Past Episodes

 

 
 
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EP.35-DYING THE DEAD WITH JEREMY ST.REBEL OF JAMMIN' ON TIE DYE STUDIO

Jeremy St.Rebel drops by to talk the to the NSR Crew about his incredible journey from selling shirts in the lot at the Vegas Dead shows in the '90's to having a successful business, putting on Tie Dye fashion shows, meeting his heroes, and having Oteil walk down his runways!

Check out Jeremy's work at: jamminon.com

and on Instagram @jamminontiedyestudio

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EP.36-HAVING OUR FACES MELTED BY UMPHREY'S MCGEE-TRIP REPORT/SHOW RECAP

Umphrey's McGee played the Crystal Ballroom here in Portland and we were lucky enough to be there! The No Simple Road Crew recaps the night's festivities with a talk about dancing bears, trees with different fruit, expanding our musical interests, and basically enjoys the afterglow of an evening having our faces melted right the hell off!

Check Out the new album "It's Not Us" on Apple Music Google Play Music or where ever you stream or download your tunes.

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EP.37-NO SIMPLE GREYHOUNDS

Greyhounds join us for a talk about a band coming from a Craig's List ad, wearing different clothes, where the inspiration comes from, being open to new experience and a whole bunch more. We had a blast talking to them and I think you'll dig hearing what they have to say.

Check out the new Greyhounds Album "Cheyenne Valley Drive" on: Apple Music

Google Play Music or wherever you steam or download your tunes!

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EP.38-COMIN' AROUND WITH NOLA DEADHEAD

Alex (@noladeadhead) hangs out with the No Simple Road Crew and we dig into how he came into the family from an unexpected avenue, how a concert is actually the original social media, what its like to be recognized for your work, and his experience at his first Dead & Company show. This was a fun interview that could, honestly, have gone all night!

Check out his work at:

@noaldeadhed on Instagram

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EP.39-UNCOVERING THE MYSTERY WITH AUTHOR JASON LOUV

Bestselling Author Jason Louv joins the No Simple Road Crew this week for an in depth look at his new book 'John Dee and the Empire of Angels' as well as discussion about how psychedelics and Magick go together, the history behind his personal work, how certain books are 'alive' and a ton more. This is a heady talk and one that lies very close to the heart of NSR.

Check out the new Bestseller at: www.johndee007.com
To learn more about Jason visit: www.jasonlouv.com
And for Jason's online school of Magick check out: magick.me

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EP.40-FINDING THE HIDDEN PARTICLE WITH THE HIGGS GUITARIST JOHN LOVERO

Cosmic California has produced some amazing musicians and The Higgs guitarist John Lovero is among that number. He joins the No Simple Road Crew and talks to us about his first psychedelic experience, deciding that music is life, and what it means to give all you have to listening for the secret and searching for the sound!

Check out The Higgs EP 'Change' on iTunes wherever you stream or download music!

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EP.41-GETTING ON THE BUS WITH ONLINE CERMAICS

The No Simple Road Family hangs out with Elijah Funk and Alix Ross from Online Ceramics. We talk about the genesis of their friendship, what it's like to change the aesthetic of The Grateful Dead, being the outcast, and how the whole scene is opening up to accept a new generation of Deadheads.

Check out their work on Instagram: @onlineceramics

Head over to their website online-ceramics.com to grab your shirts for Summer Tour.

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EP.42-JUMPING INTO THE CLEAR LAKE WITH BROTHER HAWK

Brother Hawk joins the No Simple Road Crew this week coupled with the release of their new album 'The Clear Lake'! JB and Nick spend some time with us talking about the invaluable support of family, the genesis of Brother Hawk, what it feels like to be in the groove, what its like to be gaining popularity and a whole lot more. 

Check out the new album 'The Clear Lake'

Follow them on Instagram @brotherhawkatl

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EP.43-THE VIEW FROM THE SKIES AS THE CROW FLIES: TRIP REPORT & SHOW RECAP

The No Simple Road Crew takes you inside their journey to see As The Crow Flies at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. We go deep on this one and cover a ton of ground... topics on The Porch this week include not using Patchouli for body odor, recognizing one's potential for greatness, the wonder of watching a master at work, our take on the ATCF show, and a whole bunch more. These post concert trip reports/recaps are personal and deep. I think you'll enjoy!

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EP.44-DEEP ELLUM TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE CHILLDREN OF INDIGO

The Chilldren of Indigo are our guest on The Porch this week! Our conversation dives deep into the origin story of The Indigo Tribe, starting a 'movement', synchronicity creating our path, choosing your family and being a tribe, psychedelics changing our perspective, and a whole lot more. These cats are the next generation of psychedelic explorers bringing their own brand of strangeness, positive vibration, and love to the world!

Check out the new album 'Keepers of the Fire' on Apple Music or anywhere you stream or download music. And head on over to their YouTube channel and give em some love!

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EP.45-I KNOW YOU RYDER

This is a special episode! The only member of the No Simple Road Crew finally tells his story! Only he can bring you into his world in his special way. We cover how he ended up in Portland with the Family, his first Grateful Dead show and what happened to him that night, and the No Simple Road that has lead up to the point of starting this show and becoming integral is its rise from baby-podcastdom. This is a genuinely sweet hearted human being, Family, and you'll enjoy hearing his tale.

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EP.46-DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE WITH THE HIGHERSIDE CHATS HOST GREG CARLWOOD

This week we delve deep into the world of conspiracy theories with The Higherside Chats Podcast Host Greg Carlwood. We get into psychedelics and the CIA, Greg's journey with Salvia, the lame practices of YouTube, and how to stay sane while heading down the rabbit hole of conspiracies. There's a ton here to unpack and I'm sure you guys are gonna dig this one.

Check out The Higherside Chats on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Head over to thehighersidechats.com to check out his archive and highersideclothing.comfor the amazing shirts!

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EP.47-SENTIMENTAL WITH SWIMM

The No Simple Road Family is growing! SWIMM Drummer Adam is the Father of my soon-to-be Grandbaby! We have the whole SWIMM Tribe on to discuss psychedelics as a catalyst for creativity, their new album 'Sentimental Porno', how friendship is the basis for the band, and how having a little one in the mix will affect the dynamics. This is a special Father's Day episode of No Simple Road folks!!!

Check out the new album 'Sentimental Porno' on Apple Music or anywhere you stream or download your tunes.

Head over to www.swimmmusic.com for all their tour dates, news, and info.

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EP.48-INTO THE MYSTIC WITH JAKE WEAVER

This week's guest is Jake Weaver. Jake has spent quite a while navigating the scene we all call home and has some extremely interesting information he's acquired through his travels. We spent the afternoon talking about how we handled the world after Jerry Garcia left this incarnation, being 'drafted' by The Grateful Dead, the energy field of psychedelics and poking through the dimensions, and so much more I'd be here all day tryin' to get it all in here! It's a heady 3 hour deep dive into our culture and the scene.

Hello, World!

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EP.49-GETTIN SILLY WITH DEAN SOTILLE

Grateful Dean Sotille joins us on The Porch this week for a little chat! We talk about his early years of getting on the bus with The Grateful Dead, his rise to Blog Stardom, his past in the darkness, meeting Oteil and Peter Shapiro, and a whole lot more! If you enjoy smiling and laughing from the belly.... well... this is your episode!

Check out his YouTube channel: Grateful Dean YouTube

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EP.50-A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER WITH HOWLIN RAIN FRONTMAN ETHAN MILLER

Howlin' Rain Frontman Ethan Miller hangs out with the No Simple Road Crew.  We talk about the creative process, being aware of who is out there listening,  the path that the Grateful Dead have blazed, and the beauty of a much maligned drug. We recorded this live at Mississippi Studios here in Portland and take you to the show with us after the interview.

Check out the new album: 'The Alligator Bride' on iTunes or anywhere you stream or download tunes.

Head over to howlinrain.com for tour dates, info, and some badass merch!

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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!!!