The Music Plays the Band is a podcast from Dark Star Orchestra Drummer Rob Koritz about the influence of the Grateful Dead on the life and career of professional musicians from the jamband world and beyond. With the premise being musicians who like the Grateful Dead really love talking about the Grateful Dead, Rob has long form conversations with some of your favorite musicians about how they got turned on to the band and the impact it had on their life, music and careers. In addition to the feature interview, each episode will have three mini-segments:The Black Music Moment, highlighting the monumental influence of Black Music on the sound of the Grateful Dead. The Sarno Music Solutions Breakdown with audio guru Brad Sarno about ideas and techniques that shed light on the sonic secrets from the Grateful Dead audio world. There's a Grateful Dead Cover Band in Every Town features conversations with local Grateful Dead bands from around the country, discussing different approaches to covering the music and the communities that have developed around these scenes. With Dark Star Orchestra unable to tour due to the Pandemic, like many touring musicians Rob found himself in the unusual place of having lots of time at home. Not being able to bring the music to the people, Rob began engaging with fans online doing question and answer sessions, as well as some live interviews. As is often the case when dealing in all things Grateful Dead, events started taking on a life of their own and Rob was approached by old friends and St. Louis songwriting/production team Brothers Lazaroff about wanting to help Rob take these conversations further and create a formal podcast. After a few Zoom calls the plan was hatched. Pulling from his lifetime as a professional touring musician specializing in the music of the Grateful Dead, Rob is excited to bring conversations he feels are largely missing from the cannon of Grateful Dead inspired content. The Music Plays the Band is generously supported bySarno Music Solutions, Blue Jade Audio, The Authenticity Academy, Grateful Sweats and the Clean Store. Learn more and support the show at www.patreon.com/themusicplays
Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits)
Rob talks with Aron Magner from the Disco Biscuits and learns how even the heavily electronica-based jam band has been inspired by the Grateful DeadWe tribute Willie Dixon in the Black Music Moment, talk with Brad Sarno about Jerry Garcia's Pedal Steel...
Ben Kaufmann (Yonder Mountain String Band)
Rob checks in with bassist Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band. Ben talks about how he was exposed to The Grateful Dead, what inspires him about the music, and how Yonder Mountain String Band approaches covering Dead tunes We pay homage to...
Vinnie Amico (moe.)
Rob talks shop with old friend and drummer Vinnie Amico of seminal jamband moe. They go deep talking about drumming Dead, practicing rudiments during the pandemic, and how moe.'s songwriting and improvisation has been influenced by The Grateful...
Kenny Withrow (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians)
Rob talks to Kenny Withrow, guitarist for Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians about his career path in music, his current pandemic music life and how the Grateful Dead influenced his approach to improvisation, guitar playing, and songwriting. We pay...
Rob catches up with Keller Williams mid-pandemic and talks about the first Grateful Dead tunes he jammed on, as well as their broader influence. They discuss the evolution of Keller's style and look back on his long career in the music biz. We pay...
Rob Barraco (Phil Lesh Quintet, Dark Star Orchestra, Zen Tricksters)
For the inaugural episode, Rob gives an introduction to the concepts and segments for The Music Plays The Band. Rob's first feature interview is Rob Barraco, veteran keyboardist with the Phil Lesh Quintet, Zen Tricksters, and long-time DSO bandmate.We...
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Robert is a relaxed and informed host, and the strength of his friendships with the musicians he interviews comes across in every episode. It makes everything more authentic and entertaining. Hope it’s a successful and worthwhile venture!
This is EXACTLY what we need!
This is just so much fun to listen to. An absolute joy, escapist, and lovely. Please keep it up!
Awesome, thanks Rob.