Will Hermes
June 21, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dawgnation

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Acoustic Disc
genre
Rock, Country

We gave it a C+

Unfairly, the leader of this veteran bluegrass-fusion outfit is better known as the after-hours pickin’ pal of late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia (see the recent doc Grateful Dawg) than as a genre visionary. But his group’s return — just in time to catch the O Brother roots-music-revival train — is jammy global folk padded with lite-jazz fluff. So be it: Initiates should first check the mandolinist’s 1975 high-lonesome supersession with Garcia, Old and in the Way.

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