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The Grateful Dead and related groups play Bill Monroe

The Grateful Dead played one song that was written by Bill Monroe. Old & In The Way played 9 songs written by Monroe. A number of other groups related to the Grateful Dead also played Bill Monroe songs. This page documents the Bill Monroe songs played by the Grateful Dead and related groups. (Click on the album images for information about some of the Bill Monroe albums that include these songs)

Big Mon


Big Mon was played by Phil Lesh & Friends.

This instrumental was first released by Bill Monroe on the Bluegrass Instrumentals album.

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Bluegrass Breakdown


Bluegrass Breakdown was performed by Old & In The Way.

Bluegrass Breakdown was first released by Bill Monroe on a single in 1949.

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Cheyenne


Cheyenne was performed by Old & In The Way.

Cheyenne was first released by Bill Monroe on a single in 1955.

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I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home


I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home was performed by Old & In The Way.

I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home was first released on a Bill Monroe single in 1952.

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In Despair


In Despair was performed by the Log Cabin Boys (Jerry Garcia, David Nelson and Sandy Rothman) at the Grateful Dead Thanksgiving dinner in 1986.

In Despair was first released on the Bill Monroe album Knee Deep In Blue Grass in 1958.

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Jerusalem Ridge


Jerusalem Ridge was played by Phil Lesh & Friends.

Jerusalem Ridge was first released by Bill Monroe on the Weary Traveler album in 1976.

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Kentucky Waltz


Kentucky Waltz was performed in 1972 by a group that included Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Leon Russell, Mary Egan and Doug Sahm.

Kentucky Waltz was first released on a Bill Monroe single in 1946.

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Lonesome Moonlight Waltz


Lonesome Moonlight Waltz was performed by Jerry Garcia with the Great American Music Band.

Lonesome Moonlight Waltz was first released on a Bill Monroe single in 1972.

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Methodist Preacher


Methodist Preacher was performed by Jerry Garcia with the Great American Music Band.

Methodist Preacher was first released on the Bill Monroe album Uncle Pen in 1972.

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Monroe's Hornpipe


Monroe's Hornpipe was performed by Old & In The Way.

Monroe's Hornpipe was first released on the Bill Monroe album Bluegrass Instrumentals in 1965.

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My Little Georgia Rose


My Little Georgia Rose was performed by the Black Mountain Boys in 1964. The Black Mountain Boys included Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Eric Thompson, Sandy Rothman and David Nelson.

My Little Georgia Rose was first released on a Bill Monroe single in 1950.

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The Old Crossroads


The Old Crossroads was possibly performed by Old & The Way.

Though first recorded in 1947 The Old Crossroads appears not to have been released until its inclusion on the Bill Monroe's Best album in 1964.

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On And On


On And On was performed by Old & In The Way in 1973 and by the Log Cabin Boys (Jerry Garcia, David Nelson and Sandy Rothman) in 1986.

On And On was first released on a Bill Monroe single in 1956.

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Pike County Breakdown

Pike County Breakdown was performed by the Wildwood Boys in 1963. The group were Jerry Garcia, Norman Van Maastricht, Robert Hunter and David Nelson.

Authorship of Pike County Breakdown is uncertain. It is often credited to Rupert Jones. However Bill Monroe claimed in interviews that he had written the instrumental.

Pike County Breakdown was first released on a Bill Monroe single and on a Flatt & Scruggs single in 1952.

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Roanoke


Roanoke was performed by Old & In The Way.

Roanoke was first released on a Bill Monroe single in 1955.

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Rocky Road Blues


Rocky Road Blues was performed by Phil Lesh & Friends. Jerry Garcia plays on this song on the Tom Fogerty album Excalibur.

Rocky Road Blues was first released on a Bill Monroe single in 1946.

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True Life Blues


True Life Blues was performed by the Black Mountain Boys in 1964. The Black Mountain Boys included Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Eric Thompson, Sandy Rothman and David Nelson. The song was rehearsed by Old & In The Way

True Life Blues was first released on a Bill Monroe single in 1946.

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Uncle Pen


Uncle Pen was performed by Old & In The Way.

Uncle Pen was first released on a Bill Monroe single in 1950.

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A Voice From On High


A Voice From On High was performed three times by the Grateful Dead in 1970. The song was played by the Log Cabin Boys (Jerry Garcia, David Nelson and Sandy Rothman) in 1986.

A Voice From On High was released on a Stanley Brothers single and on a Bill Monroe single in 1954.

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Wicked Path Of Sin


Wicked Path Of Sin was performed by Old & In The Way.

Wicked Path Of Sin appears to have been first released on a Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper single in 1947. It was released on a Bill Monroe single in 1948.

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Last updated August 2013