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About David Gans

Musician • Author • Singer/Songwriter • Radio Producer 

Author of the definitive book on the evolution of The Dead.

David's Official Biography

David Gans delivers literate, improvisational folk-rock with looping in a “solo electric” setting. A solo Gans show is likely to consist of several elements: country-blues-style fingerpicking; loop-based improvisations created live in the moment; sweetly-sung ballads, original or borrowed; Grateful Dead songs reinterpreted to suit his voice and guitar; wry observations of the music-festival subculture and the larger world; soulful and passionate political commentary; favorites from the folk-rock canon of the last 50 years. Mix and match – it’s never the same show twice, but it’s always worth a listen.

Social Media
Music Online: Download and Listen
David is Blogging at Cloudsurfing
Many DG shows are available for download from
David Gans uses Jim Dunlop guitar strings and thinks you should, too
David’s main touring guitar is a Renaissance RS-6, by Rick Turner! Not a custom instrument – you could own one just like it!

None of this was planned. David never set out to become a professional Deadhead or a DJ. Another page he took from the Grateful Dead book was this model of improvising your own life, and staying open to a serendipitous build-up of events and circumstances that led David on his path.