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In the early '60s, David Grisman and Jerry Garcia were two bluegrass enthusiasts in their early twenties who met after they had seen each other perform. Garcia went on to lead the legendary psychedelic band the Grateful Dead, while Grisman became a world-class mandolin player who blended jazz and bluegrass into a unique style he liked to call "Dawg Music." David and Jerry never lost their enthusiasm for roots music, and in 1973 they formed a progressive bluegrass group called Old and in the Way with Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements. The group quickly gained a large following and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A multilayered documentary that explores music and friendship, and in its own quiet way, the battle with fame."
‑ , Chicago Tribune
"It may not be much in the way of documentary filmmaking, but for fans of Garcia, Grisman or good old-fashioned American music, it's enough to be grateful for."
‑ Pam Sitt, Seattle Times
"It's a laid-back musical documentary featuring the lead guitarist and singer for the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, and his friend, mandolin virtuoso, David Grisman."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's up to Grisman and his family and colleagues to speak for [Garcia]; unfortunately, their comments aren't very illuminating."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"A pretty watchable documentary, one that will obviously be of interest to music lovers."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"If you hadn't guessed already, this is a movie about the deep-reaching allure of roots music. However, the very fact that it's about the roots music performed by these two unlikely collaborators makes it something more."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"This one's for Deadheads and dawg-lovers only."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"[W]hen your subject is as interesting as this, and when the music your camera catches is this lively and toe-tapping, you don't exactly have to be a brilliant or innovative filmmaker."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Starts to dissolve into a pleasant but overlong home movie."
‑ Sean Piccoli, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The music is the star here, and the film gives a sense even to the uninitiated of the level at which journeymen musicians connect and converse with each other."
‑ John Foyston, Oregonian
"If you come to Grateful Dawg to hear a lot of wonderful music, you'll walk away satisfied."
‑ Howard Cohen, Miami Herald
"Though Grateful Dawg isn't a great documentary, it holds plenty of enjoyment for acoustic-music fans."
‑ G. Brown, Denver Post
"To hear these guys perform Off To Sea Once More, Friend Of The Devil, Sitting Here In Limbo and several other tunes is worth the price of admission."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"A rough, unsophisticated but ultimately endearing look at another side of Jerry Garcia."
‑ Timothy Finn, Kansas City Star
"A must for any Deadhead and of genuine interest to any music fan, even if its documentary chops hit a few sour notes."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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