Old And In The Way played Homer's Warehouse in Palo Alto, CA on July 24, 1973. At least some of the material circulates as "FM MSR>D>CD", claiming to be the complete show, and is recorded as shnid 11861 at db.etree.org.
The recording is decent but not great. The material was broadcast on KZSU-FM (Stanford), and the recording has the FM feel caused from piping room noise in before and after songs. The shows strikes me as mediocre for OAITW, though if there were a pristine recording I suppose I might react differently to it.
I am posting with just a few thoughts/questions relating to this.
First, I am not clear what the structure of the gig(s) was. The etree source linked above has these notes: "It appears as if this was the complete show. Asleep at the Wheel opened." Yet in t01 the DJ says that Asleep at the Wheel will follow, followed by another OAITW set.
So is this set I of a two-set (singly ticketed) show, or is this the early show of a pair that were separately ticketed?
I don't really know. Could it have gone OAITW-AATW-OAITW? Or perhaps AATW-OAITW-AATW-OAITW? With this OAITW set/show clocking in at about an hour, I suppose that could have been possible.
Second, just a note that in identifying the band, one DJ says to the other "Old and in the Way ... Jerry Garcia." We know this and it's trivial, but note that, for these guys at least, the other virtuosi were not the way to identify this band ... it was Jerry.
Third, after "Eating Out of Your Hand," Grisman asks the crowd to refrain from clapping along, since it made it hard for the band members to hear themselves (unamplified instruments and all that). This is consistent with the view that the "Garcia" audience needed to be educated/acculturated into bluegrass. It probably didn't make things better that the clapping seemed to be dreadfully off-time, but in any case this is an interesting (if tiny) instance of the encounter between hippies and the bluegrass world, about which I'll have more to say at some point.
Anyway, below are my notes on this set.
Old And In The Way
Palo Alto, CA
July 24, 1973 (Tuesday)
Early show or set I
Recording: "FM MSR > D > CD"
(12 tracks, 53:33)
01 - DJ talk (1) [1:59], Billy In The Lowground [2:13] [0:10]
02 - [0:12] Going To The Races [3:09] [0:19]
03 - [0:46] Catfish John [3:54] [0:13]
04 - [0:37] Good Woman's Love [4:48] [0:29]
05 - radio talk [1:35], Lonesome Fiddle Blues [3:34] [0:10]
06 - station id & talk [0:45], Eating Out Of Your Hand [3:06] [0:14]
07 - stage talk (2) [0:48], Lonesome L.A. Cowboy [4:27] [0:06]
08 - Hobo Song [5:30] [0:08]
09 - tuning [0:10], Pig In A Pen [2:48] [0:33]
10 - [0:32] Panama Red [2:17] [0:27]
11 - [0:35] Workin' On A Building [3:23] [0:12]
12 - [0:03] Hard Hearted [2:47] [0:33]
Original Comments: "It appears as if this was the complete show. Asleep at the Wheel opened. FM Broadcast KZSU Palo Alto."
Jerry Garcia - banjo, vocals;
Vassar Clements - fiddle;
John Kahn - bass;
Peter Rowan - guitar, vocals;
David Grisman - mandolin, vocals.