Not for Kids Only

Not for Kids Only is an album of children's songs released by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Most of the songs come from the Southeast region of the United States. It was released by Acoustic Disc.

Not for Kids Only
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 1993
GenreProgressive bluegrass, new acoustic
LabelAcoustic Disc
ProducerDavid Grisman
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The song "Jenny Jenkins" is featured in the 2015 compilation album This Record Belongs To....[1][2]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic      [3]
The Music Box      [4]

On AllMusic, Lindsay Planer said, "Not for Kids Only (1993) is an album of folkie standards and traditional tunes... The obvious kinship between the musicians radiates throughout every track as their moods alternate between light and silly "There Ain't No Bugs on Me" to the darker-edged "When First Unto This Country".... One of the most endearing cuts is the comedic dialogue between Garcia and Grisman on "Arkansas Traveller"."[3]

In The Music Box, John Metzger wrote, "[In the early-to-mid 1990s Jerry Garcia] managed to find time to reconnect with old pal David Grisman for a series of recording projects, jam sessions, and occasional concert performances. The second album spawned from this fruitful collaboration was the lighthearted Not for Kids Only. As the title suggests, one need not have children to enjoy this collection of traditional tunes and folk standards."[4]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Jenny Jenkins" (Traditional) - 4:22
  2. "Freight Train" (Elizabeth Cotten) - 5:20
  3. "A Horse Named Bill" (Traditional) - 3:04
  4. "Three Men Went A-Hunting" (Traditional) - 3:15
  5. "When First Unto This Country" (Traditional) - 4:01
  6. "Arkansas Traveller" (Traditional) - 3:28
  7. "Hopalong Peter" (Traditional) - 2:37
  8. "Teddy Bears' Picnic" (Traditional) - 4:26
  9. "There Ain't No Bugs On Me" (Traditional) - 4:50
  10. "The Miller's Will" (Traditional) - 3:09
  11. "Hot Corn, Cold Corn" (Traditional) - 4:02
  12. "A Shenandoah Lullaby" ("Oh Shenandoah" and an instrumental version of Brahms' Lullaby) (Traditional) - 7:52


  • David Grisman - mandolin, mandocello, tenor banjo, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals, artwork
  • Hal Blaine - percussion, tambourine
  • Joe Craven - violin, percussion, foot stomping
  • Matt Eakle - piccolo, penny whistle
  • Larry Granger - violoncello
  • Larry Hanks - Jew's-Harp
  • Heather Katz - violin
  • Jim Kerwin - bass
  • Daniel Kobialka - violin
  • Pamela Lanford - English horn, oboe
  • Jim Miller - slap bass
  • Rick Montgomery - guitar
  • Kevin Porter - trombone
  • John Rosenberg - piano
  • Jim Rothermel - clarinet
  • Willow Scarlett - harmonica
  • Nanci Severance - viola
  • Jody Stecher - violin, vocals
  • Peter Welker - trumpet


  1. ^ Roberts, Randall (December 12, 2015). "'This Record Belongs To ...' Introduces Kids to the Joys of Music on Vinyl, Complete with Turntable". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "This Record Belongs To". Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. Not for Kids Only at AllMusic
  4. ^ a b Metzger, John (June 2003). Not for Kids Only, The Music Box