The Book of the Dawg

John Carlini and David Grisman
John Carlini and David Grisman

David “Dawg” Grisman and I have had a friendship and musical collaboration that began back in the “folk boom” years of the late 60’s. I had been a fan of David’s and we actually met “on the gig” at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village! Since then we have shared notes both written and played.

I was there at the beginnings of Dawg Music, writing, scoring, playing, and coaching. Since then we have worked together on various projects; among them, Mondo Mando, Dawg Jazz, Back to Back, King of the Gypsies, and Dawg ’90.

When David contacted me about working together again in notating his compositions in “The Book of the Dawg” I enthusiastically got to work.

The result (so far) is 3 volumes; “Dawg Roots”, “Dawg Grass”, and “Dawg Jazz”. These are the definitive notations of David’s compositions in both standard notation and tablature.

David and John check out the Book of the Dawg.
David and John check out the Book of the Dawg.

Each book also contains some wonderful “collector’s item” photos as well as stories and memories behind each tune. They are something you can be proud to have in your music library. I certainly am!

Get your copy here!

Copyright © John Carlini 2016

Premier of John’s Podcast from “The Vault”!

Welcome to a new feature of John’s Blog, podcasts from “The Vault“, audio/video programs comprised of selections from my personal iTunes collection. This first episode contains a sample tune, “Blues al Dente”, from my CD, “The Game’s Afoot!” and features Don Stiernberg, Pat Cloud, Brian Glassman, and Steve Holloway.

Then special guest, David Grisman, joins me on a phone interview produced by bluegrass radio host, Carol Beaugard. David offers some essential acoustic music history and memories. I think you’re all going to enjoy hearing about the roots of “Dawg Music” and the DGQ. That’s followed by a track from the Grammy-nominated CD, “Dawg ’90“.

The program winds up with a solo guitar piece, “River Sound“, dedicated to the memory of my friend, Nashville mandolinist/producer, Butch Baldasarri.

I hope you all enjoy this first episode from “The Vault”!

Copyright © 2016 John Carlini

Bach 2-Part Inventions for Mandolin and Guitar

The incredible classical mandolinist, Carlo Aonzo, and I have been friends for many years. We had played a few of the wonderful Bach Inventions and at some point we decided to record all 15 of them. What a project!

Here is a sample, Invention #13.

Carlo Aonzo and John Carlini
Carlo Aonzo and John Carlini

Carlo lives in Savona, Italy, so we had to prepare the  manuscript and rehearse via the internet and some Skype phone sessions. Finally, Carlo was here in NJ for a while and we were fortunate to get the talented Bob Harris to engineer the project. Once it was finished and mastered, the Hal Leonard company expressed interest in doing a book.  We are happy to say that the book is now available and provides a download code for the audio, so anyone can enjoy playing this fantastic music!

Bach Inventions for Mandolin and Guitar
Bach Inventions for Mandolin and Guitar

Copyright © 2016 John Carlini