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The Roots Of The Dead And The Latest From Jason Isbell

Friday, July 24

Something More Than Free is the brand-new release from Jason Isbell and the follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 album Southeastern. Continuing in the acoustic-driven tradition of that album, Something More Than Free features songs about working people and those living at the fringes of what remains of the American dream. We’ll also hear selections from High On Tulsa Heat, the recent LP from singer-songwriter John Moreland.

Saturday, July 25

We’ll hear two hour-long specials, one covering former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Water’s 1992 solo album Amused To Death and another commemorating the moment Bob Dylan went electric.

Monday, July 27 

1972 was a watershed year for the Grateful Dead and the band’s extensive European tour from that spring remains a key part of the San Francisco collective’s mythology. We’ll hear selections from a few dates on that tour on this episode of the show as well as music from John Moreland’s High On Tulsa Heat

Tuesday, July 28

Released in 1970 American Beauty was both a departure for the Grateful Dead and an acknowledgement of its roots in folk and bluegrass music. For that album and another 1970 release, Workingman’s Dead, the group abandoned its psychedelic leanings for acoustic-driven numbers that remain accessible even to those who don’t count themselves as Deadheads. We’ll hear music from American Beauty on this episode of the show as well as selections from Deadicated, a 1991 compilation featuring Lyle Lovett, Jane’s Addiction and others taking on their favorite Grateful Dead compositions. 

Wednesday, July 29

Where The Woodbine Twineth is the second album from Elliot Road, the Kansas-based acoustic duo featuring brothers John and James Beasley. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as music from the Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead.

Thursday, July 30

Forever known as the Godfather of Soul, James Brown was not only a fiery live performer but a keen interpreter of songs by a wide range of artists. We’ll hear some examples of his work from the album Soul on Top as well as music from the bluesier days of the Grateful Dead on this episode of the show. 

Friday, July 31

Released in 1989, Built To Last became the final studio recording from the Grateful Dead. Lacking a Top 40 hit and featuring material that was deemed by many as lackluster at the time, the album has become a fan favorite in recent years. We’ll hear selections from it on this episode of the show as well as music from Should Have Seen It Coming, the 2004 album from Split Lip Rayfield.