Derived from an appearance by David Nelson on my KPFA show, Dead to the World, on August 18, 1999.
Best known for his work with the New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Nelson is one of Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia’s oldest musical buds. They played folk music and bluegrass together in the early ’60s, and in this interview Nelson also reveals that he was a founding member of the jug band that became the Grateful Dead, Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions.
In the interview Nelson talks about the founding of the David Nelson Band. “I met [guitarist/pedal steel Barry Sless, keyboardist Mookie Siegel, and bassist Bill Laymon] in another group that we were in in the early ’90s, a tribute to the Grateful Dead called the Dead Ringers….Read on at Dead.net