Past Episodes

 

 
 

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!

 

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...

 

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!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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

 

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!

 

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!!!

 

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!!!!

 

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!

 

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!

 

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

 

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.

 

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…

 

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

 

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

 

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!

 

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/

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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!!!

 

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

 

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!

 

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 

 

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!!!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

EP 82 - THE WOLFMAN ON THE PORCH: BRANDON WENERD OF BROBIBLE AND WOLFMAN WHISKERS

This week’s episode is an amazing moment captured in time when Aaron realizes that he’s talking to two of his favorite people in one package! Brandon Wenerd, co-founder of Brobible and creator of Wolfman Whiskers takes us on a journey through his mind and his creative process of discovery. We talk about the inception of helping to create a digital dynasty juggernaut in Brobile and how alchemy and personal grooming came together to manifest Wolfman Whiskers. This is a sweet, happy, fun-loving Brother who has packed a ton of experience into his life on this planet. You’re gonna dig this one!

Check out BroBible.com for products and stories to make your life more chill.

and don’t forget to keep your beard from gettin’ weird with some Wolfman Whiskers!

 

EP 83 - GETTIN TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER WITH CRAIG MARSHALL FROM CUBENSIS

Guitarist Craig Marshall from Cubensis stops by to talk about his journey into the world of the Grateful Dead and having the music play the band. Since 1987, Los Angeles-based band Cubensis has carried the torch in celebration of one of America’s most beloved touring bands, the Grateful Dead. Cubensis sets out to re-create the Grateful Dead experience by emulating the spirit of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and the rest of the legendary San Francisco jam band. Cubensis plays complete shows covering all eras of the Grateful Dead, and no night is ever the same. Cubensis is far more than just your standard cover band as they bring the magic and sounds to those longing for the live vibe that only the Grateful Dead was able to deliver.

We talk about the magick of the music and its lasting resonance in the world, having the music choose you to be a part of the ride, tapping into the spiritual flow, and a tone more! This a a heartfelt, sweet, and revealing look at one of the founding members of one of the most celebrated Grateful Dead tribute bands. You're gonna dig it!!!

For band info, tour news, and merch head over to : www.cubensis.com

 

EP 84 - GETTIN’ LOVED DOWN AT LOVE YOU DOWN - SWIMM, SEGO, & THE GOLDEN SUNS

This week we’re takin you with us on a trip to L.A to Love You Down! You’ll hang out backstage as we interview Swimm, Sego, and The Golden Suns as well as get to hear some of each band’s set over the two night extravaganza!

Love You Down is the brainchild of Swimm and is what happens when you’re parties get too big to be contained. They’ve worked hard over the past 3 years making this bigger, more immersive, and to making sure that those in attendance feel the love. Come along with the NSR Crew and you’ll get an inside look at one of L.A’s most unique and incredible musical happenings!!!

Go to swimmmusic.com for tour news and info on SWIMM

Head over to: segosucks.com for all the happenings with SEGO

Truck on over to: goldensunsmusic.com for all their upcoming dates and info…

 

EP 85 - SAVING THE WORLD WITH ANDY FRASCO

Andy Frasco of Andy Frasco & The U.N. and Andy Fraso’s World Saving Podcast joins the No Simple Road Crew on The Porch for a morning filled with laughs, unexpected therapy, and creating connection. We talk candidly about addiction & getting it together, making choices based on what we think we’re supposed to do rather than what we want, Andy’s new album ‘Change Of Pace’, and why we are only just now finding out we should have been friends a long time ago.

Andy Frasco & the U.N.’s performances have been described as a "boisterous blend of harmonic funk and jazzy influences, all topped with boundless energy". Frasco frequently calls additional guest musicians to join his band on stage during sets, as well as fans. Shows are highly improvisational featuring impromptu “battles” between band members, who graciously hop off stage into the crowd to contest their instrumental fortitude against one another in a sporting display of individual musicianship.  Frasco's shows are also highly interactive, often stopping the show to speak directly to audience members, as well as invite people in the audience up on stage.

Do yourselves a favor and got to: andyfrasco.com for tour info, news, and merch and then go listen to Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast on Apple Podcasts or anywhere podcasts stream.

 

EP 86 - DIGGING UP OUR ROOTS WITH CANNABIS ACTIVIST DAVID ADAM KASAKOVE

This week’s episode is the product of letting the Freak Flag fly. Cannabis Activist and Psychedelic Warrior David Adam Kasakove joins us to tell his story. We talk about his life growing up with parents who had dropped out, working as a Cannabis Activist, the music of The Grateful Dead and its impact on his life, touring with The Band Beyond Description, and a whole ton more! This is one of those times when we collectively realized we were in the presence of one of our Freak Family elders. I know you are all going to really enjoy this conversation…

Instead of going to a website or learning more about this or that we ask that everyone out there take a moment to remember all of those that are still suffering or imprisoned behind the unjust and asinine laws of The War on Drugs and Cannabis Prohibition. This episode is dedicated to them!

 

EP 87 - DIGGIN’ DEEP WITH TIM BLUHM

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.”

 

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!

 

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!

 
 

EP 90 - FINDING JERRY’S MIDDLE FINGER

We caught caught up with the members of Jerry's Middle Finger just a couple weeks before we get to see them at the 3rd annual Skull & Roses Festival! With some of the strongest and most seasoned players and vocalists in the SoCal jam band community on their roster, they have been playing consistently to large audiences all over California, packing venues and getting rave reviews. We had the opportunity to talk about their band's formation, how the feminine energy keeps them in line, creating community with sound, the Skull & Roses experience, and a whole bunch more!

For show dates, news and info head over to :
jerrysmiddlefinger.com

EP 91 - SPONTANEOUSLY FUCKING SHIT UP WITH DEAD BOOTLEG!

This week’s episode is a testimony to the power of Instagram and creating connection through technology! Dane & Bronwyn, @deadbootleg, hit us up to let us know they were in town and stoped by for a visit to The Porch. We dug into their incredible story of leaving the ‘American Dream’ behind for adventure, the power of following your passions, dealing with depression and suicide prevention, and too many laughs and too much synchronicity. When it was all said and done we realized our Family had just grown!

Head over to @deadbootleg on Instagram to check out their work or deadbootleg.com to purchase some rad Grateful Dead inspired merch!

If you are dealing with the reality of suicidal thoughts or depression, please remember that you matter! Reach out and let someone give you a hand… call 1-800-273-8255

 
 

EP 92 - GROWING UP DEAD WITH CRIS JACOBS

When Cris Jacobs began dreaming about a follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2016 album Dust to Gold, he realized early on he'd have to do things differently this time around. His life had changed drastically since writing those songs: he'd toured extensively and attracted a legion of new, devoted fans; he'd come off the road into a world, with its divisive rhetoric and troubling headlines, he no longer recognized; and, most importantly, he'd gotten married and had his first child. Things had changed, and Jacobs had, too. The No Simple Road Crew spends some time talking with Cris about being a Dad, where is music comes from, growing up with Deadhead Parents, his $100 bet with his Dad, playing with Phil Lesh, and so much more!

For tour news, merch, and info head over to crisjacobs.com

 

EP 93 - TAKING THE TRIP TO SKULL & ROSES FESTIVAL: PART 1

No Simple Road was the ‘Official Podcast of Skull & Roses Festival’ this year and I feel like this did that title justice! Interviews, music, laughter, shenanigans, and more music are here for you. This is an audio documentary of our experience at this historic and incredible festival. At the 01:28:00 mark you’ll find our interview with the one and only Dennis McNally and at the 2:00:00 mark you’ll find a short backstage interview with the legendary Oteil Burbridge followed by a bit of his smokin’ set!

 

EP 94 - TAKING THE TRIP TO SKULL & ROSES FESTIVAL: PART 2

Our journey to Skull & Roses Festival continues with some commentary on the festival grounds, an interview with Rafael Salazar from Delta 89, the beginning of a solid trip, hanging out with John Lovero from The Higgs, a heavy talk with Claire from Raven’s Reels Almanac, and interview with Dept. from @trippershollow, story time with Big Steve Parish, some music with Zach Nugent’s Disco Dead, and a soulful and tear inducing ‘We Bid You Goodnight’ by Stu Allen & Mars Hotel! This wraps up our Skull & Roses Festival experience! Being the ‘Official’ Podcast has never been this much fun!

 

EP 95 - GOING DOWN THE ROAD WITH MILE 12

Nate from the Contemporary Bluegrass Band 'Mile 12' joins the No Simple Road Crew this week! This conversation was a real blast and we got into the similarities of playing music and meditation, humanizing tough topics through songwriting, coming to terms with not always feeling up to playing, the place of the spreadsheet in the life of a touring band, and a whole bunch more! Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant and we're stoked to bring them to you this week!.

Check them out over at: miletwelvebluegrass.com

And listen to the new album ‘City On A Hill’ on Apple Music and everywhere music streams!

 

EP 96 - UP HIGH WITH THE ALPINE CAMP

After a full day at Skull & Roses we had the pleasure of hanging out with Joel and Chris from The Alpine Camp at our AirBnB in Ventura. We sat around the kitchen table and talked about going through personal and musical transformations, what improvisation requires, what it feels like to get the feeling out into the music, and a whole bunch more!

Hit up their website www.thealpinecamp.com for our news, music downloads, merch, and info and check out the new live album 'Hybrid' on Apple Music and everywhere you purchase of stream your tunes!

 

Ep 97 - Getting it together with Dulaney & Company

Dulaney and Company is a Soulful, Americana, Rock band from Southern California. They are led by husband and wife Singer/ Songwriter Duo Jerod Dulaney and Malissa Miller-Dulaney and we got to hang out with them for No Simple Road this week!! This is one of those times when the NSR Family gets to meet and have a conversation. We talk all about how they met and how music helped to form the bond that grew into love, Malissa's experience with her first Grateful Dead type show at Skull & Roses Festival, wanting something different than what you've always gotten, and a whole ton more!

Make sure to check them out at: https://dulaneyandco.bandcamp.com/
and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dulaneyandco/

EP 98 - SHAKING IT UP WITH THE SHOOK TWINS

Katelyn and Laurie of The Shook Twins are our guests this week on No Simple Road! We talk about finding the muse and beginning their musical career, the grind of the road and traveling with a twin, the strength of The Sacred Feminine in sound, what their goal is through their music, being Witches, bringing joy to people, playing at the Oregon Country Fair and Northwest String Summit, and a whole bunch more!

Make sure you check out the new album 'Some Good Lives'on iTunes and everywhere you stream or download music!

For tour info, news, music, merch and even more go to: www.theshooktwins.com

EP 99 - MAKING MOVES WITH THE MOVES COLLECTIVE

Tim and Josh From The Moves Collective hung out with us for a little mid-week session! We shared some soup and smoke and talked about how their collective has transformed from gypsy-americana into what it is today, teaching through making music, the community surrounding jam music, what it means to be a person who decides to give it their all for the vibe, how pizza is Josh's favorite song, and a bunch more!

The Moves Collective are a funk heavy ameridelic jamband based in Ocean Beach, California. They have proven to turn heads by touring hard and sharing clubs, festival stages and amphitheaters all over the country with musical greats like Leftover Salmon, Hot Buttered Rum, Fruition, Midnight North, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Dustbowl Revival, Joe Marcinek Band among many more. Founded back in early 2014, The Moves quickly developed a reputation for timeless songwriting, high energy shows, exciting collaborations and constant touring (hucking). The band strives to remind everyone to 'Move in the Moment' through improvisation; sharing their unique stories, songs and experiences each night with each crowd. 

Check out the new Album 'Beauty of The Road' on iTunes and everywhere music is streaming!

EP 100 - 3/4 OF A CIRCLE AROUND THE SUN

This is a huge milestone episode for No Simple Road! No only is Drummer, Mark Levy from Circles Around The Sun our guest, but this is our 100th Episode! We start the show with a walk down memory lane and a bit of commentary on the past 99 trips followed by a 100th-episode-worthy conversation with Mark. We talk about how he balances success and humility, what it means to him to do better and be a better person, allowing energy to flow and the communion with the crowd, the beauty of Circles Around The Sun and how it has come together, and much, much, more!

For Tour news, merch, and info visit: https://www.circlesaroundthesun.com/

We thank all of you for all you've done to change our world and can't wait to bring you 100's more episodes!

EP 100 - 3/4 OF A CIRCLE AROUND THE SUN

This is a huge milestone episode for No Simple Road! No only is Drummer, Mark Levy from Circles Around The Sun our guest, but this is our 100th Episode! We start the show with a walk down memory lane and a bit of commentary on the past 99 trips followed by a 100th-episode-worthy conversation with Mark. We talk about how he balances success and humility, what it means to him to do better and be a better person, allowing energy to flow and the communion with the crowd, the beauty of Circles Around The Sun and how it has come together, and much, much, more!

For Tour news, merch, and info visit: https://www.circlesaroundthesun.com/

We thank all of you for all you've done to change our world and can't wait to bring you 100's more episodes!

EP 101 - SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH HOLLY BOWLING

We spend the morning talking with Holly Bowling this week! She took some time out of a well earned break to talk with us about how Ghost Light became a band while hanging out for the very first time, having laser focus inside the jam, being a music nerd, what it means to have some quality down time, climbing the Mt. Everest of transcribing the Tahoe Tweezer jam, and a whole bunch more!

Texture, nuance, and a gift for dexterous high-wire improvisation are the hallmarks of San Francisco-based classically trained pianist Holly Bowling, who infuses jam band music with a technically advanced, emotionally rich style.  After studying piano performance at SF State University, Bowling has turned her agile mind and interpretive prowess to the works of Phish on 2013’s Distillation Of A Dream album and the Grateful Dead focused Better Left Unsung (released December 9, 2016 through The Royal Potato Family).  Her instantly compelling playing and unerring ability to successfully collaborate with other musicians in an impressive array of styles has brought her to the attention of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, and other luminaries who’ve asked Bowling to perform with them.  Already a rising star on the festival circuit, Bowling plans to continue to expand her solo touring, and recently formed a new band Ghost Light with Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen and Scotty Zwang.

For more info on Holly's touring, merch, and music head over to hollybowling.com

EP 102 - LOST OX ON THE PORCH

The guys from the genre-blending Portland, OR-based band, Lost Ox, joined us on The Porch for a conversation around growing up listening to The Dead, their first LSD experience at a show, how being in a band mirrors romantic relationships, realizing that you're playing in the band, and much more!

Lost Ox has been cooking up their own all-original mix of prog rock, country Americana and funk since early 2017.

Hot off recording their first full-length album, "Wildheart", the band brings their own brand of inventive playfulness to performances, weaving dark, murderous yarns in the same stride as delightfully groovy jive numbers, saturated richly with improvisation and interplay.

EP 103 - THE RETURN OF DENNIS MCNALLY

Author, Historian, and Music Publicist Dennis McNally makes a return to the Porch for a more relaxed and quiet conversation than when we talked at Skull & Roses Festival. We cover topics like his journey through post book depression and where that lead him, why the Grateful Dead and spirituality are so intertwined, in what way Jerry Garcia was a role model for him, keeping needs & wants simple, what it takes to be successful, and much more.

Dennis McNally is the former Grateful Dead publicist and official Grateful Dead historian as well as the AUthor of several books including 'The Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead' and 'Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation, and America'. 

For more info on Dennis and his books and life head over to https://www.dennismcnally.com/

EP 104 - EMBRACING THE FACE WITH BRANDO FROM CASH OR TRADE/THE GORGE 2019 TRIP REPORT AND SHOW RECAP

A very special DOUBLE EPISODE this week!!!! First we have a super interesting interview with the brains behind the Face Value Ticket Movement, Brando Rich from Cash or Trade. Then, we get into a recap/trip report of last week's Dead & Company shows at The Gorge!

We talk to Brando about taking the tickets back into the hands of the real fans, how he and his Brother Dusty decided to create a movement, what the whole scene means, how Phish was the start of something wonderful and a bunch more! 

CashorTrade.org is the world's first, fair trade marketplace where fans ethically buy, sell, and trade tickets for face value. Since the organizations inception in February 2009, the community has grown to almost 250,000+ fans world wide.

Then we get into the whole story of our trip to The Gorge, what each of us experienced, how our community is growing, and share some love with our listeners and new Family!

EP 106 - FINDING THE SPACE BETWEEN THE NOTES WITH ANDREW HENDRYX

Andrew Hendryx is our guest this week! We get into him finding the mandolin in his favorite music and wanting to learn to play, creating his new album 'Deep River', giving space in your playing for space between the notes to sing, digging deeper to create the most beauty possible, knowing how to color the groove, and much, much more!

Andrew Hendryx is a mandolinist from Guilford, CT. His musical career started in 1997 playing mandolin for the Alan Smithee Band out of Elon, NC, later moving to NYC, Andrew co-founded the grammy balloted band, Yarn, with which he toured nationally for nine years. Andrew is currently living in Pennsylvania wrapping up a new album due to be released spring/summer 2019.

Known for his soaring solos, Andrew Hendryx has performed at major music festivals, theatres, and rock clubs throughout the US. His music has been featured by Rolling Stone, NPR, CMT, PBS, CNN and many news and radio stations across the country.

Andrew has collaborated and played with renowned artists including John Oates (Hall & Oates), Mike Gordon (Phish), Edie Brickell, Rahiem (Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five), Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band), Andy Falco and Jeremy Garrett (The Infamous Stringdusters), Ollabelle, Cabinet, Tony Leoni (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Caitlin Carry (Whiskeytown), Vince Herman & Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) and bluegrass legends Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, and Tony Trischka.

Go to: www.andrewhendryx.com for news, more music, and events!!!!

Check out the new album ‘Deep River’ on iTunes and everywhere music streams!

EP 107 - GETTING TO THE 13TH NOTE WITH MARCO BENEVENTO

We got a chance to sit down with Marco Benevento before the JRAD show in Eugene and talk about his new solo album 'Let It Slide', telepathy in the Benevento Russo Duo days, coming up with a universal song, what it feels like to have your dreams fully happening, being egged on by Joe to find the 13th note, and a whole bunch more!!!!

Marco is the founder and recording engineer of Fred Short, a recording studio in Upstate New York, and a member of the rock groups Benevento/Russo Duo and Joe Russo's Almost Dead and an amazing human being!

Marco's Album 'Let It Slide' comes out on 9/20 and will be available wherever music streams.

Check out https://marcobenevento.com/ for news, tour dates, merch, and more!