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No Simple Road is the OFFICIAL podcast of Skull & ROses Festival

Come join The No Simple Road Crew and the rest of our great big family of fabulous freaks and beautiful humans at Skull & Roses Fest! 3 days on the beach at the Ventura County Fairgrounds/Raceway, April 5th, 6th, & 7th! This is going to be a weekend filled with music, art, community, and more music! We’re gonna be there for the entire 3 days podcasting, interviewing, and gettin’ down. This is the only Festival of its kind in existence that highlights the musical legacy of The Band Beyond Description, The Grateful Dead! We’re honored to be a part of this year’s fest and hope that all of you can come and join us there for a real good time!!!

Upcoming Events

Below is a list of the events and interviews we have coming up. If you're in the area or feel like taking a trip come cut a rug with the No Simple Road Crew and meet The Family!

Newest episodes

Phot by: Marc Lacatell

Phot by: Marc Lacatell

Ep 89 - breaking the barriers with the legendary john medeski

We had the honor of spending some time with John discussing his evolution in music, what it’s like to create utterly improvisational music in, and for, the moment, music as prayers and the sacred nature of sound, the difference between producing music and playing it, his new album with Mad Skillet, and a whole lot more.

Equally comfortable behind a Steinway grand piano, Hammond organ or any number of vintage keyboards, John Medeski is a highly sought after improviser and band leader whose projects range from work with John Zorn, The Word (Robert Randolph, North Mississippi Allstars), Phil Lesh, Don Was, John Scofield, Coheed & Cambria, Susana Baca, Sean Lennon, Marc Ribot, Irma Thomas, Blind Boys of Alabama, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more. Classically trained, Medeski grew up in Ft.Lauderdale, FL where as a teenager he played with Jaco Pastorius before heading north to attend the New England Conservatory. He released his first solo piano record, A Different Time, on Sony’s Okeh Records in 2013, and current projects include a new album in the works with his band MadSkillet (Terrence Higgins, Kirk Joseph, Will Bernard), and HUDSON (a collaboration with Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield & Larry Grenadier), plus a documentary on Medeski Martin & Wood.

Make sure to check out all of johnmedeski.com for tour news, merch, and more info.

Listen to Mad Skillet on iTunes or anywhere you stream or download your tunes!

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Ep 88 - the magick of family with comedian duncan trussell

Comedian and fellow podcaster Duncan Trussell returns to The Porch this week! As you can imagine, the conversation took on a life of its own as we discussed Duncan’s Son, childbirth, epigenetic memory, porch-wide orgasm, creating a tax for being kind and love tokens, and what it means to listen with your entire body. We all came away from this conversation feeling high and extremely awake and I know you’ll come away with some new insights into your trip through this mortal coil.

You can check our more of Duncan on his Podcast, ‘The Duncan Trussell Family Hour’ and head over to duncantrussel.com for his stand up dates, merch, and past episodes of the DTFH!

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We spend some time talking with Tim from The Mother Hips about his new solo album “Sorta Surviving’, the accident and how its affected his music and his life, playing at Terrapin Crossroads, coming to grips with one’s mortality, and a whole lot more. This is one of those conversations that’ll make you think.

Tim Bluhm began his musical journey while studying at Chico State, where he co-founded the now-iconic Mother Hips, a group the San Francisco Chronicle has hailed as “one of the Bay Area’s most beloved live outfits.” Performing at frat parties quickly gave way to club shows, regional touring, and national buzz, and before they’d graduated from school, Bluhm and his bandmates were signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings on the strength of their debut album, ‘Back To The Grotto.’ Over the ensuing two-and-a-half decades, Bluhm would release eight more studio albums with the band as they cemented their status as architects of a new breed of California soul and earned a reputation as festival and critical favorites, sharing bills with everyone from Johnny Cash and Wilco to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes along the way. Rolling Stone called them “divinely inspired,” while Pitchfork praised their “rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop," and The New Yorker lauded their ability to “sing it sweet and play it dirty.”


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