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More than just a Grateful Dead Podcast, more than a music and culture show, something other than a Deadhead family of cosmic wanderers.... No Simple Road is a weekly podcast highlighting the musicians, authors, artists, comedians, and luminaries of the Jam Band scene, Festival world, Psychedelic community, and beyond! Join us on our long strange trip! Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/nosimpleroad. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Rivers of the Mind is a psychedelic Urban Fantasy/Superhero audio drama set in the Texas Hill Country. It centers around an underground laboratory concealed underneath a water treatment facility--formerly a part of the MK Ultra program, but today used to test secret technology for space travel. It's first main character, John is a homeless geologist who takes LSD outside of the lab one night and develops the ability to read minds, who is eventually joined by Meagan, a cashier at Walmart who ...
 
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We've begun our journey into the world of the Livestream! For our first one we re-tell the story of how NSR got its start and recap some of the long strange trip to where we are today. Each of us gives our top-five favorite No Simple Road moments to date and we shed some tears along the way as well as a ton of laughs. If you're new to No Simple Roa…
 
This week on No Simple Road we've got part 3 of our 3 part series on Skull & Roses Festival! This final part is filled with a lot of laughter and smiles! We begin with a little conversation between the NSR Crew. Next, we have a hilarious interview with the guys from Pink Talking Fish, followed by a little backstage rap with the Master Shredder hims…
 
This week on No Simple Road we've got part 2 of our 3 part series (we thought it was gonna be 2 and it turns out it'll be 3 parts) on Skull & Roses Festival! Come for the ride with us as we take you along for an auditory journey of what it was like to be at this iconic festival! Part 2 starts with a recap of the previous day with the NSR crew, then…
 
This week on No Simple Road we've got part 1 of our 2 part series on Skull & Roses Festival! Come for the ride with us as we take you along for an auditory journey of what it was like to be at this iconic festival! Part 1 starts with some shenanigans with the NSR crew, then we head a backstage for a quick interview with one of the organizers, next …
 
We're so stoked to have Mountain Head as our guests on No Simple Road this week! Mountain Head begins with the Hannah Brothers, and a mountain. The mysterious duo wandered through the wasteland and arrived at a mountain, which they scaled. At the top, they discovered a shaman who changed the brothers' lives and way of thinking forever. Their sound …
 
No Simple Road is extremely excited this week to have Artist Mike Dubois on the show! Mike's art has been a part of the Grateful Dead ethos for decades now and honestly there is no real way to categorize his amazing work. He is one-of-a-kind. His magickal style has been commissioned by bands including The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, Ne…
 
We are stoked to have our homegrown homies Bodhi Mojo as our guests on No Simple Road! Bodhi Mojo is a psychedelic, four-piece jam band rooted in the good feels. Characterized by mind-bending jams and heartfelt songwriting, they never play the same show twice and leave you yearning for more. The band formed in 2019, and made a splash on the PNW mus…
 
We are so very excited to have Jennifer Hartswick as our guest on No Simple Road this week! Honestly, for the three of us, this is one of our favorite interviews to date! We talk with Jen about the energy and necessity of 'The Beacon Jams', the deep human need for live music, the importance of feeling and showing love, Jen's journey with Reiki, the…
 
Get ready! This week we have Little Stranger as our guests on No Simple Road. We get into the timing of releasing the album 'Trip Around Saturn', having to play 4 hour gigs, why getting turned on to Phish make your bandmates angry, how the unique chemistry of Little Stranger has come to be and evolved, the way living together creates symbiosis, how…
 
This week on No Simple Road we welcome Jeremy Schon of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong as our guest! Jeremy sits down with us to talk about the last couple of years and how their experience with all that has gone down helped to shape the new studio album 'Perspective', how becoming a Dad has altered his priorities, what musical moment changed his life fo…
 
Mike Rivard of Club D'Elf is our guest on No Simple Road this week! To the naked eye, Club d’Elf looks exactly like a world-class instrumental band: five or six fierce players laying down heavy grooves and exploratory solos on distinctive original material, as audience members dance or listen in rapt attention. To its fans, however, and its large a…
 
We are extremely honored to have the legendary Melvin Seals as our guest on No Simple Road as part of our series leading up to Skull & Roses Festival! Melvin is best known for his long friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile that lights up the room. Melvin spun his magic with the Jerry Garcia B…
 
This week we have something special for all of you! We are super excited to have Clare Naber and Chris Couch from The Beltane Music Festival as our guests on No Simple Road! Beltane Music Festival is a grassroots local festival that has grown from humble beginnings in Clare's backyard to a yearly festival complete with camping, vending, and the mos…
 
We are extremely excited to have the one and only Jeff Mattson of Dark Star Orchestra as our guest on No Simple Road this week as part of our lead-up to Skull & Roses Festival. Guitarist and songwriter Jeff Mattson is one of the Jam scene’s most lasting voices having taken over Long Island in The Volunteers and The Zen Tricksters then rising to nat…
 
We couldn't be more stoked to have J.M (Jonathan) Hart as our guest on No Simple Road this week! Jonathan is a musician, Host of 'The Brokedown Podcast', Co-Host of 'Undermine', avid record collector, Father, Husband, and the reason No Simple Road teamed up with Osiris Media! That's a lot of hats right there and we get into talking about most of th…
 
We are so excited to have the two creators of The Grateful Dead Tarot on No Simple Road this week! Elizabeth Jezorski is the mastermind behind Grateful Dead Tarot and the author of the guidebook. She dances through life sharing wisdom she pulls from the ancient arts of astrology, ceremony, and energy work. Erin Cadigan is the illustrator and produc…
 
This week's guest on No Simple Road is the one and only Ken Babbs and we couldn't be more honored! Ken is one of the original band of Merry Pranksters who, along with best friend Ken Kesey, became some of the psychedelic leaders of the 1960's and hosted The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests. Without the psychedelic foundation that they created No Simple…
 
We're super excited this week to have all the guys from Spunj as our guests on No Simple Road! Spunj is a high energy, multi-genre four-piece based out of Eugene, Oregon. Using their diverse musical backgrounds and tastes, Spunj sets to make their live shows not just a musical performance, but an experience. The band incorporates classic songwritin…
 
No Simple Road is stoked to have Mojohand returning to the show this week! Mojohand's modern take on Cosmic American Music blends together the Folk, Country, Blues, and Improvisation infused Rock n Roll of the late 60's and early 70's with the Neo-Psychedelic sounds of today. We hang out and talk all about the new album 'Songbook', everything that …
 
We are super excited to have Dogs In A Pile as our guests on No Simple Road this week. Dogs in a Pile is the culmination of a love of music born from the deepest American roots of psychedelia, jazz, fusion, funk, traditional, and rock & roll. Sprung from the rich Asbury Park music scene in New Jersey, their serendipitous convergence has made for th…
 
We're extremely excited to have Reed Mathis as our guest on No Simple Road this week! 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…
 
We're super excited this week to have George Fetner of George Fetner & The Strays' as our guest on No Simple Road. “There’s a lot you could say about the varied pursuits of guitarist/bandleader/ composer George Fetner. But the most pressing takeaway here is that he and his merry band of pranksters in the Strays can burn down a stage with glee - les…
 
We're honored this week to have Starfinder Stanley and Hawk from Owsley Stanley Foundation as our guests this week. While perhaps most widely known as the “Acid King” for his early role manufacturing the highest quality LSD to help fuel the psychedelic revolution of the 1960s, Owsley was a self-educated innovator, scientist, artist, and patron of t…
 
No Simple Road is super stoked this week to have Jamel Aka Jamal back on the show! Jamel is a Deadhead, positive light in the world, and creator of the best YouTube reaction videos ever. We talked with Jamel back in 2021 and promised each other that we'd get back together after he saw his first Dead & Company show so we made good on that promise. W…
 
No Simple Road starting 2022 strong with Karina Rykman as our guest ! In 2016, Karina joined Marco Benevento's band on bass, replacing Dave Dreiwitz (Ween /Joe Russo's Almost Dead). In the many U.S. tours, trips to Japan and the UK since then, Karina has developed a permanent and powerful presence in the band, playing headlining shows, festival set…
 
This week you're getting two for the price of one! We start the episode with Lone Tree! Lone Tree is the rock band you never expected. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, this group of 5 international teens formed in 2016 to create a high-energy, powerful sound that is both contemporary while firmly rooted in their influences from classic rock, funk, reggae, …
 
Happy Holidaze No Simple Road Family! We are so stoked to have Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass as our guest on the show this week! Greensky has ushered us back into live music in 2021 and we thought there would be no better Holiday gift than to have one of them on the show for Christmas! Since their 2000 formation in Kalamazoo, MI, the quintet—A…
 
We're incredibly honored this week to Have Mark Johnson of Playing For Change as our guest on No Simple Road. Mark Johnson is a Grammy award-winning producer/engineer and award-winning film director. For the past 20 years, Mark has worked with some of the most renowned producers in the music, film, and television industries, and with such musical a…
 
We are extremely honored to have Bill Payne of Little Feat as our guest on No simple Road this week! Payne, who co-founded Little Feat with the late, great Lowell George 35 years ago, has been Little Feat’s keyboardist – and its pilot – throughout the band’s existence, writing and singing such beloved classics as "Oh Atlanta," "Day or Night," "Time…
 
We are so excited to have Damion "Yella P" Pearson from Memphissippi Sounds on No Simple Road this week! One fated summer night in 2017 the paths of two uniquely gifted and talented Memphis musicians aligned in a club on Beale Street. Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of Junior Kimbrough and native of the famed Mississippi hill country, brought his raw, …
 
This week we are extremely excited to have John Lee Shannon of Circles Around The Sun on No Simple Road! We sit down with John to discuss how he landed the gig with CATS, how synchronicity has become more commonplace, how he met Neal Casal and how Neal's musical frequencies found their way into his DNA before he even knew the man, what it was like …
 
We're honored this week to have Gary Waldman as our guest on No Simple Road. Gary is Neal Casal's long-time friend and manager as well as the executive producer of 'Highway Butterfly: The Songs Of Neal Casal' and the founder and Executive Director of the Neal Casal Music Foundation. With a list of titles like that you know this conversation goes de…
 
We're stoked this week to have Ethan Miller of Howlin Rain as our guest on No Simple Road this week! Over nearly 20 years, Howlin Rain may have become the quintessential independent American rock ’n roll band: a steam-spitting Hydra of cranked guitars, kicking asphalt dust through a kaleidoscoping travelogue of desert motels and dives, volleying fo…
 
We’re so excited to have Andy Frasco on No Simple Road for his 3rd time and we're basically going to therapy together with this conversation! We jump right to the action this week and start digging into why Andy has such a hard time accepting his successes, why we struggle against our happiness, what makes us keep reaching for something bigger whil…
 
Nic Clark had a fairly unconventional childhood, which is perhaps one reason why his first album, Love Your Life / Songs for the Whole Family, came out youth-centric. It wasn’t that he wasn’t supported— in fact, his mom got him the certificate that allowed him to play in bars at the tender age of twelve. It was the school thing. His school system i…
 
The third album from Maggie Rose, Have a Seat is the work of a phenomenally gifted artist showing the full extent of her power. After years of honing her chops and making her name as a force-of-nature vocalist, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter has dreamed up her own unbridled collision of rock-and-roll, soul, folk, funk, and R&B: a fittingly e…
 
We are so stoked to have Pat Ferguson as our guest on No Simple Road this week! Pat Ferguson is a nationally recognized guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist. His sound channels Americana, Bluegrass, and Folk and is deeply influenced by his Upper Mississippi River musical roots. He's got a new album coming out titled 'The Confidence Man' with appeara…
 
We're stoked to have Grant Livingston as our guest on No Simple Road this week! Grant Livingston is a singer/songwriter who delivers immersive grooves and contemplative lyricism in the form of transcendental folk music. His debut album, Grant & Friends, is a collection of heartfelt original songs that showcase Livingston’s timeless, yet innovative …
 
We are extremely excited to Have Waynard Scheller of Rainbow Full Of Sound as our guest on No Simple Road this week! Waynard and Rainbow Full Of Sound are an east coast GD cover band, which in October will start a 21 show run in homage to the complete Europe ’72 tour. We talk with Waynard about how he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up, what…
 
We are super excited to have Family Mystic on No Simple Road this week! Family Mystic is a local Portland, Oregon based collection of community cultivators, visionaries and some incredible musicians. Playing free shows in parks and local squares around the country, the guys just finished a West Coast tour and spend some time on The Porch with us ta…
 
We are extremely excited to have Vince Herman as our guest on No Simple Road this week! Things are just more fun when Vince Herman is around, and since helping co-found Leftover Salmon over a quarter century ago, Leftover Salmon shows have always been the most fun. Herman moved to Boulder, CO from Morgantown, West Virginia, where he was attending W…
 
We are super excited to have Michael Palmisano on No Simple Road this week! Michael Palmisano is an Award Winning GIT Grad, Founder of PRS Sponsored Guitargate, One Of The Largest Online Guitar Learning Communities In The World With 85k+ students. He has been playing guitar since he was 5, and gigging and teaching professionally for the last 15+ ye…
 
This week on No Simple Road we are super excited to have Marcus Rezak as our guest! Known as a master of jazz improvisation and a seasoned artist of the sit-in, Rezak is a frequent call among bands and musicians. Rezak’s 2018 debut as a bandleader saw him collaborating alongside Kris Myers and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee, Arthur Barrow of Frank…
 
It's been a long journey for the past 19 months. We all know it's true. This mid-week short drop is a few of The Conductor's thoughts and ideas on heading back out into the musical community and seeing our collective trip with some new lenses and renewed sense of gratitude. Also, he just wanted to ride in the car or plane with you as you travel to …
 
We are super excited to have Skerik as our guest on No Simple Road this week! Decade upon decade, Skerik remains the tireless steward for one of modern music's most diverse, adventurous & passionate bodies of work. Skerik's world is one where dialogue flows freely between wildly disparate strains of musical thought... where no borders exist between…
 
We've got two for one this week on No Simple Road! We start off this week with a recap of our trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania to see Phish! Next, we welcome the founder of The Peace Bus, Kwabi Amoah-Forson, to the show for a discussion about his mission to spread peace across this land! The Peace Bus was conceptualized from the desire to create a spa…
 
A mid-week special episode with Starfinder Stanley and Hawk from The Owsley Stanley Foundation. The Owsley Stanley Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of “Bear’s Sonic Journals,” Owsley’s archive of more than 1,300 live concert soundboard recordings from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including recordings by …
 
This week we are stoked to have Davvy Glab as our guest on No Simple Road. This is a super fun and laughter filled episode! Davvy is a YouTube creator, guitarist, actor, and one-half of the 'Toby & Davvy' YouTube channel. Davvy teaches Grateful Dead songs on YouTube every week with his show 'Play Dead' as well as doing 'Drink and a Joint' & 'Live C…
 
We are super excited this week to have Elliott Peck as our guest! As one of the most sought-after vocalists on the West Coast, Elliott Peck has made a name for herself lending harmonies to everyone from Phil Lesh and Bob Weir to Jackie Greene and Reid Genauer. As a member of the band Midnight North, she’s appeared on bills with the likes of Bonnie …
 
This week No Simple Road is extremely excited to have Funk You as our guest! Friends, fun, and love comprise the ethos of Funk You, a nine-piece musical juggernaut from Augusta, Georgia. Motivated by a love of liver performance and armed with a captivating sonic presence, the band places a healthy helping of soul atop a funky backbeat that continue…
 
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