New Riders of the Purple Sage

American country rock band

New Riders of the Purple Sage (NRPS) is an American country rock band formed in 1969.[1] It grew out of jam sessions between Jerry Garcia and John "Marmaduke" Dawson.[2] They soon became an opening act for the Grateful Dead. They branched out on their own by the early 1970s. The New Riders of the Purple Sage received a recording contract in 1971.[1] They based their name on Foy Willing's earlier group, Riders of the Purple Sage adding "New" to their name.[2]

New Riders of the Purple Sage
New Riders of the Purple Sage in 2015. Left to right: Buddy Cage, Michael Falzarano, Johnny Markowski, David Nelson, Ronnie Penque.
Background information
OriginSan Francisco, California, USA
GenresCountry rock
Years active1969-1997
LabelsColumbia Records, MCA Records, A&M Records, Relix, Mu, Woodstock
Associated actsThe Grateful Dead
MembersDavid Nelson
Buddy Cage
Johnny Markowski
Past membersJohn Dawson


Studio albums
  • New Riders of the Purple Sage (album)|New Riders of the Purple Sage (1971)
  • Powerglide (1972)
  • Gypsy Cowboy (1972)
  • The Adventures of Panama Red (1973)
  • Brujo (1974)
  • Oh, What a Mighty Time (1975)
  • New Riders (1976)
  • Who Are Those Guys! (1977)
  • Marin Country Line (1977)
  • Feelin' All Right (1981)
  • Before Time Began (1986)
  • Keep On Keepin' On (1989)
  • Midnight Moonlight (1992)
  • Where I Come From (2009)
  • 17 Pine Avenue (2012)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Colin Larkin, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (London: Omnibus Press, 2011), p. 1716
  2. 2.0 2.1 Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The Encyclopedia of Country Music, eds. Paul Kingsbury; Michael McCall; John Rumble (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2012), p. 362