Shakedown Speak is a podcast allowing two high school buddies to ramble on (rose) about one of their favorite bands…the Grateful Dead.
Drew Hamilton and Mike Widmer grew up together in Darien, CT in the early 80s but haven’t lived in the same city since. What better way for a couple of old Heads to reconnect than to Skype it out and talk about the “band beyond description?”
Our goal? To entertain both the Grateful Heads and the Missed The Deads. We’ll spend the first several episodes reviewing all Grateful Dead albums. Following that, we’ll look at the band’s history, frequency of songs played, evolution of song arrangements, Dead vernacular, live show reviews, the parking lot scene, and more.
Wid Kid brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and will wow you with his encyclopedic recall, which we’ll test when we start playing name that Dead tune. Hammy, on the other hand, spends his time inserting as many corny Dead jokes as possible to distract you from his big bag of nothing.
Rumor has it strangers stop strangers just to hear this podcast, so hop on the bus for this long, strange trip through another time’s forgotten space…on Shakedown Speak!
Let’s get on with the show.
Speaking of which, here’s the latest episode…
Grateful Dead fans Drew Hamilton and Mike Widmer are finally back to review the albums Blues for Allah, Terrapin Station, and Shakedown Street from the time period 1975-1978. Wid Kid brings the history. Hammy brings the humor…in an effort to cover up his inability to correctly pronounce King Solomon’s (13:28), climactic scene (43:48), and Italy (43:52).
Show Highlights (or Lowlights depending on your viewpoint):
36:40-37:22 Think Wid Kid prefers his Samson and Delilah live?
43:25-44:00 Talk much, Hammy?
52:35-53:10 Hammy sings France‘s praises. Or does he?
Next episode? Keith and Donna’s exit from the band. Brent Mydland’s entrance. A review of Go To Heaven. And we finally usher in the 80’s.
Hop on the bus for this long, strange trip through another time’s forgotten space…on Shakedown Speak!