Lost City Ramblers Songbook” – Oak Publications 1976) edited by John Cohen and Mike Seeger. It contains a lot of other songs you might enjoy.”

Two tracks from this CD are included on one of the Acoustic Disc samplers. In the notes in the sampler booklet David Grisman refers to Not For Kids Only: “Not For Kids Only is a project I’ve been wanting to do for years with my friend and fellow father, Jerry Garcia; it’s sort of our answer to “Barney.’”

Note on publishing: “All proceeds from the publishing of these songs will go to the Carousel Fund, a Petaluma, California organization dedicated to assisting families with children who suffer from catastrophic illnesses.”

The CD booklet also contains brief notes on the songs and lyrics.

The violinist on Not For Kids Only, Heather Katz, is Garcia’s daughter.

The core music for this CD was recorded by Garcia and Grisman. Grisman subsequently brought in the extra musicians to overdub additional parts.

In an interview Garcia commented on the choice of material for Not For Kids Only compared to the usual song selection on kids albums: “Kids like weird shit in there, they like crazy stuff lurking around, things with teeth, crazy people. They’re realistic. They know the world is full of weird stuff and kids sort of prefer weird stuff, they rejoice in it. It’s no big thing, but it’s nice to be able to throw some music back in there that’s originally from that world; bring some of the weirdness back, take a chance a little. I mean it’s sort of trusting the kids that they can handle something more than terminal niceness.”


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