David Gans is a songwriter, producer/host of the nationally syndicated GRATEFUL DEAD HOUR, and co-producer of the Dead boxed set So Many Roads (1965-1995). He spent twenty-five years gigging around Northern California while earning his living as a journalist and radio producer. He has strong ties to the Grateful Dead, and has recently co-written two new songs with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, "Like a Dog," and "Shut Up and Listen," but he says it would be unwise to infer too much from the Dead connection.
"I was a musician and songwriter before I ever heard of the Grateful Dead. I was a songwriter before I ever picked up an electric guitar and before I ever knew what improvisation was all about. No matter how good you are at jamming, it eventually comes down to the song."
David recently co-produced Might as Well: The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead, a critically-acclaimed collection of Dead songs by the legendary a capella band. He is on a three-month tour promoting his new CD Solo Acoustic. The tour takes him through California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia. He is playing at the Newport Performing Arts Center through arrangements with Joren Rushing.
He is also the author of Playing in the Band, an oral and visual portrait of the Grateful Dead, and Conversations with the Dead. He is the editor of Not Fade Away: The Online World Remembers Jerry Garcia.