Originally released in 1988, Almost Acoustic features live recordings from the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band's fall 1987 tour stops at The Wiltern in Los Angeles and the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. In March 1987 Jerry Garcia, David Nelson, Sandy Rothman, and John Kahn performed a six-song set at a benefit concert at the Fillmore. This group of talented individuals, with the addition of David Kemper and Kenny Kosek, later became the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, opening for electric Jerry Garcia Band sets between 1987 and 1988. The performances herein honor the works of Jimmie Rodgers and Mississippi John Hurt with covers of bluegrass and folk classics such as "Blue Yodel #9" and "Spike Driver Blues" along with other traditional favorites including "I've Been All Around this World," and "Deep Elem Blues," plus the Garcia/Hunter masterpiece "Ripple."
This re-issue was re-mastered by Fred Kevorkian and pressed onto two 180 gram purple LPs. Each set sits in gatefold packaging and includes a free MP3 download of the album audio.