Since the 1960s, David Grisman has been redefining what that mandolin means in bluegrass—and even what bluegrass means itself. With a laundry list of collaborators from Andy Statman to Jerry Garcia to Ricky Skaggs to John Hartford, Grisman’s unmistakable “Dawg” stylings elevated the elements of jazz, swing, Jewish, and Latin musics from the fringes of bluegrass music to a more prominent place in it—all while happily inhabiting the more traditional world of bluegrass through supergroups like Old in the Way. Bluegrass mandolin wouldn’t be what is today—a multifaceted, adaptable, and nimble instrumental voice—without him. Enjoy this playlist of the best of David Grisman!
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.