Not for Kids Only
Jerry Garcia and David GrismanInitial release : 1993
Acoustic Disc ACD 9
The second Garcia/Grisman album, this one concentrating on 'children's songs'
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The majority of songs on Not For Kids Only were among those played by both Garcia and Grisman in the early stages of their careers in the early 1960s. They were also part of the repertoire of the New Lost City Ramblers whose playing and repertoire were an early influence on Garcia. This influence is acknowledged in the CD booklet;
Note : To remind them of some of the words, Jerry and David used a collection called "Old-Time String Band Songbook" (formerly the "New Lost City Ramblers Songbook" - Oak Publications 1976) edited by John Cohen and Mike Seeger. It contains a lot of other songs you might enjoy.Two tracks from this CD are included on one of the Acostic Disc samplers (see below). In the notes in the sampler booklet David Grisman refers to Not For Kids Only;
Not For Kids Only is a project I've been wanting to do for years with my friend and fellow father Jerry Garcia; it's sort of our answer to "Barney."Note on publishing;
All proceeds from the publishing of these songs will go to the Carousel Fund, a Petaluma, California organization dedicated to assisting families with children who suffer from catastrophic illnesses.The CD booklet also contains brief notes on the songs and lyrics.
The violinist on Not For Kids Only, Heather Katz, is Garcia's daughter.
The core music for this CD was recorded by Garcia and Grisman. Grisman subsequently brought in the extra musicians to overdub additional parts.
In an interview Garcia commented on the choice of material for Not For Kids Only compared to the usual song selection on kids albums;
Kids like weird shit in there, they like crazy stuff lurking around, things with teeth, crazy people. They're realistic. They know the world is full of weird stuff and kids sort of prefer weird stuff, they rejoice in it. It's no big thing, but it's nice to be able to throw some music back in there that's originally from that world; bring some of the weirdness back, take a chance a little. I mean it's sort of trusting the kids that they can handle something more than terminal niceness."Related releases
Jenny Jenkins is included on the compilation CD:
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