Composer: Traditional / Will Shade

Stealin' was performed a handful of times by the Grateful Dead in 1966. It was one of the songs rehearsed by the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan prior to the 1987 Dylan & The Dead tour but it was not performed live during the tour.

Stealin' was performed a number of times by David Grisman and Jerry Garcia in 1992 and 1994. A studio version was released on their Shady Grove CD and transcriptions from that recording can be found in the books Shady Grove Acoustic Guitar Solos and Shady Grove Mandolin Solos.

Stealin' was also played by Ratdog, Phil Lesh & Friends, Phil Lesh with the Terrapin Family Band, and the Weir / Robinson / Greene Trio.

The song was originally recorded in its present form by the Memphis Jug Band in September 1928 and released with the title Stealin' Stealin'. The song is often credited on recordings to Will Shade of the Memphis Jug Band. Some recordings credit Gus Cannon who in later years claimed to have written some or all of the song. The song incorporates lyrics that occur in earlier songs.

Grateful Dead

info Single (Stealin' / Don't Ease Me In), 1966
info Historic Dead, 1971
info History Of The Grateful Dead, 1972
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info The Birth Of The Dead, 2003
info Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966, 2005
info Birth Of The Dead, Vol 1 (The Studio Sessions), 2013
info Complete Studio Rarities Collection, 2013
info The Grateful Dead (50th Anniv Deluxe CD), 2017
info July 29, 1966, 2017

Jerry Garcia

info Shady Grove, Garcia/Grisman, 1996
info Acoustic Disc 100% Handmade Music, Vol. 3, Various Artists, 1997
info Old Time Music Collection, Volume 1, Various Artists, 2009
info Shady Grove: Deluxe Edition, Garcia/Grisman, 2020


info Wilkes Barre, PA, November 11, 2008
info Fort Myers, FL, November 21, 2008
info Jim Thorpe, PA, July 14, 2009
info Las Vegas, NV, September 2, 2009
info New York, NY, October 19, 2009
info Port Chester, NY, March 2, 2014

Weir/Robinson/Greene Trio

info May 26, 2012, CrossroadsKC, Kansas City, MO, 2012
info May 30, 2012, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, 2012
info June 2, 2012, Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO, 2012

Memphis Jug Band

no info Single (Whitewash Station Blues / Stealin', Stealin'), 1928 (Victor)
no info Single (Overseas Stomp / Stealin', Stealin'), 1928 (Bluebird)
info The Country Blues, Various Artists, 1959
info Memphis Jug Band, Memphis Jug Band, 1981
no info Wild About My Lovin': Beale Street Blues 1928-30, Various Artists, 1991
no info Too Late, Too Late Blues, Vol. 1, Various Artists, 1996
no info Southern Country Blues, Vol. 1: Down In Boogie Alley, Various Artists, 1997
info Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1928-1929), Memphis Jug Band, 1998
info Memphis Jug Band, Vol. 2, The Memphis Jug Band, 1998
no info Ruckus Juice & Chitlins, Vol. 2: The Great Jug Bands, Various Artists, 1998
info The Memphis Jug Band Story: 1927-1934, Memphis Jug Band, 2000
no info As Good As It Gets: Country Blues, Various Artists, 2000
info The Essential Memphis Jug Band, Memphis Jug Band, 2001
info The Best Of, The Memphis Jug Band, 2001
no info Southern Country Blues, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 2001
info When the Sun Goes Down, Vol. 2: The First Time I Met the Blues, Various Artists, 2002
info When the Sun Goes Down: The Secret History of Rock, Various Artists, 2002
info He's in the Jailhouse Now, Memphis Jug Band, 2003
no info Memphis Country Blues, Greatest Hits Vol. 1, Various Artists, 2004
info Memphis Jug Band / Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers (Box set), 2005
info The Roots of the Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2008
info Murder, Theft and Devlish Deals, Various Artists, 2009
info The Roots Of Bob Dylan, Various Artists, 2009
no info Memphis Blues, Volume 3: 1927-1930, Various Artists, 2009
no info The Roots of Led Zeppelin, Various Artists, 2009

Other recordings

info San Francisco Bay Blues, Jesse Fuller, 1963
info Dave Van Ronk And The Ragtime Jug Stompers, 1964
info Move On Down The Line, Jesse Fuller, 1965
no info Johnny Young and His Chicago Blues Band, Johnny Young, 1966
no info Little Games, The Yardbirds, 1967
no info Running Down The Road, Arlo Guthrie, 1969
info Clover, Clover, 1970
info Single (Wade In The Water / Stealin'), Clover, 1970
no info Schlagers!, Various Artists (Arlo Guthrie), 1970
info Jim Kweskin's America, Jim Kweskin, 1971
no info Happy Just to Be Like I Am, Taj Mahal, 1971
info Music People, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 1972
info Welcome The Rock People, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 1972
no info Together In Concert, Pete Seeger, 1975
info Janis Soundtrack, Janis Joplin, 1975
info Reckless Abandon, David Bromberg, 1977
info The Clover Chronicle: The Best Of The Fantasy Years, Clover, 1979?
info The Best Of The Chicago Blues, Various Artists (Johnny Young's South Side Band), 1987
no info The Classics Live, Donovan, 1991
no info Little Games Sessions and More, The Yardbirds, 1992
info Railroad Worksongs, Jesse Fuller, 1992
no info Let No One Deceive You, Dave Van Ronk, 1992
info Out On The Rolling Sea, Various Artists (Ralph McTell), 1995
no info What Kind of Woman Is That, Texas Red, 1997
no info Greatest Hits: Acoustic Live, Donovan, 1997
no info Mandolin Blues, Various Artists (Johnny Young), 1997
info Reckless Abandon / Bandit in a Bathing Suit, David Bromberg, 1998
info Chasin' Gus' Ghost, John Sebastian And The J-Band, 1999
no info Still Crazy Soundtrack, Various Artists (Billy Connolly), 1999
no info Wire Less, The Blues Band, 2000
no info Track In Time, Steve Goodbar, 2000
no info Colours: Live In Concert, Donovan, 2001
no info Atlantis, Donovan, 2002
info Back On Track, Bees Make Honey, 2003
no info Hot Fingerpickin' Slide Guitar, Various Artists (Johnny Johnston), 2003
info Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes, James Cotton, 2004
info Garden Of Joy / Jim Kweskin's America, Jim Kweskin, 2005
no info Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan, Donovan, 2005
info The Journey: Recordings 1965-2006, Ralph McTell, 2006
no info Chicago Town & Points West, Art Thieme, 2006
info Mussentuchit, Tangle Ridge, 2006
no info Triangle Mountain, Barley Wik, 2006
no info Life and Times 1964-1999, John Sebastian, 2007
no info The Definitive Collection, Ralph McTell, 2007
no info Complete Blue Horizon Sessions, Johnny Young, 2007
no info Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 4, Various Artists (Devil In A Woodpile), 2007
no info Ballads & Blues, Jeff Barnhart, 2008
no info I Wonder to Myself, Bob Long and Keith Miller, 2008
no info Harvest Moon, The Woodhouse Band, 2008
no info Pickathon 2006, Various Artists (The Wood Brothers), 2008
no info Word to Mother, Brotherhood of the Blues Jug Band, 2009
info Jug Band Extravaganza, Jug Band Extravaganza, 2010
info Live At Frysja 33 (October 12th, 2012), Four Gallon Flush, 2012
info The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, Taj Mahal, 2013
info Live at Tribal Connection, Blue Moon Soup, 2013

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