David Gans | The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best

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The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best

by David Gans

American string band music with a strong political/spiritual component.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shove in the Right Direction
5:20 $0.99
2. Down to Eugene
4:27 $0.99
3. An American Family
5:12 $0.99
4. That's Real Love
3:33 $0.99
5. Save Us From the Saved
6:36 $0.99
6. The Bounty of the County
4:28 $0.99
7. Echolalia
3:34 $0.99
8. Headin' Home Already
4:32 $0.99
9. Autumn Day
5:43 $0.99
10. Like a Dog
5:09 $0.99
11. It's Gonna Get Better
6:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced by Tim Carbone
Mastered in HDCD by Joe Gastwirt

David Gans's fifth CD was recorded with Railroad Earth violinist (and occasional Dharma Bum) Tim Carbone on Tim’s turf near the Delaware Water Gap, along with a remarkable cadre of musical pals including mandolin wizard John Skehan III, multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling, bassist Lindsey Horner, and demon steel (lap and pedal) player Buck Dilly.

Loaded with lyrically piercing songs, including a dark, brilliant contribution from Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, Gans' latest is melodically vibrant and engaging as hell, borne on the fluid textures of Carbone's players and encompassing a variety of styles that will prove appealing to Americana, "jam," and AAA radio listeners.

"Warmly cynical"–or perhaps "angrily optimistic"–might be a good way to characterize one of the threads running through this collection, which is bookended by "Shove in the Right Direction," good advice born of personal experience, and "It's Gonna Get Better," an anti-theocracy rant that ends on an upbeat with the line "I love the world we live in 'cause I live in it with you." "An American Family" is a portrait of a couple and their son struggling to make ends meet; "Save Us from the Saved" takes on heavy-handed moralists. "That's Real Love" is a sweet song of love penned by Gans for his wife "ten years too late for our wedding." "The Bounty of the County" celebrates the glories of organic produce, "thinking global and eating local." And Gans' fingerpicked take on Jim page's "Down to Eugene" drew a rave from country-blues guitar hero Jorma Kaukonen, who told David, "That's real finger-style guitar." "Like a Dog," with lyrics by the Grateful Dead's Robert Hunter, is a Dylanesque growl punctuated with Andy Goessling's baritone sax and a percussion track played by producer Carbone on a pair of fire extinguishers.

David is a veteran of the music business as a songwriter and performer, radio producer (host of the nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour, host of Dead to the World on KPFA-Berkeley, and a consultant to the Grateful Dead Channel on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio since its inception), record producer (Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia boxed sets, Postcards of the Hanging, Might as Well: The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead, and others), journalist (an in-demand magazine writer and noted author of four books), and photographer (in addition to musicians, he favors southwestern scenery and organic produce; he provided the images for The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best).

He is a favorite at many popular music festivals, including MagnoliaFest and the Suwannee SpringFest (Florida), Gathering of the Vibes (Connecticut), and Grateful Fest (Ohio). He has performed at High Sierra and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and on national radio programs including the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, West Coast Live, and his own shows.

If you want to judge the man by the company he keeps, David has performed in spontaneous and/or rehearsed sessions with Donna the Buffalo, Railroad Earth, Ollabelle, Phil Lesh, ALO, Henry Kaiser, Peter Rowan, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Keller Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Donna Jean and the Tricksters, Dark Star Orchestra, moe., Hot Buttered Rum, Shockenaw Mountain Boys, String Cheese Incident, and many others. In addition to his solo work, David has for the last several years been part of a "Beatles jam band" called Rubber Souldiers, with Chris and Lorin Rowan and friends.



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Paul H Dirks

Buy this record
As I listen to David's music it always feels that he's speaking directly to me. His wisdom but lack of pretension makes for a combination that can't help but draw you in. Add to the mix the musicianship and grace of the folks he's got working with him and the result is a true winner!

Tim Ringwood

Mr. Gans is a sweet person, and his shows are always good times with good vibes which this CD reflects. There isn't a bad song in the bunch, but they are not all gems either. A CD where the love of the music exceeds the songs, but only slightly. Oddly the CD closes with the my two favorite tracks, so keep on listening. The boys from Railroad Earth give this music a lot of extra girth, and for Hobos is a good way to here them another acoustic setting. Worth the purchase for fans of this music.

Kenneth E Fryman II

Buy this CD!!
Hey this is a great CD!! Buy it!!! You will be pleased with your purchase. These are great songs performed by fabulous musicians. You will not be disappointed!!

Reva Basch

Give peas a chance
I've been a fan of David's music, live and recorded, since the early '90s. This disk has been in my player since it arrived a few days ago, and it's wearing very well indeed. For whatever reason, the word "mature" springs to mind; this is a collection of songs about things that matter, performed with humor, feeling, and finesse. The Bounty of the County, from which the CD takes its title, should be the anthem of farmers' markets everywhere. A big shout-out to Rita for her produce-savvy lyrical boost on that one!


The ones that look the the weirdest taste the best .
This is one of the sweetest CDs, I have lesson to in a long time.Thank you DG.and all your colleagues, for this creation. The road will go on forever ! let your love light shine,and your creativity.Peace & life Forever , Thank YOU ONCE MORE ,from Patty Chandler


The ones that look the the weirdest taste the best .
This is one of the sweetest CDs, I have lesson to in a long time.Thank you DG.and all your colleagues, for this creation. The road will go on forever ! let your love light shine,and your creativity.Peace & life Forever , Thank YOU ONCE MORE ,from Patty Chandler

Michael in SF

a lovely album
a feel good, beautifully played, soulful album with laughs and heart. (yes, I still call them albums!).

Patti in B'ham

the one that looks the weirdest
Highly recommend listening to this one. It is beautifully put together music and so much depth to it. One can definitely hear the Tim Carbone influence in the music and the amazing talent brought together to make this happen. I had the wonderful opportunity to hear David play these songs live and it is worth the listen.....keep the music going!
Many thanks to David for sharing his music!


Jonathan Winer

Weird is Good!
The Ones That Look The Weirdest Taste The Best, according to singer/songwriter David Gans. That is the title of his latest CD, and a line from a new song, recommending locally grown produce-- The Bounty Of The County. Mr. Gans is the creator and host of The Grateful Dead Hour syndicated radio program, a music journalist and author of several books about The Grateful Dead. He began performing as a San Francisco area musician in 1970, prior to cultivating his broadcasting and writing talents. After the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, Mr. Gans re-focused on his roots as a musician, performing nationally and releasing on CD a collaboration with Eric Rawlins titled Home By Morning in 1997, followed by Solo Acoustic in 2003, Solo Electric in 2005 and Twisted Love Songs in 2007.

If you are acquainted with the catalog, you will note that eight of the eleven songs on The Ones That Look The Weirdest Taste The Best can also be found on an earlier release, but oh my, what a difference. On Weirdest, Mr. Gans is joined by a host of friends from bands such as Railroad Earth, Hot Buttered Rum, and Jewels and Binoculars. Backed by a wide assortment of stringed instruments, percussion, keyboards and occasionally horns, Gans presents familiar songs with a fresh vitality and textural richness. These guys put down some mighty sweet licks. Shove In The Right Direction gets a rockin’ bluegrass feel. An American Family features powerful drums and an eerie instrumental jam that would bring a smile to Mr. Garcia’s face. Save Us From The Saved is re-born here, including exquisite violin work that creates a dark and haunting mood. Like A Dog yowls melodically, with teasing horn arrangements. It’s Gonna Get Better in fact is better, with backing vocals and lush instrumentation.

The Ones That Look The Weirdest Taste The Best offers perhaps the finest available presentations of these songs, ten of which were written or co-written by Mr. Gans. The soundstage is full and nicely balanced. All but one of the songs were recorded at Mix-o-Lydian Studio, and all were expertly HDCD mastered by Joe Gastwirt. Listen through earbuds if you must, but this recording sounds marvelous cranked up on a good home system.

If you’ve not yet added the music of David Gans to your collection, this is a perfect time to start. If you’ve enjoyed any or all of the earlier releases, you’ll find familiar songs on this CD that never sounded so good.

Gordon Taylor

This is wonderful listening!
I got this CD recently and have not stopped listening! Although I'm familiar with most of the songs on the CD, I love the new arrangements for each of them. The backing band is fantastic and obviously very talented and provide a fresh feel for the songs. The fact that he was playing these songs live for some time speaks to the nature of each song; he's had time to hone them to perfection.

I would highly recommend this music selection for anyone who's never heard David's music. For those that know his work, you'll find this recording has a new and enjoyable twist on his work. Even my 90 year old father enjoys them and has asked where he can purchase a copy. Once he borrowed my copy, I had ask him three times to give it back!
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