I know jack shit about raggae, but I know I like a lot of it from listening to Radio K’s outstanding raggae and ska show, Rude Radio. What I like tends to be old stuff, and I know there are very specific names for some of the genres, but I’m totally ignorant of nearly all of them.
One of Pandora’s strengths is as a teaching tool. For example, I was curious about the current state of metal after reading some reviews of an upcoming Mastodon show, so I created a Pandora station with some of the bands that were purportedly “bringing metal back”, like The Sword, Priestess, Early Man, and Wolfmother. Within a half hour I had a very good idea of what was going on with metal.
For the raggae station I started with Bob Marley and Toots and the Maytals as my inputs, and I’m just seeing where that leads me. One thing will lead to another, and if I keep listening and rating, I’ll have a real good idea of what I like and what I don’t. There is a rich history and large catalogue of music to discover, which is kind of nice for those times when I feel like I’m just not hearing anything new.
That said, I’m only going to capture a few genres with my inputs of Marley and Toots and the Maytals. Any other suggestions from Pipeline People? I prefer things from the 60’s and 70’s, but will input anything for awhile and see what comes up.