I just ran across this interview with David Kemper, drummer for the Jerry Garcia Band for 10 years and later a member of Bob Dylan’s touring band. It’s an honest look back at his time with the JGB, and provides another perspective on the melodic guitar player and enigmatic man known simply as Jerry.
When asked what he thought the audience wanted, Kemper replied:
They came to be in the same room with Jerry. It’s that simple. And I don’t blame them. Being in the same room with Jerry was a pretty damn wonderful place to be.
Indeed, it was.