20 Years Later: Grateful Dead – Whiskey In The Jar

Nearly twenty years ago Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia re-encountered the song Whiskey In The Jar when he recorded the Irish traditional song with David Grisman for their studio album Shady Grove. The next day Jerry showed his Grateful Dead band mates the ditty during a rehearsal at the band’s Front Street space in San Rafael, Calif.

A recording of Garcia performing Whiskey In The Jar with the Dead at the Front Street rehearsal was released as part of the So Many Roads box set. Take a listen to hear a most talkative Jerry shooting the shit with Bobby and teaching the band the tune…

While the Grateful Dead soundchecked Whiskey In The Jar twice in 1993 they never performed it in public. A number of post-Jerry bands including The Dead and Furthur have performed the ditty.

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