The Golden Road

​Join Alligator and take a musical journey down the Golden Road and explore the music of the Grateful Dead, its roots and its many offshoots.

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The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Jan 4th, 2019

Well folks this is it! El Ultimo! The Last One! Rumors of my pending return to West Virginia are true, and this week is my final show as host of the Golden Road! Like the Grateful Dead, the Band Beyond Description, my experience here at KDRT has been an experience beyond description, but all things must pass and I must say fare-thee-well to you all in radioland and all the awesome volunteers and the staff at the DRT. But fear not we have dandy of show this week on the Golden Road with cherry picked Grateful Dead tunes and a sit in by Rodriquez. 

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Dec 28th, 2018

With New Year’s Eve 2018 just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to feature music from Grateful Dead New Year’s Eve shows past. Thusly, this week on the Golden Road, we have a mixture of tunes from the Cow Palace, December 31, 1976 and Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, December 31, 1990.  These two shows cover a lot Grateful Dead musical territory. 

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Dec 21st, 2018

We here at the Golden Road think that nothing says Seasons Greetings like Jerry “Spud Boy” Garcia and David “Dawg” Grisman playing music together. Thusly this week on the Golden Road, we have Spud Boy and Dawg recorded live at the Warfield Theater on December 8th, 1991. This is the middle night of a three-night stand and Jerry and David are in very fine form and spirits and deliver a stellar performance (including their incredible version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen!). Fortunately, this mighty fine show was captured in all its glory by soundman John Cutler and we present his recording to you here this week.

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Nov 30th, 2018

This week the Golden Road takes us back to the Pittsburgh, Pa, the Steel City, for Grateful Dead music recorded live at the celebrated Stanley Theatre on Friday November 30, 1979. Brent Mydland was the new guy and the new energy he brought to the Grateful Dead was immediate and abounds at this show. Friday night with the Dead, it doesn’t get any better than that! Oh yeah did I mention the killer Scarlet>Fire?

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Nov 23rd, 2018

This week on the Golden Road, with a nod to Thanksgiving, we have a little of this and a little of that, kind of like diving into leftovers on Friday. We have a nice chunk of the new Dave's Picks 28 from June 17, 1976, Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Marty Robbins, Tim O’Brien, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, the Band and track or two from the LP Skakedown Street released forty years ago last week.

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Nov 16th, 2018

This week on the Golden Road, we are taking a trip back to late Fall 1969 for a mix of Grateful Dead music recorded live at the New Old Fillmore (after Bill Graham closed down the Fillmore Auditorium in 1968, the venue reopened sometime in 1969 as the New Old Fillmore). This week’s music is culled from the November 8th (Dick Latvala’s favorite show!) and December 20-21 shows and features several songs by the one and only Ron “Pigpen” McKernan! Call the Fillmore Auditorium by any name, but these shows must have felt like old home week for the band and their playing was very inspired! Now get ready to dig the Pig!

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We are now up to the third host on Golden Road. How can KDRT have three winners in a row? Alligator is the latest star lighting the way down the Road, and an informed host he is bringing bits of Dead history and info to add to the show fun. Tune in for a good time.

Thanks to Lee for bringing some great vintage Dead to our ears! We love the program!

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