Old and In the Way


  • From San Francisco, California.
  • Formed in 1973 featuring featuring Jerry Garcia (of the Grateful Dead) on banjo, David Grisman on mandolin, Peter Rowan on guitar, Vassar Clements on fiddle, and John Kahn on bass.
  • They made several appearances over the course of about a year, playing venues like Paul’s Saloon and The Boarding House in San Francisco.
  • 1975, a live recording of the band was released (Old & In the Way) and became one of the biggest-selling bluegrass albums of all time.
  • According to Grisman, the group never really got very tight because “Garcia hated to practice.”
  • 1996, re-united for a concert at the Telluride Music Festival with Herb Pederson filling in for Jerry Garcia.
  • 2002, the new version of the group released an album called Old & In the Gray (Arista).