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 7:30pm on Nov 9th, 2018

Sunday November 11th, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, “the war to end all wars.” Armistice occurred at: “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918,” and the first Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) was November 11th, 1919, one year later. Because of the singular importance of the Armistice centennial (and for Veterans Day), we thought it only appropriate that this week on the Golden Road, we have a selection of music from the Grateful Dead’s November 11th, 1973 show at the Winterland. This was the third and final night of a three show Winterland run and highlights some classic 1973 Grateful Dead! Happy Veterans Day!

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Nov 2nd, 2018

This week the Golden Road returns to one of our favorite venues, the Rochester War Memorial for Grateful Dead music recorded live on November 7th, 1985. The RWM was the scene of many great GD shows in the seventies and eighties. Sadly, this show and the following night were the last Dead shows at this venerable hall. The hit Touch Of Grey spelled the end to shows at the smaller more intimate venues and arenas and stadiums were the only venues large enough to handle the new audience.

Tonight’s show was smack dab in the middle of the very well-played 1985 Fall tour. While the setlist is pretty standard 80s fare but the Boys were having fun on this night and the music reflects this. Jerry’s voice is a little rough here and there (it was much better than the Summer tour), but he made up for this with some outstanding playing. Plus we will hear a touch of Richmond November 1st, 1985.

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Oct 26th, 2018

This week on the GR we are featuring the GD’s October 31, 1971 Halloween show recorded live at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. This is our nod to many folks old and young’s favorite holiday, Halloween! The second set from this show was released as DP 2 way back in 1995 and features the marvelous melodic DS>Sug Mag with the Tighten Up Jam. But what is really cool is that the whole show recently came into circulation. So, this evening we hear the better part of the first set (mostly the all then brand-new songs) and the entire second set. This show was the last show of ten with the new guy KG on keys. Pig of course was convalescing but rejoined the band on Dec 1 in Boston.

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Oct 19th, 2018

We like anniversaries here at the Golden Road and this week we have a big one! This week marks the 40th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s October 1978 five-night stand at Winterland. Billed as the From Egypt With Love shows, these concerts (October 17th,18th & 20th- 22nd) were played just a month after their Egyptian fieldtrip. If their Egyptian shows were subpar, the band made up for it over the five night as every one of these shows was extraordinary! And guess what? Our esteemed Golden Road founder and Silver Nine Volt Heart host, Rodriquez went to all five nights and has kindly agreed to sit in with us this week and play cherry-picked highlights from these stellar shows!  Thank You Rodriquez!

The Golden Road for 7:30pm on Oct 12th, 2018

This week we have a very special edition of the Golden Road featuring the mighty fine music of the David Grisman Quintet! Over the last forty years or so, David Grisman (aka Dawg) has carved out a unique musical space called Dawg music, which is a blend of jazz, bluegrass, gypsy jazz and folk. Backing the Dawg was a great band with great players that included Tony Rice, Todd Philips and Darol Anger (and later Stephane Grappelli). Featured tonight is Dawg music from 1977 to 1979. Amazing music in our humble opinion. And rounding out this week’s broadcast are a couple tunes by Jerry Garcia and Dawg from their release So What. Now get comfy because there is lots of great picking and playing this week!

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Oct 5th, 2018

This week the Golden Road takes us back to October 4th, 1970 and the fabled Winterland for music by the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, the Quicksilver Messenger Service, Hot Tuna, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage (October 4th, 1970 was of course the day that Janis Joplin died, so what was to be a festive show turned into a somber event). We will have the entire Dead set this week and a taste of the other bands on the bill plus Janis too. And a shout out to Chuckles from the Dead Net Central days for his hand getting out this recording!


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

Attention all ‘76 Weenies! This week the Golden Road takes us back to Fall 1976 for Grateful Dead music recorded live at the Capital Centre in Washington, DC on September 25th and the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse on September 28th. These shows were released as Dick’s Picks Volume Twenty and it makes up this week’s music, which will include a few tracts from the Cap Centre and the second set from Syracuse.

Btw: Back in the olden days of DeadNetCentral (DNC), those of us who liked 1976 Grateful Dead were deemed '76 Weenies. Then, I am a very proud '76 Weenie!

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

This week the Golden Road takes us to the Big Apple, New York City, for the Grateful Dead recorded live at Madison Square Garden on September 18, 1987. MSG hosted fifty-two Grateful Dead concerts and this week’s offering was one of the best all time MSG shows and is certainly a candidate for the best show of 1987, Garcia’s comeback year! This is a terrific show with loads of great playing, that is capped off by a massive Morning Dew!

The Golden Road for 7:00pm on Sep 14th, 2018

This week the Golden Road takes us to the Great Pyramid of Giza. That’s right we’re crossing the Great Pond with the Grateful Dead for their September 1978 Egyptian concerts. We find it hard to believe, but these famed gigs were played forty years ago this weekend. While hardly stellar performances by the band, the expedition to Egypt was a trip of a lifetime for the Dead and the many fans who made the journey. And did we mention the September 16th show (tonight’s show), was played under a full moon and a lunar eclipse! We also have music from Mickey Hart’s way cool release The Music of Upper and Lower Egypt to round out this edition of the Golden Road.


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

This week on the Golden Road, we have Grateful Dead music from the brand-new Dave’s Picks 27, recorded live on September 2nd, 1983 at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Featured this week is the better part of the shows very fine second set. And as Phil Lesh said: “Citizens of Boise. Submit or perish. You’re a conquered people!”


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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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