This year, Almost AcousticThe Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band‘s out-of-print 1988 live album—celebrates its 30th anniversary. In honor of this landmark anniversary, the album will receive a special limited-edition reissue for Record Store Day 2018’s Black Friday offering, set for release on November 23rd. Furthermore, Almost Acoustic will be made available in two totally new formats: CD and a double LP on black-and-green-marbled 180-gram vinyl with individually numbered foil-stamped gatefold jackets. Only 5,000 copies of this limited-edition album will be released.

As a press release explained,

Recorded in 1987 at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, Almost Acoustic features Jerry Garcia (guitar & vocals) performing with some of his closest pre-Dead friends and collaborators from the early 1960’s – Sandy Rothman (mandolin, dobro & vocals) and David Nelson (guitar & vocals). Joining in were Kenny Kosek (fiddle) and long-time Jerry Garcia Band alums John Kahn (upright bass) and David Kemper (snare drum). Songs include influential folk traditionals, such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, “Blue Yodel #9” and “Diamond Joe”. The album also highlights songs that were consistently woven in and out of Garcia’s career as both a solo artist and with the Grateful Dead, including “Deep Elem Blues”, “Oh, The Wind And Rain” and the Garcia/Hunter classic, “Ripple”.

For more information on Record Store Day and a list of local, independent record stores where the release will be available, visit