Old & In The Way
Live at the Boarding House: Complete Shows
By Dean S.
Forty or so years ago quite a few of us got our first taste of bluegrass music – mostly out of dedication to all things Jerry Garcia. The album and band were called Old & In The Way – Jerry on banjo, Dave Grisman mandolin, John Kahn bass, and Bill Monroe graduates Vassar Clements and Peter Rowan played, respectively, fiddle and guitar. Everybody sang except John. After listening to this record (repeatedly) I found myself addicted to the high lonesome harmonies and hot pickin’. Lucky for me the bluegrass festivals in rural Illinois were plentiful and I got to see many of the music’s icons. But I never got to see this group. Long out of print, the album remains a favorite and although variations of the original album have been issued over the years none was ever quite so satisfying. Acoustic Disc has rectified that situation by releasing all four of the bands legendary sets from October of 1973, including 14 previously unreleased tracks. Well, glory!