Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bonnaroo 2009 Artist: David Grisman Quintet

David Grisman is a bluegrass/newgrass mandolinist from New Jersey and composer of acoustic music. In the early 90's he created the Acoustic Disc record label in hopes to spread acoustic and instrumental music.

When David was seven years old, his professional trombonist father had him take piano lessons, but it was when he was around 13 or 14 that he discovered folk music and the Kingston Trio.

In 1964 Grisman met Jerry Garcia at a Bill Monroe show at Sunset Park, and Garcia dubbed him with the nickname "Dawg." Dawg music is what he calls his mix of bluegrass and Reinhardt/Grappelli-influenced jazz.

Throughout his career, Grisman has been apart of many different musical projects and has collaborated with countless musicians of various styles including Rob Wasserman, Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Mark O' Connor, Bela Fleck, David Bromberg, Del McCoury, Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs, Sam Bush and the Kronos Quartet.

In 2007 he sued YouTube because he felt that they should be required to prevent individuals from posting recordings of his music, and that he felt he was the one who should be responsible for licensing and policing his own copyrights.

Other artists you may like:

Merle Haggard, Del McCoury Band

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