It's doubtful that Jesse McReynolds' days with brother duo Jim & Jesse or his 45 years as a member of the squeaky-clean Grand Ole Opry had much in common with Jerry Garcia's long, strange trip with The Grateful Dead. But the two were kindred spirits in their love of bluegrass music, and in their drive to forge new styles on their respective instruments: McReynolds became known for his unusual cross-picking and split-string approach to mandolin, a style not unlike Garcia's guitar playing, which incorporated banjo techniques. But what's most striking about this new tribute album is how much McReynolds evokes Garcia's spirit vocally, with a raspy, ragged-but-right glow that's sure to bring a grin to many a Deadhead. It doesn't hurt that David Nelson (Garcia's former bandmate in New Riders of the Purple Sage) and Stu Allen (guitarist for the ultimate Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra) provide support. Highlights include “Ripple,” “Loser,” a particularly poignant “Black Muddy River” and one original track, “Day by Day,” written by McReynolds and Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. McReynolds celebrates the album release at a special Thursday evening edition of Ernest Tubb's Midnite Jamboree.