Ken Frankel Remembers Three Events
In 1962-1963 I played a fair amount of old-time and bluegrass music with Jerry Garcia and Bob Hunter. Although we changed our name several times, and had a
changing lineup, for at least three events we had a very simlar basic lineup: Jerry, Bob, David Nelson, and me, With this lineup, we were either The Wildwood Boys or The Hart Valley Drifters.
With the help of Grateful Dead historian Brian Miksis, the three events with these four of us in the band that we know of are:
- May 12, 1962 - The Thunder Mountain Tub Thumpers performed the opening set for two shows with headliner Guy Carawan at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium, as the main Saturday night show of the
Stanford Folk Festival. The Tub Thumpers had opened the festival on the previous night in a smaller hall. The headliner for Saturday, Hedy West, had to cancel, so they put us on the show
at the last minute. I know I played banjo, but I don't remember what instruments the other guys played, and I don't remember why I didn't play on the Friday night show.
- Fall, 1962 - Recorded this tape with the four of us plus Norm van Maastricht, at Stanford.
- May 18, 1963 - Monterey Folk Festival. We played in the band contest, but left before the winner was announced. Later we were all sitting together watching a show, when the MC announced that we were the
winners of the band contest, and would now come on stage and play a song, and we were "What, us? quick, where are our instruments? Does anybody have a bass Bob can borrow?" amd we somehow got on
stage and played a song, which I think was Nine Pound Hammer (of all the weird things to remember).