Almost Acoustic

Almost Acoustic is a live album by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band. Held in high esteem by fans for superb sound quality and fine musical selection, it contains songs that were recorded from late November to early December 1987 at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco and the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.[1][2][3] It was released on December 6, 1988.

Almost Acoustic
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band - Almost Acoustic.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedDecember 6, 1988
RecordedNovember 27-December 6, 1987
GenreFolk, bluegrass
LabelGrateful Dead Records
ProducerSandy Rothman
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band chronology
Almost Acoustic
Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, New York City, October 31, 1987
Jerry Garcia chronology
Keystone Encores
Almost Acoustic
Jerry Garcia / David Grisman
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]

The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band was a short-lived musical ensemble that played folk and bluegrass music, using acoustic instruments. The members of the band were Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, David Nelson on guitar and vocals, Sandy Rothman on mandolin, dobro, and vocals, John Kahn on double bass, Kenny Kosek on fiddle, and, on some songs, David Kemper on snare drum.[1][2]

A second album by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, also recorded live in 1987, is Ragged but Right, which was released in 2010. Additionally, three live albums from the 1987 Lunt-Fontanne shows that were released in some years later include music by the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band as well as the Jerry Garcia BandPure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, New York City, October 31, 1987, Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, New York City, The Best of the Rest, October 15–30, 1987, and On Broadway: Act One – October 28th, 1987.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Recording DateLength
1."Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"traditionalDecember 3, 1987, Wiltern Theatre3:30
2."Deep Elem Blues"traditionalDecember 5, 1987, Wiltern Theatre6:09
3."Blue Yodel #9 (Standing on the Corner)"Jimmie RodgersNovember 27, 1987, Warfield Theatre6:12
4."Spike Driver's Blues"Mississippi John HurtDecember 3, 1987, Wiltern Theatre6:44
5."I've Been All Around This World"traditionalDecember 3, 1987, Wiltern Theatre6:18
6."Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail"Karl Davis, Harty TaylorNovember 28, 1987, Warfield Theatre5:16
7."I'm Troubled"traditionalNovember 27, 1987, Warfield Theatre4:52
8."Oh, the Wind and Rain"traditionalDecember 5, 1987, Wiltern Theatre4:39
9."The Girl at the Crossroads Bar"Bill BrysonNovember 29, 1987, Warfield Theatre2:37
10."Oh, Babe, It Ain't No Lie"Elizabeth CottenDecember 6, 1987, Wiltern Theatre6:19
11."Casey Jones"HurtDecember 4, 1987, Wiltern Theatre4:05
12."Diamond Joe"Tex LoganDecember 6, 1987, Wiltern Theatre3:29
13."Gone Home"Bill CarlisleDecember 6, 1987, Wiltern Theatre4:41
14."Ripple"Jerry Garcia, Robert HunterDecember 4, 1987, Wiltern Theatre4:21
Total length:70:11


Jerry Garcia Acoustic BandEdit


  • Producer – Sandy Rothman
  • Live stereo recording – John Cutler
  • Digital editing – Sonic Solutions
  • Digital mastering – Joe Gastwirt
  • Cover art – John Kahn
  • Photography – Ken Friedman


  1. ^ a b c Planer, Lindsay. Almost Acoustic at AllMusic. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Almost Acoustic at the Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  3. ^ Almost Acoustic at Discogs. Retrieved April 17, 2013.