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David Gans and Friends

Tuesday April 27th ~ The Rocket Club ~ Asheville, NC
Wednesday, April 28th ~ The Blind Tiger ~ Greensboro, NC
Thursday, April 29th ~ MoDaddy’s ~ Asheville, NC
Friday, April 30th ~ The Reel House Cinema ~ Boone, NC


David Gans has had a long career as a media multi-hyphenate: singer-songwriter-guitarist-radio producer/host-author-journalist-record producer-photographer. That he can juggle so many balls in the air is nothing short of astonishing; that he does it with such skill, passion, assurance, wit and grace is even more remarkable.

Along with his stories and music, David has wrangles up a fine group of musicians to play with him while he is out this way: Jay Sanders on bass (Acoustic Syndicate), Dave McCracken on Keys (Donna the Buffalo), Billy Cardine on Dobro (Biscuit Burners), Mike Rhodes on Drums (The Blue Rags), and Bobby Miller on mandolin (The Virginia Dare Devils), amongst other special guests. There will be different configurations of musicians on the different days…

Known far and wide as the light behind the widely syndicated Grateful Dead Hour radio program, several books on the Dead and a number of intriguing CDs relating to the band and its music (see discography below), David has in recent years developed a solid following nationwide for his compelling songs and music. In fact, despite the economic downturn, David says he’s had his best year ever out on the road: “I’m having great gigs! Creatively, I’m as satisfied as I can be. I’m in complete control of my own musical destiny and I’m doing it on my own terms. I don’t have any executives telling me they ‘don’t hear a single,’” he laughs. “I’m not at anybody’s mercy.”

But “skilled solo performer” fills only one page of David’s artistic resumé. Besides playing in all sorts of bands through the years—from the fondly remembered Reptiles to the Honky Tonk Hippies, to his recent forays jamming on Beatles songs with Chris and Lorin Rowan (and friends) in a group called Rubber Souldiers—he’s also sat in with an amazing range of fine musicians, such as Phil Lesh, Donna the Buffalo, Henry Kaiser, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ollabelle, the late great Vassar Clements, Jim Lauderdale, The String Cheese Incident, Peter Rowan, and moe., to name just a few.

He has also written songs with a host of others, including Jim Page, Lorin Rowan, and Robert Hunter. And his live repertoire is peppered with an incredibly broad (and unpredictable) range of cover tunes by old and new musical heroes. Pressed to list some of his own songwriting influences not too long ago, David reeled off Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Steve Goodman, John Prine, CSN, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Mann & Weil, Carole King, Gram Parsons, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Robbie Robertson, and the Grateful Dead; quite a list. But he’ll also tell you that in recent years, as he’s toured extensively and played with so many superb musicians at festivals and in other settings, he’s discovered a whole new generation of songwriters and players who are inspiring him.

As both a player and a fan, he understands the indefinable transformative power of music—how it feeds our very life-force, bonds us together in obvious and unseen ways, teaches us, heals us, makes us better citizens of this fragile planet.

As David notes, “I came up in the time when we thought music could change world, and I still think it can—the only way the world can be changed: one person, one soul at a time.”

He’s definitely doing his part!

Check out this great review of David’s  new single release, “Life is  Jam”

David Gans on the web:
Blog: http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com
Web site: http://www.dgans.com
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgans
Music: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/dgans


David Gans Show details:

The Mindtopnic Music Series: David Gans, Jay Sanders, Billy Cardine, Bobby Miller & Tim Haney
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
The Rocket Club

$5, 9pm
401 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC. 28806
828.505.2494
http://www.therocketclub.net

David Gans, Jay Sanders, Bobby Miller, Dave McCracken, and guests
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
The Blind Tiger

$7, 9:30 doors
2115 Walker Ave
Greensboro, NC 27403
336-272-9888
http://www.theblindtiger.com/

David Gans, Jay Sanders, Billy Cardine, Bobby Miller & Mike Rhodes
Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Mo Daddy’s

$5, 9pm
77-B Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC
828-258-1550
www.myspace.com/modaddysbar

David Gans, Jay Sanders, Bobby Miller & Mike Rhodes
Friday, April 30th, 2010
The Reel House Cinema
The Lost Ridge Band opens

$5, doors 10pm
828-262-3222
215 Boone Heights Drive
Boone, NC 28607
-Turn at the Burger King, they are across from the Wellness Center
http://www.thereelhouseboone.com/

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Posted by David Gans in his GD Blog:

http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com/archives/2833

Week of November 30, 2009

Part 1 24:19
Introduction
Grateful Dead 1/17/79 New Haven Coliseum
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Part 2 31:06
Galen Kipar Project, Why It’s Needed
SLOW DOWN
Interview: TONI BROWN
Toni Brown and Ed Munson, State of Mind
IT’S NOT A.D.D.

My friend Erin Scholze gave me a handful of CDs (mostly musicians she works with in her publicity and promotion business, Dream Spider) when I was in Asheville NC in October. The two that I got hooked on are Found a Reason by Mad Tea Party, and Why It’s Needed by Galen Kipar. I just had to share one of Galen’s songs with you.

I made contact with Galen via Facebook, and when I heard he was coming to Northern California to visit his sister for Thanksgiving I invited him to appear on my KPFA show, Dead to the World. Here’s the audio.

Toni Brown was the editor and publisher of Relix Magazine for many years. She has just published Relix: The Book – The Grateful Dead Experience, a compilation of articles, photos, and other material from the Deadhead publication’s long history. Toni and her partner, Ed Munson, are also touring behind a CD titled State of Mind. We crossed paths a couple of times in October, and I grabbed this interview with her at MagnoliaFest in Live Oak, Florida.

Last but certainly not least, big thanks to Charlie Miller for passing along a recently-unearthed soundboard recording from the winter of 1979. For decades, this tour was the stuff of legends because of the great performances that were available only on audience tapes. And what fine audience tapes they are! It’s interesting to hear soundboard recordings after all these years.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Jerry Garcia Family LLC, presenting Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 2 – Let It Rock. This is the first edition of the Jerry Garcia Band, recorded in November 1975 with the great Nicky Hopkins on keyboards. And from Grateful Dead Productions, announcing Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 1 – the complete show from December 28, 1979, with Brent Mydland at the keyboards. More information on both of these new releases, sample tracks, discussion board and more online at dead.net. And from damnfineday.com, building your music collection one song at a time.

And by the way, we post a show from the Grateful Dead Hour archive on Dead.Net every Wednesday. You can browse or search the GD Hour playlists here – and feel free to request a show!

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Galen Kipar on KPFA

with David Gans on Dead to the World

November 27th, 2009

orginal post by David Gans

http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com/archives/2825

Galen Kipar came to KPFA this week for some music and talk. He’s from North Carolina, visiting his sister in Sonoma County. I was given a copy of his CD Why It’s Needed by Erin Scholze of DreamSpider (who also put together a great gig for me while I was in Asheville in October – thanks again for that!), and I was hooked right away.

I was a few seconds late in getting the recording started (which is just as well because the vocal microphone was turned up too high at the beginning of the song anyway) so we join the performance in progress. You’ll hear (most of) “October Snow,” plus “Ebb and Flow,” “For Frieda,” and some conversation. Enjoy! (Approximately 24 minutes)

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Just received the below update from David Gans on his November tour with Boris Garcia and lots more. We had so much fun with him here  in Asheville and at Shakori Hills this year. I want to express my appreciation to him for all he does 🙂 We are all so happy that he is feeling healthy and also want to wish him the happiest of Birthdays!

I had to miss it this fall, but I have heard amazing things about the sets at Magnolia Fest down in Live Oak Florida;  solo, with the Rubber Souldiers, and sitting in with Donna the Buffalo and friends.

Here’s a video clip to enjoy:

And here are a few songs to check out:

Fennario
(Pretty Peggy-O) – Donna the Buffalo with DG

Revolution

Day Tripper/Satisfaction
DTB with Rubber Souldiers (DG, Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan)

Greetings and happy autumn to all!

Health update: all is well! I saw my cardiologist yesterday. We need to adjust my cholesterol meds a bit, but everything looks pretty good. I am riding my bike daily, working out with my fitness trainer once a week, eating wisely and losing weight, etc.

My October tour of the southeast was just about the best ever! My first appearance at Shakori Hills was very well-received and every seems to think I’m likely to be invited back; MagnoliaFest was great, as always – I played a solo set, a “DG & Friends” set with a terrific band (Jay Sanders, bass; Mark van Allen, pedal steel; Wildman Steve, drums; David McCracken, keyboards); and Rubber Souldiers made a big splash on the Amphitheater Stage (and no thunderstorms!). In between the two festivals, I played in Asheville NC, Kennesaw GA, Decatur GA, Cullman AL, and live on Wildman Steve Radio. All the shows were well-attended and my music was very well-received. I am a happy camper! Thanks to all who made things happen, especially Erin Scholze in Asheville, Row Jimmy and Uncle John in Cullman, Jim and Maggie Roe in Kennesaw, and Molly Brown and Nancy Lewis-Pegel in Decatur.

This week saw the publication of a very warm review of The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best in the online music publication The Bluegrass Special: www.thebluegrassspecial.com

If you’re into that Twitter thing, you can follow me there – I’m @davidgans

This week I am very happy to be playing four shows in Northern California, sharing the stage with my good friends Boris Garcia from Philadelphia. Check them out at www.borisgarcia.com

Thursday, November 5: Boris Garcia and DG at the Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut Street, San Francisco

Friday, November 6: Boris Garcia and DG at Harvest Hoedown – 71 E Commercial Street, Willits CA

Saturday, November 7: Boris Garcia and DG at the Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA

Sunday, November 8: Boris Garcia and DG at Humboldt Brews, 856 10th Street, Arcata CA. 707-826-2739

Saturday, December 12: House concert in Berkeley CA. Details TBA.

Friday, December 18: DG plays the Poster Room (upstairs bar) at the Fillmore, Fillmore @ Geary, San Francisco. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine is the headliner. DG plays before the show and during the break.

Saturday, December 19, 2-4pm: Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax CA. No cover!

Sunday, December 27: DG plays the Poster Room (upstairs bar) at the Fillmore, Fillmore @ Geary, San Francisco. Railroad Earth is the headliner. DG plays before the show and during the break.

Thursday, December 31: XTra Ticket w/ DG at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff, Arizona. www.orpheumpresents.com

January 21-31: Hawaii tour with the David Nelson Band! Details TBA.  www.nelsonband.com

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As always, more info at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html

David Gans – david@trufun.com or david@gdhour.com
Truth and Fun, Inc., 484 Lake Park Ave. #102, Oakland CA 94610-2730
Blog: http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com
Web site: http://www.dgans.com
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgans
Music: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/dgans

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We are so Grateful for David Gans! He is wonderful musician from Oakland, California that was passing though Asheville between shows at Shakori Hills and Magnolia Festival.  My boyfriend Jay and I are filled with Gratitude for his stay in Asheville this past weekend. Great times with old and new friends, lots of amazing music, and a fabulous way to break in our new pad.

David played a few solo sets looping his guitar for an amazingly full sound.  Joining David at the houseparty in playing Jay Sanders on bass, Bobby Miller on mandolin, and Billy Cardine on dobro.  Others hanging for the late night pickin at the houseparty with Jason Flournoy, Billy Constable, Mark Shimick, Leigh Hillard and Deb Ryder amongst others.  The next day David and Bobby did a radio hour on WNCW with Martin Anderson and then headed over to MoDaddy’s to join the others again in playing, this time with Billy Seawell on Drums, and Billy Cardine playing his brand new beautiful handmade Pedal Steel, and Jason Flournoy and Billy Constable taking turns on Banjo…

David performs many originals like “Bounty for the County with the line: The Ones that Look  The Weirdest Taste the Best”, “Down to Eugene”, and “Shove in the Right Direction”, as well as some amazing Dead covers including most of the Terrapin Suite.  He also played a very sweet version of Broken Arrow, which always puts chills up my spine…

Thank you David for a real good time!!!

What Fun!!! Here are a few pics of the houseparty:

music: www.DGans.com/tunes.html
Website:
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Twitter:
www.Twitter.com/davidgans
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/dgans

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Exciting news… David Gans is coming through Asheville on Thursday, October 15th and performing at Mo Daddy’s. He is  a fabulous singer-songwriter/ guitarist and has wrangled up some buddies here in Asheville for this show at Mo Daddy’s; some of who are Bobby Miller (Virginia Dare Devils), Billy Cardine (The Biscuit Burners), Jay Sanders (Donna the Buffalo, Acoustic Syndicate), amongst other surprise guests.

David is over on this side of the country from Northern California for Shakori Hills Festival in Silk Hope, NC and Magnolia Festival in Live Oak Florida in October.

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David recently released a new CD this past year, The One’s that Look the Weirdest Taste the Best,in which the extremely versatile core band is 4/6 of the adventurous jamgrass unit Railroad Earth—violinist/harmonica player Tim Carbone (who also produced the CD), mandolinist and pianist John Skehan III, multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling, and bassist Johnny Grubb.

As you might surmise from the range of instruments on the CD, David tackles a broad variety of styles on The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best, from acoustic folk rambles, to spry country-rock, and the rockin’ Dylanesque “Like a Dog” (which David co-wrote with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter). Still, as David is quick to point out, “this is, above all, a songwriter’s album and the songs are the main thing.” He covers a lot of ground over the course of eleven incisive songs born from his experiences, observations and fantasies—sometimes all three at once. He describes the overall tone as “spiritually positive and socially critical,” but within that range there’s humor, anger, despair, delicacy and a million other emotions we’ve come to expect from the deep well of David’s soul.

David Gans has had a long career as a media multi-hyphenate: singer-songwriter-guitarist-radio producer/host-author-journalist-record producer-photographer. That he can juggle so many balls in the air is nothing short of astonishing; that he does it with such skill, passion, assurance, wit and grace is even more remarkable.

Known far and wide as the light behind the widely syndicated Grateful Dead Hour radio program, several books on the Dead and a number of intriguing CDs relating to the band and its music (see discography below), David has in recent years developed a solid following nationwide for his compelling songs and music. In fact, despite the economic downturn, David says he’s had his best year ever out on the road: “I’m having great gigs! Creatively, I’m as satisfied as I can be. I’m in complete control of my own musical destiny and I’m doing it on my own terms. I don’t have any executives telling me they ‘don’t hear a single,’” he laughs. “I’m not at anybody’s mercy.”

But “skilled solo performer” fills only one page of David’s artistic resumé. Besides playing in all sorts of bands through the years—from the fondly remembered Reptiles to the Honky Tonk Hippies, to his recent forays jamming on Beatles songs with Chris and Lorin Rowan (and friends) in a group called Rubber Souldiers—he’s also sat in with an amazing range of fine musicians, such as Phil Lesh, Donna the Buffalo, Henry Kaiser, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ollabelle, the late great Vassar Clements, Jim Lauderdale, The String Cheese Incident, Peter Rowan, and moe., to name just a few. He has also written songs with a host of others, including Jim Page, Lorin Rowan, and Robert Hunter. And his live repertoire is peppered with an incredibly broad (and unpredictable) range of cover tunes by old and new musical heroes. Pressed to list some of his own songwriting influences not too long ago, David reeled off Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Steve Goodman, John Prine, CSN, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Mann & Weil, Carole King, Gram Parsons, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Robbie Robertson, and the Grateful Dead; quite a list. But he’ll also tell you that in recent years, as he’s toured extensively and played with so many superb musicians at festivals and in other settings, he’s discovered a whole new generation of songwriters and players who are inspiring him.

As both a player and a fan, he understands the indefinable transformative power of music—how it feeds our very life-force, bonds us together in obvious and unseen ways, teaches us, heals us, makes us better citizens of this fragile planet.

As David notes, “I came up in the time when we thought music could change world, and I still think it can—the only way the world can be changed: one person, one soul at a time.”

He’s definitely doing his part.

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