Deadgrass – a David Chernack Playlist

The worlds of jam bands and bluegrass have been coalescing more and more lately. As a result, the distinct subgenre of “jamgrass” has emerged, combining bluegrass’s instrumental prowess and format with the free-form solos and long breakdowns typified by Phish, Hot Tuna, and naturally, the Grateful Dead. This list takes a look at how more traditional bluegrass artists have taken on the material of the Grateful Dead—pickers like Jesse McReynolds who covers “Franklin’s Tower,” Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway who perform “Dire Wolf,” and Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley who take on “Brown Eyed Women.” Enjoy this playlist of Deadgrass!

David Chernack

David Chernack is a fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist from the Hudson Valley. Trained as a classical violist, David found out about bluegrass music in high school and despite his best efforts has been unable to kick the habit in adulthood. He picked up mandolin and guitar in college in Boston, where he studied environmental science and music. While not at his day job or pickin' 'grass, David also enjoys birdwatching and wrenching on cars.

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