It’s not easy being a multi-hyphenate. But singer-songwriter-guitarist-radio producer/ host-author-journalist-record producer-photographer DAVID GANS at least makes it look like loads of fun. 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.
David is also known far and wide as the light behind the widely syndicated Grateful Dead Hour radio program, and co-host of SIRIUS XM’s Tales From the Golden Road, several books on the Dead and a number of intriguing CDs relating to the band and its music, David has in recent years blossomed into a compelling performer in his own right, touring nationally and releasing several albums.
His "solo electric" performance is likely to consist of several elements: country-blues-style fingerpicking; loop-based improvisations created live in the moment; sweetly-sung ballads, original or borrowed; Grateful Dead songs reinterpreted to suit his voice and guitar; wry observations of the music-festival subculture and the larger world; soulful and passionate political commentary; favorites from the folk-rock canon of the last 50 years. Mix and match - it's never the same show twice, but it's always worth a listen.