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Livin' In The Past

The Kentucky Colonels

Initial release : February 1976

Sierra/Briar BT 7202

Garcia can be heard introducing the group live on stage on this archive release of live material recorded between 1961 and 1965.


  • Introduction - Jerry Garcia
  • Fire on the Mountain (Traditional)
  • Introduction
  • If You're Ever Gonna Love Me (L. (Mack) McNees)
  • Band introduction
  • Julius Finkbine's Rag (Rakestraw)
  • Dark Hollow (B. Browning)
  • Memphis Special (L. (Mack) McNees)
  • Introduction
  • He Said If I Be Lifted Up (Traditional)
  • Get Down on Your Knees and Pray (Monroe)*
  • Introduction
  • Lee Highway Blues (Traditional)*
  • A Woman Named Ruth (Traditional)
  • Shuckin' the Corn (L. Certain / B. Graves / G. Stacey)
  • Ocean of Diamonds (C. Carnahan / B. Ottis)*
  • Angel of Death (Traditional)
  • Introduction
  • Barefoot Nellie (J. Davis / D. Reno)
  • Introduction - Mayne Smith
  • Train 45 (Traditional)
  • Hard Hearted (J. McReynolds / J. McReynolds)
  • Introduction
  • Chug-A-Lug (R. Miller)
  • Introduction
  • Alabama Jubilee (Traditional)*
  • Sunny Side of the Mountain (B. Gregory / H. McAulife)*
  • Journey's End (A Life of Sorrow) (C. Stanley / R. Stanley)
  • Introduction
  • Sheik of Araby (H. Smith / T. Snyder / F. Wheeler)
  • Good Woman's Love (C. Coben)
  • Mother's Milk (Comedy routine)
  • Listen to the Mockingbird (Traditional)
  • Old Joe Clark (Traditional)
  • Introduction
  • I Am a Pilgrim (Traditional)*
  • Jordan (Traditional)
  • Shady Grove (Traditional)
The tracks above is for the reissued CD of this album. The tracks marked * were not included on the original LP issue of the album. The track sequence was also changed for the CD release.

All spoken introductions and routines are included as separate tracks to allow CD player programming for music only. All introductions are by the members of the band except where noted.

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  • Roger Bush - bass, guitar, vocals
  • Billy Ray Latham - banjo, percussion, vocal
  • Leroy Mack - dobro, vocals
  • Bobby Slone - bass
  • Scotty Stoneman - fiddle, bass
  • Clarence White - guitar, vocal
  • Roland White - mandolin, vocals

  • Original recordings by - Brooke Adams Otis, Mike Seeger
  • Original album notes - John Kaparakis
  • Producer - John Delgatto
  • Album notes - John Kaparakis, John Delgatto
  • Recording production - Brooke Adams Otis
  • Tape transfers to digital - Bruce Leek, John Delgatto
  • CD Mastering - Bob Katz
  • Cover Design - Jon C. Wretlind
  • CD graphics - JMD
  • Photo collage - Mary Katherine Aldin
  • Photography - Mary Katherine Aldin, Yvone Bush, Steve Cahill, Frank Chino, John Delgatto, Dick DeRusha, Mark English, John Kaparakis, Leroy Mack, Phil Melnick, Brook Adams Otis, Ed Pearl, Bill Richteburg, Sandy Rothman, Bob Riskin, Susie White

The album is a collection of live recordings of the Kentucky Colonels put together to give the impression of a continuous live performance - hence the inclusion of all the between song talk and comedy sketches. The tracks were recorded between September 1961 and April 1965.

The introduction by Garcia, the first introduction on the album, was recorded at the Comedia Theatre, Palo Alto on November 15, 1964. He says;

"I'd like to introduce from the Newport Folk Music Festival and the Monterey Folk Music Festival and from the Ash Grove and various other places around the country, the best young bluegrass band in America, The Kentucky Colonels.
The CD liner notes give brief notes for each track. The following is included for the Garcia introduction;
During the lifespan of the Kentucky Colonels, they made some long and lasting friends and Jerry Garcia was one of them. Jerry and Sandy Rothman traveled with the Colonels in the Summer of 1964. This stage introduction of the band came at a concert put together by Brooks Adams Otis and marked the Colonels last appearance in the Bay Area..

Reissued 1979 on Briar SBR 4202

Reissued on CD in 1997 by Sierra SXCD 6018 (discography details taken from this release)

Related releases

Garcia contributed to the liner notes of later releases of the Kentcky Colonels LP;

The Kentucky Colonels released two albums between 1963 and 1965;
  • New Sound of Bluegrass, 1963, Briar International 109
  • Appalachian Swing!, 1964, World Pacific 1821
Subsequently a number of live and archive releases have appeared, including;
  • The Kentucky Colonels 1965-1966, 1976, Rounder 0070
  • The Kentucky Colonels With Scotty Stoneman: Live in LA (1965 performance), 1978, Sierra/Briar SBR 4206
  • The Kentucky Colonels 1966, 1978, Shiloh SLP 4084
  • The Kentucky Colonels featuring Clarence White, 1980, Rounder 0098
  • The Kentucky Colonels On Stage (1964 and 1965 performances), 1984, Rounder R0199
  • Long Journey Home (1964 performance) , 1991, Vanguard