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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

The Music Plays the Band w/ Rob Koritz of Dark Star Orchestra Rob Koritz

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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

    Ep 22 Bob Crawford (Avett Brothers)

    Ep 22 Bob Crawford (Avett Brothers)

    Join Rob for a great feature conversation with Avett Brothers bassist and founding member, Bob Crawford.  Hear them talk about Bob's introduction to the Dead and how even a song oriented Americana band can be influenced by the Grateful Dead.  We also touch on the Avett's collaborations with Bob Weir and the importance of Robert Hunter and John Barlow, plus much much more.

    Also on the program is Mark Diomede, as staple on the New Jersey Dead scene to talk about various projects of his, including Solar Circus and The Juggling Suns.

    In the Black Music Moment when honor the seminal funk band The Meters

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    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 21 Mark Karan ( Ratdog, The Other Ones)

    Episode 21 Mark Karan ( Ratdog, The Other Ones)

    Mark Karan was a teenager growing up in Haight-Ashbury during the Dead's formative years and was an instant fan.  He and Rob talk about his  growing up and being informed musically by the San Francisco theme, plus much more.
    They also get deep, talking about music and emotions, expanding musical horizons beyond the Dead, then coming back to it and being an integral part of the Dead's post Garcia legacy.

    Also on the program today is Tim Zoucha of Lincoln Nebraska's Jerry Pranksters to talk about a strong community in a "non-traditional" Grateful Dead market

    In the Black Music Moment we honor the great Junior Parker


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    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep 20 Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay (Grateful Dead)

    Ep 20 Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay (Grateful Dead)

    To celebrate his 20th Episode, Rob welcomes very special guest Donna Jean Godchaux Mackay to the program.  Donna spent the 70s as a member of the Grateful Dead and shares her stories on how that came to be plus her musical experiences growing up.  Donna also explains how she, along with Jerry and Bob worked out their harmonies, the joy of the music, playing with other people and her current musical relationship with Jeff Mattson plus much much more in this very candid conversation.

    Also on the program today is Lisa Mackey of Dark Star Orchestra to share her impressions of Donna and what it is like to perform Donna's parts and the unwavering support she gets from her.
    We also feature the wicked Wilson Pickett in the Black Music Moment


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    Blue Jade Audio Mastering
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    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 19 Jay Lane (Ratdog, Wolf Bros., Primus)

    Ep 19 Jay Lane (Ratdog, Wolf Bros., Primus)

    Jay Lane joins Rob for this episode and they have a deep and candid talk that touches on his upbringing in San Francisco, his many and varied musical influences, how he came into the Dead's musical universe, what he strives for as a musician and much , much more.

    Also joining today is Garrett Deloian of Jerry's Middle Finger, a Los Angeles based band that primarily interprets the music of the Jerry Garcia Band. 
    Sticking with the Jerry Band theme, we honor Jimmy Cliff in this week's Black Music Moment.


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    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep 18. Barry Sless (Phil and Friends, David Nelson Band, Full Moonalice and much more)

    Ep 18. Barry Sless (Phil and Friends, David Nelson Band, Full Moonalice and much more)

    Rob welcomes Barry Sless, guitarist and pedal steel player for too many projects to name.  Barry shares his thoughts on interpreting the music, always having an open mind plus the differences in approaching improvisational music on pedal steel or guitar, and much more.

    We also have the final installment of our amazing conversation with Rick Turner.  Today Rob and Rick discuss the limitations that came with the Wall of Sound.

    Michael Wegman of the Athens GA band Cosmic Charlie joins us and we highlight Martha and the Vandellas in the Black Music Moment.


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    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep 17. Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne)

    Ep 17. Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne)

    Rob welcomes Aaron Comess, drummer from the Spin Doctors.  Hear how the Dead had an early influence on his playing and career, as well as his insight into the  early 90's genesis of the jamband scene as we know it today and much more.
    We focus on the immortal Sam Cooke in the Black Music Moment and welcome Josh Daniel from Charlotte NC who talks about his local Dead scene and having the pleasure to perform both with his band and as a solo artist.

    In part 3 of our conversation with Rick Turner, he shares how the idea of the Wall of Sound became a reality.

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    The Authenticity Academy
    Get in touch with your authentic self. Offering you online courses and private coaching.

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    • 1 hr 12 min

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35 Ratings

Woodsy gal ,

Musical nerds podcast

Fun podcast lots of insider info about musicians. I enjoy this being a music nerd.

Big Jon 😉 ,

DSO

This organization “ is at the top of there game “ Jeff and J-K “ are simply the BEST “ you can close your eyes “ while listening and think : 😯 WOW IS THAT “””” JERRY 🤔or Rob playing rhythm “ is that BOBBY 😉thanks for your shows Rob “ JON SHIELD : Harmonica “ PS / the TONE “ the sound is amazing GARÇIA is very proud !!!!!!!!!

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For lovers of the dead that want a deep dive.

Rob is a great interviewer who asks great questions and knows the music so well. I recommend to anyone who loves talking about the Grateful Dead and it’s never ending influence on modern music and culture!

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