Jerry Garcia created an unparalleled legacy across the American landscape, most notably in his role as a founding member, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead. Jerry's unmistakable guitar tone enchanted multitudes of "Deadheads" throughout the band's 30-year career and beyond. The prolific nature of Garcia is evident in the breadth of albums he released throughout his iconic musical career which in addition to the Dead included work with the Jerry Garcia Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Old and in the Way, Legion of Mary, Garcia/Grisman, projects with Merl Saunders and as a solo artist. Considering Jerry was the most recorded musician of all time, there's always some overlooked gem just waiting to be discovered.
Originally issued in 1982, Run for the Roses is Garcia's fourth and final solo studio album. Produced by Garcia and John Kahn, it features several new Garcia/Robert Hunter originals, including the album's extraordinary title track, "Midnight Getaway" and "Valerie," plus choice covers Bob Dylan ("Knockin' on Heaven's Door") and The Beatles ("I Saw Her Standing There"). Recorded at the Grateful Dead's Club Front studio and Devonshire Studios in Los Angeles, Garcia and Kahn were joined on the sessions by organists Merl Saunders and Melvin Seals, pianists Jimmy Warren and Michael O'Martian, drummer Ron Tutt, horn player Roger Neuman, and vocalists Liz Stires and Julie Stafford. The album's artwork was created by legendary psychedelic visual artist Victor Moscoso.