Radio Radio

Yesterday, I recommended that folks who are sick of ClearChannel radio stations polluting the US airwaves should take a listen to our very own Grateful Dread Radio. Some folks wrote in with questions about it, which I’ll answer here.

What is Grateful Dread Radio?

It’s a Yahoo Launchcast station that I programmed with scads and scads of great tunes. Perfectly legal, no downloading, has versions for all kinds of Internet speeds, even slow dialup (which I have), and it’s free, though they do offer a paid ad-free version. (Yeah, ads suck, but they are fairly minimal.)

Does it cost anything?

Read previous answer.

What kind of music does it have?

We present an eclectic (that’s putting it mildly) KIND mix of music: rock, progressive, jamband, reggae, worldbeat, blues, jazz, folk, Americana, & more. Celebrate the Dead, Bob Marley, Phish, roots music, singer-songwriters, jambands, & more, with the goal of creating world peace thru music, friendship & kindness.


I saved a bit of the playlist from my most recent listening experience:

John Fahey – Come Back Baby

Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights

Bob Marley – African Herbsman

moe. – Bullet

Rickie Lee Jones – On Saturday Afternoons in 1963

The Grateful Dead – Clementine Jam – Bonus Material

Bunny Wailer – Stiff Neck Fool

Janis Joplin – Summertime (Previously Unreleased, Take 1, Cheap Thrills Sessions)

Tracy Chapman – Behind The Wall

Bruce Cockburn – Birmingham Shadows

Dennis Brown – Home Sweet Home (Extended)

Richard Thompson – Keep Your Distance

Roots Radics – True Believer

Keller Williams – Vabeeotchay

Neil Young – Helpless

Brownie McGhee – ‘Fore Day Creep

Little Feat – Teenage Nervous Breakdown

Culture – Crisis

Mad Professor – Petty Bourgeois Dub

Israel Vibration – Angel

Joni Mitchell – Car on a Hill

Maura O’Connell – Wall Around Your Heart

Jerry Garcia/David Grisman – Friend of the Devil

Medeski Martin & Wood – Dracula Remix

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Much Smarter Dub

Led Zeppelin – Bring It on Home

Neville Brothers = I’ve Found Another Love

Mickey Hart – Temple Caves

Albert Collins – Blue River Rising

Judy Mowatt – Trade Winds

Iris de Ment – Infamous Angel

Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence

Jolene _ Stadium Face

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lookin’ Out My Back Door

Bela Fleck – Oh Darling

Bob Dylan – John Brown

Deadsy – She Likes Big Words

Dan Fogelberg – She Don’t Look Back

Jackson Browne – The Pretender

Toshi Reagon – For Our Love

Culture – One A We

Toots & The Maytals – I Shall Be Free

John Fahey – The Sea Of Love

Richard Thompson – Can’t Win – Live

Merl Saunders – My Problems Got Problems

Dennis Brown – Birds Have Their Nest

Uncle Tupelo – D. Boon

And that represents only a small portion of what’s available.

How long has this been running?

For so many years that I have lost count. In its most current incarnation on Launchcast (we’ve used a variety of Internet-radio setups over time), about two years. The primary music programming has taken months; I’ve gone through literally thousands of songs, albums, and genres to put this together. Rarely a clunker will slip through, but not often. It really is a terrific — and eclectic — collection of music for those who enjoy the styles we present. To fans of those not included, sorry. I do like hip hop and other types of music, but some things were excluded in order to create some cohesiveness in the sound, and my prevailing desire was to have a hippie-reggae-folkie feel, in keeping with my kynd-community site, Grateful Dread on the Web, although there is a lot of deep-cut classic rock in there too. What do you want? I’m old.

Do you accept requests?

Yep, and I make every attempt to get them into the mix when possible. No promises, though. You can leave requests in the Comments section for this post.

Give it a listen!

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