About GRR

Brian and Dan in the studio

Brian Brown and Dan Gjelten

When we began Great River Radio (on November 15, 2006) this is how we introduced ourselves and described what we were trying to do:

We are two guys for whom music is essential to the way we experience the world on a daily basis – it’s about people and relationships, love and faith, brokenness, grace, redemption;  it’s work and food and it’s hunger and satisfaction, it is about conflict and rebellion, peace, poetry, art and energy; it is Saturday night and Sunday morning.

We are going to focus on good songwriting and real instruments played by real people.  We are also going to surprise, because the world is surprising.

Something that Warren Zevon said about why he writes might apply here as well:

‘People write because the world strikes them as being a marvelous place, and they want to keep bringing that to everybody’s attention.  You know, a scary place, a menacing place, an exciting place because it’s scary and menacing.  but mainly, kind of glorious.’

That’s how we feel about music.

In the years since that evening, we’ve produced well over 100 Great River Radio shows.  Many have been very carefully planned around certain themes – guilty pleasures, ghosts and saints, road music, movie music, summer, fathers and sons, love.  And there have been our Social Justice Awareness Week shows, in which we’ve highlighted music and information around issues of importance to our society: work, the health of the river, food, criminal justice.  More shows have just happened – we’ve met in the studio a few minutes before the show began, got out our ipods and started playing music, not sure where the evening would go.  Some of those shows have pleased us the most – the serendipitous blending of the music of the preceding week, coming together out of two guys’ experience and somehow making sense.

You can catch us live on Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m. CST via KUST at www.kustradio.com