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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 cov... more


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Latest Episodes

Rob is joined by longtime Grateful Dead crew member Steve Parish. Big Steve regales us with stories from his time on the road and his close relationship with Jerry Garcia. Listening to Steve talk really sheds a different light on just how special and... more

a month ago

In a tribute to the late luthier and designer of the Grateful Dead's iconic Wall of Sound, Rob goes back into the archive to bring you his conversation with Rick Turner. more

2 months ago

Rob gets together with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene. Jackie explains how he had to learn the Grateful Dead catalogue in a trial by fire situation, as a member of Phil Lesh's band. He goes deep in explaining how life-changing ... more

2 months ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 50 ratings
  • Great Contenr

    I’m biased because I’m a musician who played Grateful Dead music, but I love this podcast. The interviews are thoughtful and interesting, the guests are great and it’s just a home run. It’s great to hear the stories of the musicians who are keeping the GD’s musical torch burning bright.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States4 months ago
  • Musical nerds podcast

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

    Apple Podcasts
    Woodsy gal
    United States9 months ago
  • 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 !!!!!!!!!

    Apple Podcasts
    Big Jon 😉
    United Statesa year ago
  • 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!

    Apple Podcasts
    lamars the goat
    United Statesa year ago
  • Great Guests and Excellent Host

    If a marginal Dead fan can love this podcast then you know it’s good. Really enjoyed the segments and its free-flowing style. Rob does an awesome job.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago

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