Music From the Radio Free Athens Crew: June 20, 2020

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Like most everything else, Radio Free Athens has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Although you won’t get to hear your favorite DJs on the air for a while, we will be supplying faithful listeners with playlists in the meantime. Find them below!


From R@T 

I have been going through boxes of stuff lately trying to purge myself of things that need to go.  I came across a cassette of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band that I have not heard in a while.  It is where I started when working on this week’s playlist.  I have also thrown in some songs about dads since Sunday is Father’s Day. Somehow it finished with three Johns.

The Grateful Dead- Deep Elem Blues
Billy Strings- Dust In a Baggie
Sturgill Simpson- Turtles All the Way Down
Glenn Campbell- Gentle on My Mind
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers- Good as Gold
Johnny Cash- A Boy Named Sue
Hank Williams Sr- I’m a Long Gone Daddy
John Prine- Daddy’s Little Pumpkin
John Hiatt- Your Dad Did
John Lee Hooker- Father Was a Jockey
From Michael T. 

I had to relocate here in 2003 before I fully understood how important Ohio’s music is to the rest of the planet. This week’s list consists solely of performers from Ohio – some you know, the rest you need to.  Alan Freed notwithstanding, there’s a reason the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located here -not that I’ve ever been).  Please enjoy, and thanks for checking out our playlists.  Featuring:


Angela Perley

The Outsiders

Rachel Sweet

The Tough and Lovely


The Waitresses

The Raspberries
Ali Zjana

The Lemon Pipers

Water Witches

Pere Ubu

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

The D-Rays

The O’Jays

The Isley Brothers

The Valentinos

Bobby Womack

Zapp & Roger

The High Definitions

Megan Wren

Pure Prarie League

Doc Robinson

Boz Scaggs

Nancy Wilson

The National

From DJ Grumpy Grandma 

Kind of along the lines of Michael T.’s playlist for this week, but much lazier, I present something I could never actually play on the radio: over an hour of the best DEVO tracks reinterpreted Percy “Thrills” Thrillington style — MUZAK! I’ve been loving these tracks, and I hope you will too (I think you will, as long as you’re not Chrissie Hynde, my fellow person in a female bodied avatar from the northeast OH 330-area code region who does NOT like muzak)!