Desert Island CollectionDefinitive Listening Desert Island Collection


Desert Island CollectionDefinitive Listening

David Grisman - Hot Dawg

It is rare that a musician is able to brand their own style of music, effectively creating an entirely new genre. Yet, that is exactly the case with the distinct and universally recognizable sound of Dawg Music, as first heard on David Grisman’s “Hot Dawg.” This 1978 release blended Bluegrass and Jazz with a folky edge that helped revolutionize the world of bluegrass. The very acoustic feel of the release lends to its natural sound, which can be a wonderful fit for those sunny days on your desert island beach while awaiting your rescue.

Thankfully with this album in your treasure chest, the wait will not seem endless, although you may have wished to have packed a musical instrument to strum along to the guitar work of Tony Rice and Mandolin playing of David Grisman. Hot Dawg is chalk full of high energy songs held down by five different bassists with a personal favorite "Dawgology," featuring two of them together. Also, you’ll hear violinist Darol Anger, mandolinist Mike Marshall, and on two selections, the jazz violin master Stéphane Grappelli.

Simply not one to miss, and the melodies are so catchy that repeated listens won’t wear them out.


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Available on CD, also check for Vinyl and Cassette versions for a true analog experience.



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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.


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