Old & In The Gray
With their roots firmly planted in bluegrass history, Old & In The Gray reunites Peter Rowan, David Grisman and Vassar Clements from the original bluegrass boundary-breakers, Old & In The Way.
Sparked by a reunion at one of David Grisman’s legendary Birthday Bash concerts in San Francisco in the later 1990s, these three musicians of the highest bluegrass caliber called upon veteran banjo player and vocalist supreme Herb Pedersen to fill the slot left vacant by the late Jerry Garcia, along with Austin local Bryn Bright on upright bass. Just as Old & In The Way brought an expanded spirit and repertoire to the bluegrass genre, Old & In The Gray continues in that same tradition. Entwining the contemporary with the classic, their premiere self-titled recording offers tracks by John Hartford, Townes Van Zandt, the Rolling Stones’, Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, among others. Old & In The Gray can surely attest to bluegrass music’s coming of age, arriving at a time of mass cultural awareness, reminiscent of the effect of the first Old & In The Way album from 1975.