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Grisman To Perform at Festival

By Staff | Apr 11, 2018

The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival is pleased to announce the addition of David Grisman to the 2018 lineup.

Grisman will be taking the stage on Saturday, June 30 in downtown New Martinsville as part of an ensemble that will also include the Del McCoury Band.

Grisman first rose to prominence in the 1960s when his masterful mandolin playing earned him his first major recording deal with Elektra Records.

In 1970, Grisman played on the Grateful Dead’s classic album American Beauty.

His mandolin playing on the album gave tracks like “Friend Of The Devil” and “Ripple” an extra layer of complexity.

American Beauty is generally regarded as one of the greatest albums ever released in popular music.

The album has been listed on Rolling Stone magazine’s Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as The American National Association of Recording’s Definitive Albums list, where it ranked 20th.

In 1973, as a member of the music act Old And In The Way, Grisman’s bandmate Jerry Garcia gave him the nickname “Dawg,” which has stuck ever since.

Grisman has released dozens of albums.

Some of his most beloved work has been with bluegrass legends such as Tony Rice, Doc Watson and Sam Bush, as well as collaborations with Garcia.

In recent years Grisman has kept busy touring as band leader for the David Grisman Quintet, the David Grisman Sextet, and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. He has also played to sold out crowds with Del McCoury under the billing of Del & Dawg. His performance at the 2018 Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival is sure to be a show music lovers will not want to miss.