“The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast,” the official Grateful Dead podcast, is a series devoted to exploring the music and mythology behind one of the most enduring, progressive, and influential bands in the history of recorded music. The podcast’s tagline is “For The Committed And The Curious,” as episodes will invite new fans to explore the band’s enormous mythology in digestible chunks and enlighten life-long Dead Heads about corners of the band’s history they never knew existed. No topic will be off limits on “The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast” as hosts Rich Mahan and Jesse Jarnow explore the band’s outrageous history, innovations, and impact from 1965 to today.
Listen To The River: Fox Theatre, October 1972
We go behind the scenes, into the crowd, around the specially-installed mirror ball, & inside the music at the Dead’s 3 legendary 1972 shows at St. Louis’s Fox Theatre with promoters Sepp Donahower & Tony Dwyer, musicologist Graeme Boone, & Dead freaks who were there.
Listen To The River: Fox Theatre, December 1971
The Grateful Dead’s relationship with St. Louis went deep as the new Listen To The River box set and this Deadcast prove, featuring promoter Tony Dwyer, offstage jams at Scotty’s Music, and the time the Dead crashed Richie Gerber’s bar mitzvah.
Enter Keith Godchaux
The Deadcast opens its 4th season with one of the most unlikely but totally true stories in Grateful Dead history: how Keith & Donna Jean Godchaux approached Jerry Garcia at a bar and announced that Keith was the Dead’s new keyboardist, going deep into Godchaux family history.
The Deadcast takes a special season-closing look at Jerry Garcia’s classic eponymous debut with co-producer Bob Matthews and friends, recorded during the summer of 1971 by Garcia and a small crew of close collaborators including Bill Kreutzmann and Robert Hunter.
Playing Dead, Part 2
A truly all-star Deadcast examines the infinite approaches to playing Dead music, from traditional to radical, with a massive span of musicians who’ve played it, from jazz arrangers to indie rock heroes, from actual Dead members to Japanese cover bands.
Playing Dead, Part 1
The Deadcast examines how the Grateful Dead became a genre and school of music unto themselves, tracing the history of Dead covers to New Jersey in 1969, Calcutta in 1975, & beyond, featuring special appearances by Phish’s Trey Anastasio & Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan.
[Gettin’ to 45hrs total. ]
Dear Prof. Jarnow,
That’s a one-credit course worth of effort here at UC Berkeley! When’s the final exam?
Love, One Faithful Student.
Grateful… for this podcast
During the challenging past few years I have been taking a deep deep deep dive into the world of the Grateful Dead. This is my favorite podcast of the bunch. Highly recommend.
Fascinating in-depth analysis of key albums supported by relevant interviews from people who were there. Want an hour breakdown of every song on every album ( yes, I do!) and how they came to be? Or an explanation of the transformation of the band beyond description from primal psychedelia to the melting pot of genres they became?? Then this is the place to find it! Amazing... share with a friend
No matter how much you think you know, you’ll be amazed with the trivia and factoids