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.