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Not for Kids Only

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman

Initial release : 1993

Acoustic Disc ACD 9

The second Garcia/Grisman album, this one concentrating on 'children's songs'


  • Jenny Jenkins (Traditional)
  • Freight Train (Elizabeth Cotten)
  • Horse Named Bill (Traditional)
  • Three Men Went A-Hunting (Traditional)
  • When First Unto This Country (Traditional)
  • Arkansas Traveler (Traditional)
  • Hop Along Peter (Traditional)
  • Teddy Bears' Picnic (Traditional)
  • There Ain't No Bugs on Me (Traditional)
  • Miller's Will (Traditional)
  • Hot Corn, Cold Corn (Traditional)
  • Shenandoah Lullaby(Traditional)

On all tracks:

  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • David Grisman - mandolin, mando-cello, tenor banjo, vocals
Additional musicians play on other tracks as follows.

Jenny Jenkins:

  • Hal Blaine - tambourine
  • Larry Hanks - jew's harp
Freight Train:
  • Hal Blaine - percussion
  • Joe Craven - percussion
Horse Named Bill:
  • Hal Blaine - percussion
  • Matt Eakle - piccolo
Three Men Went A-Hunting:
  • Will Scarlett - harmonica
  • Jody Stecher - vocals
When First Unto This Country:
  • Hal Blaine - percussion
Arkansas Traveler:
  • Joe Craven - happy feet, fiddle
Hop Along Peter:
  • Joe Craven - fiddle
Teddy Bears' Picnic:
  • Rick Montgomery - rhythm guitar
  • Jim Kerwin - bass
  • Peter Welker - trumpet
  • Jim Rothermel - clarinet
  • Kevin Porter - trombone
There Ain't No Bugs on Me:
  • Jim Miller - slap
Miller's Will:
  • Jody Stecher - fiddle
  • Hal Blaine - jew's harp
Hot Corn, Cold Corn:
  • Jody Stecher - harmony
  • Hal Blaine - percussion
  • Matt Eakle - penny whistle
Shenandoah Lullaby:
  • John Rosenberg - piano
  • Heather Katz - violin
  • Dan Kobialka - violin
  • Chun Ming Mo - violin
  • Nancy Severance - viola
  • Larry Granger - cello
  • Pamela Lanford - english horn, oboe

  • Producer - David Grisman
  • Mixing - Dawg with Decibel Dave
  • Engineer - David Dennison
  • Assistant Producer - Craig Miller
  • Liner Notes - Mayne Smith
  • Mastering - Paul Stubblebine
  • Photography - Susana Millman
  • Art Direction - Mike Moser
  • Artwork - Jerry Garcia
  • Notes - Mayne Smith
  • All compositions arranged and adapted by Grisman and Garcia

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 Acoustic 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:

Hot Corn, Cold Corn and Teddy Bear's Picnic are included on the Acoustic Disc sampler; There Ain't No Bugs On Me is included on the compilation CD: Shenandoah Lullaby is included on two compilations: Freight Train is included on: Teddy Bears Picnic was used as the audio part of a children's book: There Ain't No Bugs on Me was used as the audio part of a children's book: Jenny Jenkins was used as the audio part of a children's book: An expanded, deluxe edition of Not For Kids Only was released as a Hi-Def download in 2020: In 2022 David Grisman and Danny Barnes recorded a podcast in which they discussed and played tracks from the Not For Kids Only album. This podcast was subsequently made available as a download:
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