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John Dawson Discography

John Dawson was a founder member of the New Riders Of The Purple Sage and toured with the Dead and NRPS during the early 1970s. During this period he sat in with the Dead on a number of occasions and possibly contributed to three Grateful Dead LPs; Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. Dawson contributed to the writing of Friend Of The Devil and was the major songwriter for the New Riders during the 1970's and 1980's.

John Dawson played on all NRPS recordings though to the 1990's. For a discography of these recordings see the New Riders Of The Purple Sage page.

Additions, corrections and comments are welcome

New Riders Of The Purple Sage : NRPS recordings
Playing contributions other recordings : albums/singles/compilations
Non-playing appearances on albums : covers of John Dawson compositions

New Riders Of The Purple Sage recordings

John Dawson played on all NRPS recordings though to the 1990's. For a discography of these recordings see:

info New Riders Of The Purple Sage page

Playing contributions to other recordings: albums/singles/compilations

info Aoxomoxoa, Grateful Dead, 1969
info Single (Dupree's Diamond Blues / Cosmic Charlie), Grateful Dead, 1969 (possibly)
info The 1969 Warner/Reprise Record Show, Various Artists, 1969 (possibly)
info Workingman's Dead, Grateful Dead, 1970
info American Beauty, Grateful Dead, 1970
info Skeletons From The Closet, Grateful Dead, 1974 (possibly)
info What A Long Strange Trip It's Been, Grateful Dead, 1977 (possibly)
info American Beauty / Workingman's Dead, Grateful Dead, 198?
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), Grateful Dead, 2001
info Road Trips: Vol 3, Number 3: Fillmore East, 5/15/70, Grateful Dead, 2010
info Aoxomoxoa (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition), Grateful Dead, 2019
info The Story Of The Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead, 2020

Recordings that include John Dawson compositions

info Ian & Sylvia, Ian & Sylvia, 1971
info Don't It Drag On, Chris Smither, 1972
info 7" single (Mail Order Mystics / Friend Of The Devil), Chris Smither, 1972
info Hot Spit!, Humphrey And The Dumptrucks, 1972
info Original Bones, Original Bones, 1972
info Grass Menagerie, Grass Menagerie, 1973
no info Single (Reuben's Train / Last Lonely Eagle), Grass Menagerie, 1973
info The Best Of Ian & Sylvia, Ian & Sylvia, 1973
info Country Store, Country Store, 1974
info Colorado Folk Two, Various Artists, 1974
info Hello City Limits, City Limits Bluegrass Band, 1975
info Mirth And Merriment, Three on a String, 1975
info Pistol Packin' Mama, Good Old Boys, 1976
info For Dead Heads, Various Artists, 1976
info Middle Spunk Creek Boys, Middle Spunk Creek Boys, 1976
info It Must Be A Breakdown, The Grand Poo-Bah Beaner Band, 1976
info Band Xing, Wahoo Revue, 1976
info Folkfestival Auf Der Lenzburg 5, Various Artists, 1976
info The Great Canadian Tragedy, The Orton Yahoos, 1977
info Pick And Choose, Steven O. Hanson, 1978
info The Done Gone Band, The Done Gone Band, 1979
info South Loomis Quickstep, South Loomis Quickstep, 1979
info Jumping The Tracks, The Tinhorn Express, 1979
info Live At Wolfendale's, The Vestich Brothers, 1979
info Good Morning Country Rain, Hidden Grass, 1979
info Jack O'Roses, Robert Hunter, 1980
info Painted Lady, Knoxville Grass, 1980
info Times, Marty Harmless With High Ground, 1980
info For Your Love, Foxglove, 1980
info You're No Longer A Sweetheart Of Mine (single), Hilltop Holdout Bluegrass Band, 1980
info Warren County String Ticklers, Warren County String Ticklers, 1980
info Dead Set, Grateful Dead, 1981
info R.D. Breakdown, Rural Delivery, 1982
info It's About Time, Hickory Hill, 1985
info In The Mood, Main Spring, 1987
info Zufall, Zufall, 1987
info Almost Acoustic, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, 1988
info Another Way To Find You, Chris Smither, 1990
info Garcia/Grisman, Garcia/Grisman, 1991
info Deadicated, Various Artists, 1991
info Nightfall Of Diamonds, Tom Constanten, 1992
info Frank Wakefield & Good Old Boys, Frank Wakefield & Good Old Boys, 1992
info Relix Bay Rock Shop No. 2, Various Artists, 1992
info Long Long Time, Ian & Sylvia, 1994
info Unplugged Live, The Marshall Kipp Project, 1994
info The First Fifteen Years, Hickory Hill, 1995
info Valley Style, Ka'au Crater Boys, 1995
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 5, Grateful Dead, 1996
info Long Live the Dead: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead, Billy and Terry Smith, 1996
info Beginning Of The End, Ian & Sylvia, 1996
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 8, Grateful Dead, 1997
info Pickin' On The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 1997
info I'm A Stranger Too/Don't Drag It On, Chris Smither, 1997
info The Bridge School Concerts, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Ministry), 1997
info Live on Letterman: Music from the Late Show, Various Artists, 1997
info Totally Adult Tune Up # 25, Various Artists, 1997
info New Music Series: Review Vol 12, Various Artists, 1997
info Dirty Storey Band, Dirty Storey Band, 1997
info Funny Songs, Reefer Man, 1997
info Live In Tokyo, Mike Wilhelm, 1997
info Desperados Waiting For The Train, Texas Lone Star, 1997
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 11, Grateful Dead, 1998
info Friends of Mine, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, 1998
info Travel The Gravel, The Kruger Brothers, 1998
info Live At The Oasis, Rollin' In The Hay, 1998
info Live At Martin's, The Harmophones, 1998
info Dead Delites, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1998
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 15, Grateful Dead, 1999
info Love Will See You Through, Highlights Volume One, Phil Lesh and Friends, 1999
info Where The Bottles Break, Hank Wedel & Ray Barron, 1999
info Live Im Malzhaus, Die Blu'men, 1999
info "The Love Boat" Live!!!, The Moldy Peaches, 1999
info Swingin' To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 1999
info Cafe Music Network Selects Americana Volume Two, Various Artists, 1999
info Too Many Years, Jorma Kaukonen, 1999
info Soul Dogfood, Blue Dogs, 1999
info The Strange Remain, The Other Ones, 1999
info Out Among The Stars, Modern Hicks, 1999
info Rice, Rice, Hillman and Pedersen, Tony Rice / Larry Rice / Chris Hillman / Herb Pedersen, 1999
info Sawin' on the Strings, Tobasco Donkeys, 1999
info Party In Your Pants, The Bison Chips, 1999
info Halfway Home, Sno Rogers, 1999
info Tradition, Gunsmoke, 1999
info Stolen Roses, Various Artists, 2000
info Grateful Dreams, Tom Constanten, 2000
info Dead Grass, Dead Grass, 2000
info Gathering On The Mountain: Live Part 2, Various Artists, 2000
info Wake the Dead, Wake The Dead, 2000
info Monsters of Folk Rock, The Devilish DoubleDylans, 2000
info Citybound, Molasses Creek, 2000
info Kentucky Home, Tim Lake, 2000
info First Stop, Gone South, 2000?
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 20, Grateful Dead, 2001
info Take Cover, Andrew Freeman, 2001
info Live, Jorma Kaukonen Trio, 2001
info Blues Tribute To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2001
info Re-Alliance, The Bluegrass Alliance, 2001
info Grateful Dawg Soundtrack, David Grisman / Jerry Garcia / Various Artists, 2001
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), Grateful Dead, 2001
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 23, Grateful Dead, 2001
info Mountain Laurel, Against The Grain, 2001
info Gifts From The Dead, Gifts From The Dead, 2001
info KFOG - Live from the Archives, Vol. 8, Various Artists, 2001
info All In A Mouse's Night, Doormouse, 2001 info No Matter of Age, Schluff Jull, 2001
info The Midnight Special, Tokyo Bob with Never Mending Tour Band, 2001
info Roots Music: An American Journey, Various Artists, 2001
info Long Strange Trip: Swingin' and Pickin' on the Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2001
info Singers & Songwriters: 1970-1974, Various Artists, 2001
info Stopgap, Mentalward, 2002
info Electronic Tribute To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2002
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 25, Grateful Dead, 2002
info View From The Vault III, Grateful Dead, 2002
info Outside The Lines, Cory Morrow, 2002
info CoolTur, The Hellbillies, 2002
info Pickin' & Grinnin', South Austin Jug Band, 2002
info The Danny Thomas Band Live, The Danny Thomas Band, 2002
info Ukulele Summit 5, Various Artists, 2002
info Live at the Florence Little Theater, The Blue Dogs, 2002
info Hard Water, Hard Water, 2002
info Bluegrass Goes to Town: Pop Songs Bluegrass Style, Various Artists, 2002
info Drunk At The Stone Balloon, Love Seed Mama Jump, 200?
info Don't Mind The Rain, Jessica Bryan, 200?
info The Privateers, The Privateers, 200?
info Live At The Crow's Nest: Eleven O'Clock Set, Darrell Lawhorne, 200?
info View From The Vault IV, Grateful Dead, 2003
info Unreleased Cutz and Live Jamz 1994-2002, Moldy Peaches, 2003
info Where Roads Divide, Wildfire, 2003
info The Closing of Winterland, Grateful Dead, 2003
info Grateful Guitar, David Cullen, 2003
info Live! : The Rhumb Line, Tom Eaton and Pick 3, 2003
info Films About Ghosts: The Best Of, Counting Crows, 2003
info Live at Lock 3, Brick Road Ramblers, 2003
info The Very Best Of The Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead, 2003
info Live, The Crabgrass Cowboys, 2003
info The KUMD Sessions: Live From The Music Room #2, Various Artists, 2003
info Legends Karaoke, Vol. 45, 200?
info Pure Jerry: Theatre 1839, July 29 & 30, 1977, Jerry Garcia Band, 2004
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 33, Grateful Dead, 2004
info Beyond Description, Grateful Dead, Oct 2004
info On The Road: July 20, 2004, San Francisco, CA, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: July 21, 2004, San Francisco, CA, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info Texacousticana, Guy Schwartz & The New Jack Hippies, 2004
info Hangingaround, Counting Crows, 2004
info Peace & Love, Ezio Guaitamacchi, 2004
info Pass The Chicken Wine, Murphy's InLaws, 2004
info Guy Schwartz 2004 Box Set, Guy Schwartz, 2004
info S' About Time, Full Moon Revue, 2004
info Land Of The Cover Band, Paul Rader, 2004?
info Bluegrass Today, Various Artists, 2004
info Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares, Various Artists, 2005
info On The Road: October 19, 2005, Charlotte, NC, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: Travelogue Fall 2005, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info Just Add Salt, Mike Aiken, 2005
info Deadgrass, Deadgrass, 2005
info Side By Side, Al Traynor & Randy Morrison, 2005
info 6/29/05, Missoula, MT, Widespread Panic, 2005
info Best Uv Grass, Various Artists, 2005
info It Ain't the Years, Duke City Swampcoolers, 2005
info Kudzu, Run Of The Mill, 2005
info Thank God For Kentucky, Various Artists, 2005
info Empire, Mentone, 2006
info North American Ghost Music, Shannon McNally, 2006
info Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico Soundtrack, Various Artists, 2006
info For Rex : The Black Tie Dye Ball, The Zen Tricksters and Special Guests, 2006
info Test of Time, Lalla Rookh, 2006
info On The Road: June 30, 2006, Magna, UT, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: July 8, 2006, St. Louis, MO, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: Travelogue Summer 2006, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info You & Me Acoustic: Live From Ear X-Tacy, 7/7/06, Pete Yorn, 2006
info Wanted: Live at Turkey Trot, New Riders of the Purple Sage, 2007
info HighTone Records Anthology: Rockin From The Roots, Various Artists, 2007
info BlackJack Live!, BlackJack, 2007
info Time Machine, Outta Scope, 2007
info Settin the Table, Company's Comin', Stringin' Along, 2007
info Grant Walmsley's Agents Of Peace, 2007
info Days Go By, Call It Karma, 2007
info Live from Austin, TX (CD), Cory Morrow, 2007
info Live from Austin, TX (DVD), Cory Morrow, 2007
info Best of Six, Freaky Fukin Weirdoz, 2007
info Movin' On, Gee Gee Kettel & Soluna Samay, 2007
info European World of Bluegrass 2007, Various Artists (Blackjack), 2007
info Pretty Runs Out, Amanda Shaw, 2008
info Signs, Joseph Cipriano, 2008
info Timeless, Sapling Grove, 2008
info Tokyo Bluegrass Honeys, Petty Booka, 2008
info Revolution & Revelations, Hot Ham & Cheese, 2008
info Live at the San Gregorio General Store, Gary Gates Band, 2008
info Celtic Evolution, Padraigh Allen, 2008
info Pure Jerry: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Feb 28, 1986, Jerry Garcia & John Kahn, 2009
info Where I Come From: Radio Mixes and Live Bonus, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, 2009
info Live at Pineapple Willy's, Ben Prestage, 2009
info The Live Anthology, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 2009
info At Fine Arts Center, UMass, Amherst, MA 11/16/07, The American Beauty Project, 2009
info Make It Rain, Keith Greeninger & Dayan Kai, 2009
info Sat 730, Deadwood Revival, 2009
info Snowblind, Glen French, 2009
info Road Trips: Vol 3, Number 3: Fillmore East, 5/15/70, Grateful Dead, 2010
info Full Circle, Roger Kardinal, 2010
info Use Your Hands, Connor Desai, 2010
info Cake On Cake, Tail, 2010
info Rowdy To Reverent, Sidetrack, 2010
info At Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC 10/15/10, The American Beauty Project, 2010
info Spiral, Dave Wilson Quartet, 2010
info Blue Rose Nuggets 42, Various Artists, 2010
info Blue Rose Christmas Party, Blue Rose Rockestra, 2010?
info And The Adventures Of Captain Ward, The Demon Barbers, 2010
info Crystal Bay Live, David Nelson Band, 2010?
info Radio & Kitchen Sessions: Acoustic Tour 2010, Lowlands, 2010
info The Cimarron Sessions, Kyle Everett, 2011
info The Wheel: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia, Various Artists, 2011
info Biking With Beverly, Blacktop Blend, 2011
info On A Roll, The Chilli Dogs, 2011
info Beauties & Brews, Pohn Jettri, 2011
info Take Me On Home, The Moonshine Rooster Band, 2011
info American Stranger / Happy Traum In Concert, 1981, Happy Traum, 2011
info 15 Years Of Awesome! Jackalope Records, Various Artists (Modern Hicks), 2011
info Follow Through, Zane Charron, 2011
info Bikers Welcome Ladies Drink Free, Buck Satan & 666 Shooters, 2012
info Electric Hay: Live, Rollin' In The Hay, 2012
info Think Bigger, Cosmo Jarvis, 2012
info West End String Band, West End String Band, 2012
info Live At Frysja 33 (October 12th, 2012), Four Gallon Flush, 2012
info Garcia/Grisman Alternate, Garcia/Grisman, 2012
info Road 20, K.C. Craine, 2012
info Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow, Counting Crows, 2013
info Live At Mr. Ricci's Coconut Tree Lounge, Trailer Trash, 2013
info These Days, Alex Riffle & The Stiff-Riffs, 2013
info Looper, John Sherry, 2013
info Best Picks, Darryl Corley, 2013
info Outside Lands, Tim Flannery, 2013
info Halloween: Music From The Dark Side, Various Artists, 2013
info Working Title, Eastern Electric Co., 2014
info Grateful Dead Bluegrass Tribute, Dave Holodiloff, 2014
info 8/22/14, San Rafael, CA, Anders Osborne, 2014
info On The Road: January 19, 2015, Eugene, OR, String Cheese Incident, 2015
info Giants Of America, Gypsy Lumberjacks, 2015
info The Promised Land, Sagol 59 & Ami Yares, 2015
info The Promised Land: Acoustic Sessions, Sagol 59 & Ami Yares, 2015
info Songs Of Their Own, Various Artists, 2015
info 10/10/15, Evanston, IL, Anders Osborne, 2015
info The Promised Land (LP), Sagol 59 & Ami Yares, 2016
info Day Of The Dead, Various Artists, 2016
info May 1977: Get Shown the Light, Grateful Dead, 2017
info Dave's Picks Volume 24: Berkeley, 8/25/72, Grateful Dead, 2017
info The Country Blues, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, 2017
info RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, July 12 & 13, 1989, Grateful Dead, 2017
info Live From The Netherlands: Deluxe Edition, The Mulligan Brothers, 2017
info Grateful Dub, Roots Of Creation, 2017
info Dave's Picks Volume 25: Binghampton, 11/6/77, Grateful Dead, 2018
info The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live, 2018
info Pacific Northwest '73-'74: The Complete Recordings, Grateful Dead, 2018
info Garcia Songbook, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, 2018
info The Collection 2008-2018, Lowlands, 2018
info KBCO Studio C, Vol. 30, Various Artists, 2018
info Acoustic on the Eel, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, 2019
info Dead Air: Celebrating 22 Years Of Great Radio And The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2019
info One Night At Chris, Dave Wilson Quartet, 2019
info Live At Main Street Crossing, Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy, 2019
info Haight Street Kid, Sam Empasis, 2019
info The Blues Starts Here, Sam Empasis, 2019
info June 1976, Grateful Dead, 2020
info The Story Of The Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead, 2020
info The Bodhisattva Blues, Reverend Freakchild, 2020
info Single (Forever / Friend Of The Devil), Mumford & Sons, 2020
info Bluegrass Country Soul: The Legendary Festival: Golden Anniversary Legacy Edition, Various Artists, 2020
info From The Archives 4/20/19, Friends of the Devil's Lettuce, 2020
info From The Archives 7/3/20, Splintered Sunlight, 2020
info Columbia Folk Festival, Various Artists, 2020
info A Grateful Dead NYE 19-20, Being Grateful, 2020
info The Waders, The Waders, 2020
info Dave's Picks Vol 37: Williamsburg, 4/15/1978, 2021
info Listen to the River: St. Louis '71 '72 '73, 2021
info Garcia Live: Volume 17: Norcal '76, Jerry Garcia Band, 2021
info Dooms Children, Dooms Children, 2021
info Friend of the Devil, Dooms Children, 2021
info I Found The Light, Whiskey Wolves Of The West, 2021
info From The Bay To The Pool: Live 1971-1978, Grateful Dead, 2022
info Live At The Fillmore 1997, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 2022
info Dave's Picks Volume 46 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA, 9/9/72, Grateful Dead, 2023

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Gypsy Cowboy
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Adventures Of Panama Red
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Home Home On The Road
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Oh What A Mighty Time
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New Riders
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Who Are Those Guys?
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Marin County Line
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Feelin' Alright
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Keep On Keepin' On
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Live In Japan
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Veneta, 8/27/1972
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