The Grateful Dead are getting into the podcast game. The band announced a new podcast, ‘The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast,’ a weekly series “devoted to exploring the music and mythology behind one of the most enduring, progressive, and influential bands in the history of recorded music.” (Quote via press release.)
The show will be hosted by Rich Mahan and Relix contributing editor Jesse Jarnow, and announced guests will include “Trixie Garcia (Garcia’s daughter), David Lemieux (Grateful Dead legacy manager and archivist), Dennis McNally (author and the band’s former publicist), and Bill “Grateful Red” Walton (NBA Champion and famous Dead Head). Future episodes will also include rare interviews with many who were closely involved in the early years of the band including Stephen Barncard, Steve Brown, Brian Godchaux, and Ron and Susan Wickersham, amongst many others.” (Quote via press release.)
According to a statement from Grateful Dead HQ, “the Deadcast’s weekly episodes will present an aural and oral history of the Grateful Dead’s long strange trip. 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 Mahan and Jarnow explore the band’s outrageous history, innovations, and impact from 1965 to today. Many of the unsolved mysteries of the Dead world will also be explained including: which obscure Macedonian folk song Jerry Garcia borrowed the “Uncle John’s Band” melody from; dating the exact writing of “Dire Wolf”; and locating the secret trail between Garcia and Janis Joplin’s houses.”
The first eight episodes of the show will focus on the Dead’s 1970 LP Workingman’s Dead, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. According to a press release, “The first episode, available now, takes a look at “Uncle John’s Band” with specials guests including Grateful Dead tour manager Sam Cutler, songwriter Jim Lauderdale, Workingman’s Dead producer Bob Matthews, and collaborator David Nelson.”
Listen to the trailer for the show below, and find the first episode wherever you get your podcasts.