Past Episodes

 

 
 
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EP.51-HEADING BACKSTAGE WITH TWIDDLE

The first of our High Sierra Music Festival interviews brings us backstage with Twiddle! We talk about how one stays healthy (or not) while you're touring constantly, how the right woman can change your world, making music with your best friends, and how they found their way out of the darkness and into the positive vibrations of music and light!

For tour info and news head over to twiddlemusic.com

And... check out the new release 'Plump (Chapters 1 & 2) on Apple Music or anywhere you stream or download your tunes!

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EP.52-BREATHING DEEP WITH JOE MOORE FROM PSYCHEDELICS TODAY PODCAST

Joe Moore, Host of Psychedelics Today Podcast,  hangs out with us and discusses his journey into the realm of Holotropic Breathwork. He gives us an education on Dr. Stanaslaf Graf,  the methods and meaning of these techniques, why he personally gravitated to breathwork as a healing method, the means of the inner revolution, and how we need to still have fun while taking psychedelics. 

Check out Psychedelics Today Podcast on Apple Podcasts and anywhere you find your podcast joy!

Head over to Breckenridge Breathwork if you're in the area...

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EP.53-FINDING 'IT' WITH JAZZ IS PHSH

The next episode from our time at High Sierra Music Festival with Jazz Is PHSH! We talk about the origins of the band and what its like to recreate Phish's music from the inside out, finding the elusive 'it', music as a language, and how the spirit of Jazz lead to the 'jam', and a whole lot more! 

JAZZ IS PHSH is an instrumental tribute to Phish inspired by the popular tribute to The Grateful Dead, “Jazz is Dead”. JAZZ IS PHSH is a collective of prominent musicians from the Jazz and Jam scenes that have come together in their appreciation of Phish music to reimagine Phish in an instrumental, jazz fusion setting! The arrangements and performances of the band are built around their upcoming album which will feature many amazing musicians including Dennis Chambers (Santana, Miles Davis, Parliament Funkadelic), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, The Flecktones), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Giant Country Horns, Cosmic Crewe), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio Band), Grant Green Jr. (Groove Masters), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band), & many more!

Founded in 2015 by The Chase Brothers, Adam Chase and Matthew Chase, JAZZ IS PHSH has quickly become a world renown tribute to Phish, attracting some of the most influential musicians in the jazz and jam scenes to take part in this collective approach to paying tribute to one of the most important and influential bands in Rock and Roll history.

Check out Jazz Is PHSH at jazzisphish.com for tour dates, music, and info!

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EP.54-PASSING THE RUSS LIQUID TEST

Continuing our High Sierra Music Festival interviews with The Russ Liquid Test!!! An interview filled with spider bites, learning that we all 'suck', electronic music dissolving boundaries, how the Grateful Dead are infused in so much today, and a bunch more. These cats are a fun bunch to talk to and I know you all are gonna dig this candid interview!

Check out The Russ Liquid Test online HERE for tour news, merch, and a ton more!

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EP.55-NEAL CASAL TAKES US AROUND THE SUN

Continuing our High Sierra Music Festival interviews with the one and only Neal Casal!!! We sit down with this legendary master of the groove and talk about what it's like to create 5 hours of original music on the fly... and then be asked to do it again, walking the line between playing someone's music and doing something new that feels familiar, and a whole lot more.

Circles Around The Sun explore new horizons on the band's upcoming double album, Let It Wander. It's the first new music from the quartet since their acclaimed 2015 debut, Interludes For The Dead.

LET IT WANDER will be available August 17 on CD for $24.98. A limited-edition vinyl version of the double album will be released the same day for $39.98. All of the music will be available via digital download and streaming services.

Guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall (his bandmate in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood), bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy recorded seven instrumentals for LET IT WANDER earlier this year at Castaway 7 Studios in California.

Originally, Circles Around the Sun (CATS) was only supposed to record some Grateful Dead-influenced instrumentals to be played during the set breaks at the Dead's "Fare Thee Well" concerts. But the response was so positive, and the band was having so much fun making music together, that they all agreed to keep it going.

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EP.56-WELCOMING BILLY CRAMER HOME

Musician Billy Cramer comes to Casa De Schapladay and spends some time with the No SimpleRoad Crew. We sit down on The Porch with Billy and his amazing Wife Diana and talk about his journey into sobriety, paying his dues in the music business,  his experiences with The Grateful Dead, how small things can sprout into wonderful and massive experiences, and his new album 'Baileyana'. This one is super personal and special for us. I know you will all dig it!

This Brother is one of The Family folks so let's support him and show him some love!!!!

Check out Billy Cramer's new album 'Baileyana' on Bandcamp

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EP 57-SOMETHIN'S SHAKIN' WITH SHAKEDOWN SKREET

Meme master Shakedown Skreet joins the No Simple Road Crew this week! We spend some time talking about how he found The Grateful Dead, his path to finding sobriety, Phish, and his process for finding the next great Deadhead meme. This is one of those insightful and funny interviews we know you're gonna dig! Make sure to follow @shakedown_skreet on Instagram!

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EP 58-HEADING INTO DEEP WATERS WITH REED MATHIS

Our final High Sierra Music Festival interview is with the incredible Reed Mathis. After cutting his teeth in Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Tea Leaf Green, bassist extraordinaire Reed Mathis established himself in the Grateful Dead world with membership in Billy & The Kids, The Rhythm Devils, Mickey Hart Band, Steve Kimock Band and the Golden Gate Wingmen. 
We talk backstage with Reed about his view of Beethoven, finding balance, staying inspired, and giving everything you have to The Muse. This is an insightful and especially deep interview you won't want to miss.

Head over to reedmathis.com for tour news, music, and info!!!

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EP 59-ON THE FREAK FARM WITH ROSS JAMES

Bearded Guitar Wizard Ross James is our guest this week on No Simple Road. Ross is one of the busiest humans in the Grateful Dead Family with his playing in Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Cosmic Twang, his solo music career, and working as a man behind the scenes at Terrapin Crossroads just to name a few! We talk about his surreal journey leading to where he's at now, his part in putting together the 'Fare Thee Well' shows, rafting down a river in Idaho, and musical Shamanism..... stay tuned after the interview for a live recording of the first set of Cosmic Twang here in Portland!

Check out Ross James' new album FREAK FARM on Apple Music or wherever you stream or download your music!

Head over to www.rossjamesmusic.com for tour dates, news, merch and info!!!!

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EP 60-GONE PHISHING: GORGE & DICK'S RECAP

The No Simple Road Crew spends some time talking about the recent trips to see Phish at The Gorge and Dick's! We took a long while getting this one together. A total of almost 5 weeks between takes to get it all in there. We take you through our individual trips and our collective mind throughout the amazing nights we spent seeing Phish.

It has been one hell of an amazing Summer and this is a small dose of some of the things that went down over the past few weeks with us. There's a lot here and we know you're gonna dig it!

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EP 61-AN AUDIENCE WITH THE KING OF THE ROYAL POTATO FAMILY: KEVIN CALABRO

Kevin Calabro is the man behind the publicity for so many amazing artists! Marco Benevento, Reed Mathis, Howlin' Rain, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Decker, and Circles Around The Sun.... just to name a few... We hung out and talked about starting his own record label 'Royal Potato Family', the true mission of a Publicist, his journey into finding the groove, and the personal realization of how important this music is to all of us (plus a whole lot more)! This cat is a Soul Brother from the word "Go" and I know you all will really dig hearing from him. 

Head over to: www.royalpotatofamily.com to check out the artists, music, news, videos, and merch!

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EP 62-DIGGING UP THE ROOTS WITH DALE DREILING

Artist Dale Dreiling is our guest this week on No Simple Road! This wizard of Graphic Design takes us through his roots in the Punk Rock scene of Ventura into his experiences in finding the music that has shaped our lives with the Grateful Dead, what it means when what you love finds the ‘main stream, breaking into the ranks of the Graphic Design world, the overlap of the Punk Rock ethos and the Grateful Dead, and a whole lot more!!!

You can check out Dale’s work on Instagram at: @daledreiling

Or head over to see his portfolio and info at: daledreiling.com

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EP 63-UNMASKING MAPACHE WITH SAM & CLAY

Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch of Mapache and Grateful Shred often gather around a single microphone to capture their songs live in a take or two at most. On the road, they begin charming audiences instantly, captivating crowds with their mesmerizing harmonies and intricate guitar work from the very first notes. This week they've gathered with us backstage at Mississippi Studios before their show here in Portland and we talk about the beginnings of Mapache, how they met, how they got turned on to the Grateful Dead, and how to properly share a burger with your Brother!

Check out more at mapachesounds.com

And listen to the EP 'Lonesome L.A. Cowboy' on Apple Music or anywhere you stream or download your tunes.

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EP 64-CLIMBING UP THE RABBIT HOLE WITH COMEDIAN SHANE MAUSS

Comedian, Host of the 'Here We Are' Podcast, and psychedelic traveler of time and space Shane Mauss joins the No Simple Road Crew as our guest this week! Shane spent some time with us talking about integrating his myriad psychedelic experiences, some practical advice on how to come down from the mountaintop, who the 'God Of Farts' actually is, and so much more I'd be summarizing all afternoon.

Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up” at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan. Since that time, he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, Comedy Central 'Presents' and 'This Is Not Happening'. For over a decade he has been headlining shows all over the world.

Shane has also been a guest on podcasts such as You Made It Weird, Marc Maron's WTF, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, The Joe Rogan Experience, Never Not Funny, Bertcast, TOFOP, Crabfeast, and Keith and The Girl. He also travels the country interviewing scientists about the meanings of life for his own podcast 'Here We Are'. We are extremely honored and grateful to have him as our guest! I know you're gonna dig this one!

Head over to shanemauss.com for tour dates, news and info…

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EP 65-GROOVIN’ ON THE LOVEFORCE WITH AARON FROM @AARONS_PICKS

Aaron S. from @aarons_picks on Instagram hangs out with us this week on No Simple Road. Not only do he and Aaron share names and initials with each other but we find out so much more about this thoughtful, intentional, and creative being! We learn that life is too short for 6's and 7's, how Aaron runs his own Organic/Vegan food company, why he creates those amazing and inspirational IG videos, why people love to watch someone dance and a list of things too long for this space! Strap in and get ready for some deep and fun conversation!

Head over to @aarons_picks on Instagram

Check out his amazing food at www.loveforce.net

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EP 66-PUTTING ON THE TIN FOIL HAT WITH COMEDIAN SAM TRIPOLI

Comedian Sam Tripoli comes and spends some time with the No Simple Road Crew. We take a journey through the land of conspiracy theories and the major issues we're facing. Sam is the Host of The Tin Foil Hat Podcast and a headliner comedian. There's a ton going on in his head and this is a perfect snapshot of the landscape swirling in that grey matter.

Check out the Tin Foil Hat Podcast on Apple Podcasts or anywhere you get your podcast joy.

For tour info news and booking head over to www.samtripoli.com

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EP 67-FREAK FAMILY VIBRATIONS WITH CHUCK AND CLAIRE FROM RAVEN'S REELS ALMANAC

You're in for a treat this week with Chuck & Claire from Raven's Reels Almanac! Our Sister and Brother tell the magickal story of love, healing, and their journey into the inner nebula of the CRB Family of fabulous freaks! From loneliness and the depths of despair these two cosmic beings found the way into each other's lives and now work tirelessly to spread the vibrations of love and light to the rest of us! Enjoy the ride this week Family!

Head over to ravensreelsalmanac.net for the catalog of CRB performances, merch, stories and a ton more!

To get ahold of one of Claire's magical dream manifestation devices go to @craftshaman_ on IG!

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EP 68-CAPTURING THE MAGICK WITH DANIEL SHAPIRO

Photographer Daniel Shapiro joins us this week! We dive into this beautiful mind and swim around a bit and find out what made him take on the Dead Dispatch fanzine project, what makes him want to capture those intimate moments at the shows we all love, how he sees a crossover between religion and The Grateful Dead, why he photographically documents his life, and why Matzoh Ball Soup and Lot Grilled Cheese are the perfect match.

Get ready to want to grab your camera and document your life after this episode Family!

Check out Dead Dispatch and grab some stickers at https://deaddispatch.bigcartel.com/

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EP 69 - ALMOST DEAD IN THE GHOST LIGHT WITH TOMMY HAMILTON

Songwriter, musician, and producer, Tommy Hamilton is our guest this week! Best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the bands Brothers PastAmerican BabiesJoe Russo's Almost DeadGhost Light, Bill Kreutzmann's Billy & the Kids, and Electron, Tommy spends some time talking to us about staying sane with a busy schedule, the creative process, what olde Tommy has learned from younger Tommy, what drives him to stretch himself creatively, his new band Ghost Light, and what it’s like to play in Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.

Head over to ghostlightband.com for tour news, merch and info and check out joerussosalmostdead.com for all the latest on their tour and info.

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EP 70 - MEET OUR BEER LOVING DOUBLES: FEAR OF A CRAFT BEER PLANET

The guys from ‘Fear Of A Craft Beer Planet’ hang out on The Porch with The Crew this week! We share our origin stories in podcasting, talk about the weird similarities between our lives, and get into a spirited conversation regarding the last Dead & Company tour, and a whole lot more! This is one of las Summer’s ‘Lost’ episodes. Grab a cold one and get ready Family…this one will have ya laughing for sure!

Check out Fear Of A Craft Beer Planet on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, at https://fearofacraftbeerplanet.simplecast.fm/ or anywhere you stream you podcasts.

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EP 71 - THE SUPERCONDUCTOR: PRODUCER/DIRECTOR JERRY SCHAFER

This is an extremely special episode everyone! The man responsible for my incarnation and the way I grew up, my Pop, Jerry Schafer joins us this week! This is the definition of a renaissance man… Producer/Writer/Director/Stunt Man/Quick Draw/Entertainment Director of Vegas hotels… he’s done it all. Not to mention raising a group of psychedelic warriors and keeping it all flowing. We talk about his life and his experiences as a young man in Old Vegas, raising crazy sons, and what it means to follow your dreams. You really do not wanna miss this!

 
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EP 72 - GOIN DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ RAD WITH ERICA & TIM FROM @THRIVINGINTIEDYE

Tim & Erica from @thrivingintiedye are our special guests this week! These two amazing humans rolled through Portland, came to see Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and then spent the weekend hanging out with the NSR Crew! We talk about how once in a while the things that seem like the worst possible situation can become the very thing we needed, their journey from EDM music into the world of The Grateful Dead, Phish, and jam band music, what it's like traveling in a small space with the person you love the most, and a whole bunch more. Spend a little bit of time with the Family and give it a listen!!!

 
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EP 73 - A GRAND NEW MEMBER OF THE NO SIMPLE ROAD FAMILY

On 11/11/2018 (2+0+1+8=11) our Grandson, Jasper Hazel Leven Winn, incarnated into this plane of existence. We talk to our Daughter and Son-In-Law, Sydney and Adam, about the whole experience from their perspective, what it's like to bring a baby into this oddball Family, recap the whole night of the Big Event, chat about how this will affect the lives of Sydney's acting and Adam's music, and discuss the merits of reading Tarot cards while in the throes of a 26 hour labor! This is an extra special, extremely personal, and totally monumental episode for all of us!

Check out the new Mommy's IG @syderoni

Head over to swimmmusic.com or @swimmmusic on IG to check out the amazing music this little baby's Pops is creating!

 
 

EP 74 - SOMETHING PHISHY WITH OUR NEW AMIGO MIKE FINOIA

Comedian, Writer, and Amigos Podcast Host Mike Finoia is our guest this week! We talk about his journey to becoming an extremely successful Stand-Up Comic, how he came to host a comedy/music Podcast, his weird dreams, his love of Phish, never getting to see the Grateful Dead, and being the last one to actually interview Ken Kesey plus a whole universe of other topics.

Follow him on Twitter @mikefinoia

Check out his Podcast ‘Amigos’ RIGHT HERE on the Osiris Network!

For all his stand-up tour dates, news, and info head to: www.mikefinoia.com

 
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EP 75 - THE WIZARD COMES TO THE PORCH: ADAM MACDOUGALL OF THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD & CIRCLES AROUND THE SUN

Merry Freakmas and Happy Holidaze from the NSR Family! The one and only Wizard of the Keyboards, Adam MacDougall, joins the No Simple Road Crew on the porch to discuss all of his magickal exploits such as Circles Around The Sun, The Chris Robison Brotherhood and all the rest! We talk about his love of Funkadelic, creating 5 hours of new music for Fare Thee Well on the fly, joining The Black Crowes and then Chris Robinson Brotherhood, mimosas and laundry, and so much more I can’t get it all into a single paragraph!

Head over to chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com for all things Chris Robinson Brotherhood such as tour dates, merch, and info!

And go to circlesaroundthesun.com for tour info, news, merch and more!

**PHOTO CREDIT: @joncornickimages

 
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EP 76 - WHAT A LONG STANGE TRIP ITS BEEN: A 2018 RECAP AND RETROPSECTIVE

The road’s been long and strange in 2018! So much has happened in such a short amount of time! We take a walk down memory lane in this Year’s End episode of No Simple Road and recap all of the guests and experiences that have served to make this an incredibly unique and special year.

As we head into the New Year Melanie, Apple, Ryder, Darwin and Aaron want to thank all of you, the No Simple Road Family, for coming with us on this journey and for making it possible for us to dig deeper into the music, the scene, and for giving us the opportunity to continue doing this thing we are passionate about! We love y’all!!! Enjoy the ride!

 
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EP 77 - UNDER A BULLFROG MOON

Barnaby from Bullfrog Moon joins the No Simple Road Crew this week to talk about creating a band that covers the greats like Phish, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, The Doors, & The Allman Brothers. This is a hard working tribute band playing the North Carolina Brewery scene and we dig into how family is at the center of all of what they do, the experience of playing the music that makes us shake and groove, the beauty of having the music play the band, and a whole lot more! Another member of the No Simple Road Family comes to The Porch!

For info on where Bullfrog Moon will be playing head over to their Facebook Page 

Follow them on Instagram @bullfrog_moon 


 
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EP 78 - SOME PODCAST…. TO GET TO TERRAPIN: NSR & THE HIGGS LIVE AT TERRAPIN CROSSROADS

This is a landmark episode for the No Simple Road Crew! Our first live podcast and it’s from the legendary Terrapin Crossroads with our Brothers The Higgs! The Porch moves to the stage in the bar at TxR as we talk to John, Garrett, David, and Jessie about how they came together as a band, breaking down on the road, manifestation and maintaining a positive attitude, magic doors, what it feels like to be coming up. Stay tuned after the interview for the entire live performance by The Higgs!

Go to: www.thehiggsmusic.com for tour info. merch, music downloads and more!!!

 
PHOTO CREDIT: Stuart Levine

PHOTO CREDIT: Stuart Levine

 

EP 79 - SPEAKING WITH THE COLONEL AND THE MERMAIDS: ALEX KOFORD

Alex Koford of Colonel and the Mermaids & Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band joins us this week on No Simple Road! We talk about his band Colonel and the Mermaids, growing up on the inside of the Grateful Dead Family, following the fun, the connection between psychedelics and music, how he got the nickname ‘The Colonel’, and a whole bunch more!

Head over to colonelandthemermaids.com for upcoming show info and news and stay tuned for his upcoming single “Out of Here” everywhere music streams.

Also check out terrapinfamilyband.com for their tour info, news, and more!

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Photo: @dano_Spumoni Vibe Video & Photo

EP 80 - OUR COFFEE GETS HEAVY - A MORNING ON THE PORCH

This one wasn’t planned. Sometimes in life the most beautiful things come out of events that we had absolutely no idea were going to occur. Stuff get’s real this morning as Alex and Aaron sit down for some early morning coffee and smoke and quickly realize they needed to be recording what they were discussing. Not long after Ryder joins the mix and drops some heavy stuff on them. This is a live therapy session with the No Simple Road Crew, unedited, raw, unfiltered, and real. We hope you dig it.

If you’re ever in need of an ear to bend always remember that this is a Family and we are all here for each other… you can email us a nosimpleroad@gmail.com or head over to our REDDIT for some love from your Brothers and Sisters.

 
Logo by: Chrisptophe Marchal @hairofthewolf

Logo by: Chrisptophe Marchal @hairofthewolf

 

EP 81 - INTEGRATION, MOVE ME BRIGHTLY: DANIEL SHANKIN OF TAM INTEGRATION

Tam Integration is a simple and sweet community group founded with the intention of offering psychedelic integration events and spiritual support in Marin County and the rest of the bay area and it’s founder, Daniel Shankin, joins us this week on No Simple Road! We started this one as a conversation about Daniel’s journey and soon the whole thing transformed into an impromptu Psychedelic Circle. You’ll get a look at what’s happening behind closed doors at this Circle and many others like it across the country. Daniel is a kind, thoughtful, funny, and patient Circle leader and I know you’re going to dig this one!

Check out Tam Integration online for info and where and when the next Circle is being held.

Also head over to sitaramdas.com to find out more about Daniel’s applied mindfulness coaching and training.