Catfish John
Composer: Bob McDill / Allen Reynolds

Jerry Garcia first performed Catfish John in 1973 with Old & In The Way. It was next performed by the Jerry Garcia Band in late 1975. From then onward it was a regular part of the Jerry Garcia Band repertoire.

The Grateful Dead version of the song first released on Beyond Description and then on the expanded CD release Terrapin Station is a studio outtake from the Fall of 1976. The song was not performed live by the Grateful Dead.

Catfish John has also been played by Furthur, Ratdog, Phil Lesh & Friends, the Weir/Robinson/Greene Trio, and Bob Weir and Wolf Bros.

Grateful Dead

info Beyond Description, 2004
info Terrapin Station, Grateful Dead, 2006 (bonus on exp. CD)
info Complete Studio Rarities Collection, 2013

Jerry Garcia

info Reflections, Jerry Garcia, 1976
info That High Lonesome Sound, Old & In the Way, 1996
info Breakdown, Old And In The Way, 1997
info All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions, 2004
info Pure Jerry: Theatre 1839, July 29 & 30, 1977, JGB, 2004
info After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80, JGB, 2004
info The Very Best Of Jerry Garcia, 2006
info 10/8/73 The Boarding House, San Francisco, Old & In The Way, 2008
info Pure Jerry: Jerry Garcia Band, San Francisco Bay Area 1978, 2009
info Garcia Live: Vol 1, JGB, 2012
info Live At The Boarding House: The Complete Shows, Old & In The Way, 2013
info Garcia Live: Vol 4, Jerry Garcia Band, 2014
info Garcia Live: Vol 5, Jerry Garcia Band, 2014
info Garcia Live: Vol 17, Jerry Garcia Band, 2021

The music and lyrics for Catfish John are included in

info Jerry Garcia Songbook, 2002


info Sept 24, 2011, Eugene, OR
info Nov 3, 2011, Manchester, NH
info Oct 1, 2013, Las Vegas, NV


info Lebanon, NH, October 28, 2007
info Norfolk, VA, November 7, 2007
info Jacksonville, FL, November 14, 2007
info Milwaukee, WI, March 22, 2008
info New York, NY, April 3, 2008
info Baltimore, MD, April 9, 2008
info Eugene, OR, June 20, 2008
info San Jose, CA, July 10, 2008
info Canandaigua, NY, August 22, 2008
info Westbury, NY, October 31, 2008
info Upper Darby, PA, November 14, 2008
info Wilmington, NC, July 21, 2009
info Salt Lake City, UT, August 29, 2009
info Boston, MA, February 25, 2014
info Chicago, IL, March 7, 2014
info Kansas City, MO, June 14, 2014

Weir/Robinson/Greene Trio

info May 26, 2012, CrossroadsKC, Kansas City, MO, 2012

Other recordings

no info Single (Catfish John / Promises Of Your Love), Johnny Russell, 1972
info Catfish John / Chained, Johnny Russell, 1973
info The Country Gentlemen, The Country Gentlemen, 1973
info The Rich Sounds, Bill Anderson's Po' Boys, 1973
info Here Comes Johnny Russell, Johnny Russell, 1975
no info Single (Our Marriage Was A Failure / Catfish John), Johnny Russell, 1975
info Ashes of Love, Dickey Lee, 1976
info In Person: At Randy Wood's Old Time Pickin' Parlor, Buck White & Down Home Folks, 1977
no info Live at the Grand Ole Opry, Jack Greene and Jeannie Seely, 1979
info Good Morning Country Rain, Hidden Grass, 1979
no info Whole World Round, Steve Einhorn, 1983
info The Country Gentlemen Feat. Ricky Skaggs, The Country Gentlemen, 1987
info Greatest Hits, Johnny Russell, 1993
info Voice of the West, Rex Allen, 1994
info Fire On The Mountain - Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead, Various Artists (Frederick Toots Hibbert), 1996
no info Golden Country Hits, Various Artists (Johnny Russell), 1997
info Renegade Bluegrass, Rollin' In The Hay, 1998
no info Mega Country, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Johnny Russell), 1998
info Sawin' on the Strings, Tobasco Donkeys, 1999
no info Sweet Dreams, Tommy McLain, 1999
no info American Country Classics, Various Artists (Johnny Russell), 1999
no info 100 Country Greats, Various Artists (Johnny Russell), 2000
no info Live at Gilley's, Mac Wiseman, 2001
info Re-Alliance, The Bluegrass Alliance, 2001
no info 1st Recorded Live Concert, Mac Wiseman, 2001
info Complete Vanguard Recordings, The Country Gentlemen, 2002
info Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 2002
info 45 Years of Memories, Charlie Waller, 2002
info All-Time Greatest Hits, Johnny Russell, 2002
info Oxford Depot, Oxford Depot, 2002
no info Angel From Montgomery, Tangled Roots, 2002
info Will The Circle Be Unbroken, The Trilogy, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 2003
info Bringing It Back, The Orchard Boys, 2003
no info Country Story Time, Various Artists (Johnny Russell), 2003
no info Fresh Out of the Barn, Red Star Express, 2003
info Live And In Person, Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, 2004
no info Keel Brothers, Vol. 1, The Keel Brothers, 2004
info DSO Live: Feb 9, 2004, Birmingham, AL, Dark Star Orchestra, 2004
no info Welcome to the Feel Good Revolution, Reverend Eddie Danger, 2004
no info Spring Thaw, Cabin Fever, 2004
info Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares, Various Artists, 2005
info On The Road: March 26, 2005, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: March 30, 2005, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: April 6, 2005, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: Travelogue Spring 2005, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: August 7, 2005, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: October 7, 2005, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: October 19, 2005, String Cheese Incident, 2005
no info Precious Moments, Mac Wiseman, 2005
no info The Arizona Cowboy, Rex Allen, 2005
info Grateful Fest 6: Friday August 19, 2005, Various Artists, 2006
info Live in Waterbury Center, Kent Gustavson with Micah Schonberg, 2006
info Grass It Up!, Kentucky Sassafras, 2006
info Mussentuchit, Tangle Ridge, 2006
info Red Rocking Chair, Breakin' Nu Ground, 2006
info Leaving Home, Runaway String Band, 2006
info On The Road: October 3, 2006, Indianapolis, IN, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: October 14, 2006, Wallingford, CT, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: July 28, 2007, North Plains, OR, String Cheese Incident, 2007
info April 14, 2007, Eugene, OR, Railroad Earth, 2007
info Leaving Pike's County, The Grass Less Traveled, 2008
info May 1, 2009, San Francisco, CA, Railroad Earth, 2009
info November 19, 2009, Boulder, CO, Railroad Earth, 2009
info On The Road: Nov 28, 2011, Nashville, TN, String Cheese Incident, 2011
info January 20, 2013, Denver, CO, Railroad Earth, 2013
info The Road: August 4, 2013, North Plains, OR, String Cheese Incident, 2013
info July 4, 2014, Cincinnati, OH, Railroad Earth, 2014
info On The Road: June 14, 2014, Ontario, CA, String Cheese Incident, 2014
info On The Road: July 31, 2015, Gathering of the Vibes, String Cheese Incident, 2015
info On The Road: Nov 1, 2015, Live Oak, FL, String Cheese Incident, 2015
info Live at Studio 3, 3/10/15, Golden String Fiddle, 2015

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