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  • 155 – A Slice Of Heaven With Fretland

    This week on No Simple Road we are stoked to bring you Hillary Grace from Fretland! Fretland just released their debut album on May 22nd and we catch up with Hillary to talk about creating from pain, having mental space to create beauty, living somewhere incredibly amazing, what it was like to finally make their…

  • Heads Talking – A Little Herb and Lovingkindness

    This week on Heads Talking we are joined by our Oregon Family Jake and Brynn! We talk to Brynn about what herbs we should be taking to boost our immune systems, fire cider, and the potential of sitting with a tree to alleviate stress and we hear from Jake on raising our mindset and the…

  • 154 – Curating The Future With Brent Rademaker

    This week on No Simple Road our guest is the one and only Brent Rademaker! Brent has been all around the music business from performing in bands like Beachwood Sparks and Gospel Beach to heading up his very own record label Curation Records! We get into some of Brent’s history with Neal Casal, why he…

  • Heads Talking – Just Exactly Perfect With Alex (Nola Deadhead)

    This week on Heads Talking we head down south to talk with our Brother Alex (@noladead on IG) to hear from him about what’s goin down in his neck of the woods. We talk about adjusting to a new normal, the beauty of the online Grateful Dead community, finding your brothers through a podcast, thoughts…

  • 153 – Greetings From Delta 89

    California Psychedelia comes to No Simple Road this week in the form of Delta 89! Rafael Salazar joins us to talk about creating the new EP ‘Greetings From Delta 89’, how he’s had to re-channel his energies from performing live and finding joy there into new and untapped channels, how he’s coping with the current…

  • Heads Talking – Meet The Mothers

    This week on Heads Talking we take part in celebrating the most important women in our lives… our Moms! First, we hear from Aaron’s Mom and talk a little bit about doing anything you put your mind to, then we talk to Apple’s Mommy to relive some stories from the distant past, and finally we…

  • 152 – The Ocean Of Osiris With RJ Bee

    This week’s guest on No Simple Road is none other than RJ Bee from the Helping Friendly Podcast, Osiris Media, and our partner in crime! We take some time from our quarantine blues to talk about RJ’s beginnings with Phish and The Grateful Dead, what possessed him to even think of starting a podcast network…

  • Heads Talking – Hearing Some Wisdom From The Grand Poobah

    This week on Heads Talking we check in with The Grand Poobah of the No Simple Road Family all the way from Louisiana! We met Nate through the show and quickly became Found Family. In this episode he reminds us that optimism is the key, tells us his story of jumping on the bus backwards,…

  • 151 – Rocking Life With Taraleigh Weathers

    Taraleigh Weathers is our guest this week on No Simple Road! This is exactly what we all need right now.. some solid advice on how to stay positive, feel connected to our community, and stay plugged in to the magic of the music we all love so much! Taraleigh talks to us about her Phish…

  • Heads Talking – What A Beautiful Buzz

    This week on Heads Talking we continue our check-in’s with members of the No Simple Road Family with the one and only Buzz! Buzz has been on the NSR bus since the very beginning and has become an integral part of the fabric of the Fam. We talk about how he’s doing with the QL…

  • 150 – Feeling The Spirit With The Garcia Project: Mik Bondy, Kat Walkerson & Maria Muldaur

    You’re getting two for one this week! Three of the members of the Garcia Project join us! First Mik Bondy and Kat Walkerson join us to talk about recreating the sound of the Jerry Garcia Band, how Jerry’s music has affected and altered their lives, and how they put together their upcoming album ‘Spirit’. Then,…

  • Heads Talking – Checking The Family Vibe With Johnny B

    This week we check in with one of the members of the NSR Family, Johhny B. We talk about consciousness needing an upgrade, what to do to keep your kids entertained, keeping things positive, finding dead snakes in nature, and a whole lot more.Please remember that the NSR Family are included in the ‘Struggling artist’…

  • 149 – In The Moment With Jay Blakesberg

    This week’s guest on No Simple Road is the man behind the most iconic photos in music history, the one and only Jay Blakesberg. Jay talks to us about creating and finding those perfect moments to enshrine in history, what it was like to shoot Fare Thee Well, the Grateful Dead, and so many other…

  • Heads Talking – Just Be Kind

    Heads Talking is a snapshot of our reality bringing you inside our home and our world. We’re a month in to quarantine, Spring has sprung, and so have we! We talk a bit about gratitude, giving thanks for the little acts of kindness, dream about what we’d do if we had infinite time and money,…

  • 148 – Staring Into The Apollo Suns

    Born from the fusing of seven uniquely talented Winnipeg, Canada based musicians, Apollo Suns have created arefreshing and innovative sound combining instrumental, rock, jazz and experimental music and this week Ed from the band is our guest! Amidst a global pandemic Ed talk to us about having their first American tour cut short due to…

  • Heads Talking – Stir Crazy

    This week on Heads Talking we continue our discussion of traveling down the rabbit hole of quarantine, stir-crazy-work-from-home-ness, keeping ourselves healthy, happy, and entertained, and talk about what we are each doing, watching, and listening to.Please remember that the NSR Family are included in the ‘Struggling artist’ category so consider Becoming a Patron through Patreon.com…

  • 147 – The Keys To The Cheese With Kyle Hollingsworth

    Our guest this week is the man behind the keyboards of The String Cheese Incident, Kyle Hollingsworth! Kyle and the NSR crew get into Kyle’s years with SCI, how he’s fairing through the beginnings of the global Pandemic, his new solo EP 2020, what it’s like to create with 5 others all with different perspectives,…

  • 145 – The Keys To The Cheese With Kyle Hollingsworth

    Our guest this week is the man behind the keyboards of The String Cheese Incident, Kyle Hollingsworth! Kyle and the NSR crew get into Kyle’s years with SCI, how he’s fairing through the beginnings of the global Pandemic, his new solo EP 2020, what it’s like to create with 5 others all with different perspectives,…

  • Heads Talking – What Do We Do Now?

    This week on Heads Talking we have a roundtable discussion with each of the members of the No Simple Road Family and frankly discuss how being ordered to stay at home has affected us. We give some advice on ways to stay sane while staying at home for an extended period, discuss Mel and Tam…

  • 144 – Answering The Call Of The New Tribe

    Our friends from New Tribe are an evolving collection of musicians, seekers, artists, writers and explorers engaging in psychedelic (“soul-revealing”) experiences. At the heart of this social experiment is a band, a catalyst. Their music seeks new ground through live and studio explorations, with roots in American musical traditions, reinterpreted for modern listeners.We hang with…

  • 146 – Answering The Call Of The New Tribe

    Our friends from New Tribe are an evolving collection of musicians, seekers, artists, writers and explorers engaging in psychedelic (“soul-revealing”) experiences. At the heart of this social experiment is a band, a catalyst. Their music seeks new ground through live and studio explorations, with roots in American musical traditions, reinterpreted for modern listeners.We hang with…

  • Heads Talking – What A Long Strange Week Its Been!

    It’s evident that our reality has shifted from ‘normal’ to something other than that. This week we delve into our personal lives a little and discuss how The Great Hiatus is affecting us, our mental health, and our bodies. This is an open and honest conversation on The Porch about the state of affairs we…

  • 143 – Feeling Grateful With David Gans

    We’re honored this week to have the one and only David Gans as our guest as part of our series heading up to Skull And Roses Festival! David s the co-author of the book Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead, and the host of the weekly syndicated radio show The…

  • 145 – Feeling Grateful With David Gans

    We’re honored this week to have the one and only David Gans as our guest as part of our series heading up to Skull And Roses Festival! David s the co-author of the book Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead, and the host of the weekly syndicated radio show The…

  • Heads Talking – What Else Are We Supposed To Talk About?

    This week on Heads Talking the No Simple Road crew takes a different road down the list of events that are happening to each and every one if us right now. We talk through our fears, our hopes, and what we see as an opportunity to make something that has never, ever been, before plus…

  • The Return of Andy Frasco

    Andy Frasco, of Andy Frasco and the U.N and Andy Frasco’s World Saving podcast returns to No Simple Road with a visit to the Schapladay Pad before his show at the Crystal Ballroom with Umphrey’s McGee. Andy and the crew go deep talking about Andy’s anxiety, dealing with loneliness, what it’s like to rise in…

  • 144 – The Return of Andy Frasco

    Andy Frasco, of Andy Frasco and the U.N and Andy Frasco’s World Saving podcast returns to No Simple Road with a visit to the Schapladay Pad before his show at the Crystal Ballroom with Umphrey’s McGee. Andy and the crew go deep talking about Andy’s anxiety, dealing with loneliness, what it’s like to rise in…

  • Funky Shoes and Clinical Psychedelics

    This week we tackle a couple articles starting with one from CNBC.com entitled, ‘Hoka made a running shoe so big you can’t even drive in it’ and follow it up wit a discussion about an article from The Motley Fool.com titled ‘Forget Cannabis: Psychedelic Medicine Is the Better Investing Opportunity’. Become a Patron through Patreon.com…

  • Talking With The Silver Fox: Jeff Chimenti

    This week as part of our lead up to Skull & Roses Festival we’re honored and excited to bring you the one and only Jeff Chimenti! Jeff’s played with so many great bands like Dead & Company, Voodoo Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends, RatDog, The Dead, Furthur, JRAD, Colonel Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade, and The…

  • 143 – Talking With The Silver Fox: Jeff Chimenti

    This week as part of our lead up to Skull & Roses Festival we’re honored and excited to bring you the one and only Jeff Chimenti! Jeff’s played with so many great bands like Dead & Company, Voodoo Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends, RatDog, The Dead, Furthur, JRAD, Colonel Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade, and The…

  • Heads Talking – Maybe You Had Too Much Too Fast, Or Not

    This week we tackle a hard hitting story from CNN.com entitled ‘A woman took 550 times the usual dose of LSD, with surprisingly positive results’. You aren’t going to believe how this one turned out and neither could we! We talk about the psychedelic experience as therapy, what it has done for us, and where…

  • 142 – Catching Fireflies With Karen Lasher

    A chance meeting at Northwest String Summit last year lead up to this week’s guest, Karen Lasher, coming on No Simple Road. Karen is a music fan with a passion for helping the musical community bring the vibe and love of the music festival out into the world at large! We talk to Karen about…

  • Catching Fireflies With Karen Lasher

    A chance meeting at Northwest String Summit last year lead up to this week’s guest, Karen Lasher, coming on No Simple Road. Karen is a music fan with a passion for helping the musical community bring the vibe and love of the music festival out into the world at large! We talk to Karen about…

  • Heads Talking – Dreadlocks, A fist Bump, and The Coronavirus

    We tackle the hard hitting news this week with a story fro CNN.com entitled, ‘If the governor signs this bill, Virginia will become the fourth state to ban hair discrimination’ followed by a story from Time.com , ‘Fist Bumps vs. Handshakes: How COVID-19 Does—and Doesn’t—Spread’ just to give a little of the hysteria around the…

  • Life in The Fast… Jay Lane

    Honored and excited this week to bring all of you Drummer Jay Lane as part of our series leading up to the incredible Skull & RosesFestival in April! Jay has such a huge list of bands he’s played with including Primus, Rat Dog, Furthur, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros., The Rooster Conspiracy, The Golden Gate…

  • 141 – Life in The Fast… Jay Lane

    Honored and excited this week to bring all of you Drummer Jay Lane as part of our series leading up to the incredible Skull & Roses Festival in April! Jay has such a huge list of bands he’s played with including Primus, Rat Dog, Furthur, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros., The Rooster Conspiracy, The Golden…

  • Heads Talking – A Healthy Snake Orgy

    This week’s Heads Talking is tackling the real news! We are joined this week by our friends Jake & Brynn from Earthdance Re-Evolution Festival and Vital Force Herbs to talk about a CNN.com article entitled ‘Florida City Shuts Down Part Of A Park Due To Annual Snake Orgy’ and follow that up with a deep…

  • The Power Of Love With Visionary Artist Chris Dyer

    We’re honored this week to have Visionary Artist Chris Dyer as our guest. Chris is a Peruvian-Canadian artist based in Montreal, Quebec. Chris parts straight from the vision of his heart with artistic themes that include oneness, consciousness, personal development, and kindness. He is known for his striking murals, logos, album covers, skate board decks,…

  • 140 – The Power Of Love With Visionary Artist Chris Dyer

    We’re honored this week to have Visionary Artist Chris Dyer as our guest. Chris is a Peruvian-Canadian artist based in Montreal, Quebec. Chris parts straight from the vision of his heart with artistic themes that include oneness, consciousness, personal development, and kindness. He is known for his striking murals, logos, album covers, skate board decks,…

  • Heads Talking – Freezing Our Brains For Science

    This week on Heads Talking we take on a hard hitting story from Reuters.com entitled ‘Brain Freeze: Russian Firm Offers Path To Immortality For A Fee’. We get into some deep conversation around the nature of consciousness, immortality, The Singularity, and if we’d be okay with having our brains frozen to be brought back at…

  • 139 – Story Time With Big Steve Parish

    We’re extremely honored to have the one and only Big Steve Parish on No Simple Road as part of our lead up to Skull & Roses Festival. Steve Parish has been a primary member of the Grateful Dead family for 50 years. Steve first joined the band as a roadie in 1969. It wasn’t long before he…

  • Story Time With Big Steve Parish

    We’re extremely honored to have the one and only Big Steve Parish on No Simple Road as part of our lead up to Skull & Roses Festival. Steve Parish has been a primary member of the Grateful Dead family for 50 years. Steve first joined the band as a roadie in 1969. It wasn’t long before he…

  • Heads Talking – The Goat Mayor and Hacking Your Retirement

    This week we tackle a hard hitting news story from CNN.com entitled ‘The Candidates For Mayor In This Vermont Town: Two Dogs And a Goat’ and follow it up with a story from marketwatch.com ‘Hackers Are Ramping Up Attacks On Retirement Accounts: How To Keep Yourself Safe’. Leave us a 5 star review on Apple…

  • Heads Talking – Big Brother In The Jungle and The Emotional Support Turkey

    This week on Heads Talking we tackle the hard hitting news! First is a discussion coming from onezero.medium.com entitled ‘Wildlife Cameras Are Accidentally Capturing Humans Behaving Badly’ where we head down the rabbit hole on digital snooping, being listened to by technology and the advent of sex robots. Then, we discuss an article from foxbusiness.com…

  • Figuring Out What With Nick From Big Something

    Nick from Big Something joins the No Simple Road crew for a conversation about creating a set list with intention, the upcoming tour “The Royal Rumble’ with Andy Frasco, how having a diverse age range in band members creates a unique synergy, what it feels like to have fans that’ll follow your band from show…

  • 138 – Figuring Out What With Nick From Big Something

    Nick from Big Something joins the No Simple Road crew for a conversation about creating a set list with intention, the upcoming tour “The Royal Rumble’ with Andy Frasco, how having a diverse age range in band members creates a unique synergy, what it feels like to have fans that’ll follow your band from show…

  • 137 – Returning to the Cosmic Country With Daniel Donato

    This week we have the return of Guitarist Daniel Donato! From age 14, Donato has developed his brand of crisp, soulful, on-the-edge telecaster picking under bar lights, honing his skills and proving his mettle within the city’s prominent live music scene. All the while, a growing love of songwriting mirrored the pace of his ever-improving guitar…

  • Returning to the Cosmic Country With Daniel Donato

    This week we have the return of Guitarist Daniel Donato! From age 14, Donato has developed his brand of crisp, soulful, on-the-edge telecaster picking under bar lights, honing his skills and proving his mettle within the city’s prominent live music scene. All the while, a growing love of songwriting mirrored the pace of his ever-improving guitar…

  • Heads Talking – The Podcast for Fido and Fraken-chip!

    On Heads Talking we tackle the hard hitting news! This week we start with an article from reuters.com entitled, ‘Spotify Launches Playlists For Dogs Left Home Alone’ and then we get into an article form delish.com with the snappy title, ‘Step Aside Pickle and Turducken, Reuben Pringle Are Now A Thing’! And finally, we get…

  • Episode 136 – Living A Beautiful Life With Steve Kimock

    We’re honored this week to have the one and only Steve Kimock as our guest! While one can say that his genre is rock, no one niche has ever confined him. Instead, through the years, he’s explored various sounds and styles based on what’s moved him at the time, whether it’s blues or jazz; funk…

  • Heads Talking – Cannabis Edibles and the Horny Tortoise

    On Heads Talking we tackle the hard hitting stories! This week we talk about an article from www.abcnews.com entitled, ‘Marijuana Edibles Might Not Be As Safe As Originally Thought, Health Experts Warn’ and then get into a little something more comfortable with a story from telegraph.co.uk entitled, ‘Highly Sexual 100 Year Old Tortoise Helps Save His…

  • Episode 135 – Turning On the Tractor Beam With Jon ‘The Barber’ Gutwillig from the Disco Biscuits

    Jon ‘The Barber’ Gutwillig, guitarist of the Disco Biscuits, is our illustrious guest this week on No Simple Road! We talk to Jon about his feeling of an “all new” Biscuits, creating the ‘Tractor Beam’ segments of their shows, throwing a huge festival like Camp Bisco, using psychedelics as a tool to help cure creative…

  • Heads Talking – Bed Bugs and Plant Based Ice Cream

    This week’s ‘Heads Talking’ takes on the hard hitting news. CNN.com gave us this gem: “Bedbugs Were Released in a Pennsylvania Walmart and now police are investigating” written by Alaa Elassar on 1/5/2020. We talk about the psychology of bringing bugs into Wally World, the rights of the bugs themselves, our own fears surrounding pests, and…

  • In Memory of Jerry Schafer (my Dad): Heads Talking – A Grand Adventure

    This morning we woke to news that my Dad had graduated from Earth. We had another episode ready for you all but No Simple Road has always been honest, open, real conversations. We’re jumping in head first into the grief process with the NSR Family listening. We talk about what has happened, what we’re feeling…

  • Heads Talking – Is The Air Making You Sad?

    The first mini episode of a little new something extra from the No Simple Road Crew. Each week we will take a new non-political topic and discuss our opinions, musings, pontifications, and extrapolations on a news article or noteworthy happening. This week Apple and Aaron discuss the news article: ‘Science Says Air Pollution Could be…

  • Episode 134 – Finding The Rhythm With Scott Amendola of Amendola VS. Blades

    If told about a band that consisted of only keyboards and drums, one wouldn’t be faulted for thinking, “Where’s the rest of the group?” But one listen to Amendola Vs. Blades—the funky California-based duo of Wil Blades on Hammond organ and clavinet and Scott Amendola behind the kit—and all fears will be assuaged. Blades’s cutting solos…

  • Episode 133 – Syncing Up With Noah Lampert of The Synchronicty Podcast

    This week’s guest is Noah Lampert! Noah hosts The Synchronicity Podcast which is a show dedicated to examining the subtle realities that connect us all. He speaks with new guests to find out their unique perspectives on life, reality and beyond and this conversation is no different! We talk about dealing with the ‘fake awake’ syndrome,…

  • Episode 132 – On Stage With Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

    With a penchant for wildly original songs drawing from timeless American genres such as roots, folk, Americana, and blues, the duo of Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear has risen from the coffeehouse circuit of their Midwest hometown of Independence, Missouri to international and festival sensation, releasing two albums and an EP in the five…

  • Episode 131 – Learning To Play Dead With @fromthelot: Mason Warner

    This week we talk with @fromthelot Mason Warner! Mason has created a wildly successful Instagram page that showcases all of the vintage Grateful Dead tees from days past and works now as an officially licensed creator of Grateful Dead merchandise. We get into his beginnings with the Grateful Dead scene, his new partnership with Designer…

  • Episode 130 – Stealing A Dance With The Ballroom Thieves

    This week’s guests is Martin from The Ballroom Thieves!  Incorporating musical styles that range from Motown to classic rock and metal, Unlovely (their new album coming in February 2020) maintains the recognizable, nostalgia-tinged sound of The Ballroom Thieves’ previous outputs while pushing a heightened brashness. Since the release of their first EP and debut full-length,…

  • Episode 129 – On The Road With Jam In The Van

    This week’s guests are the guys from Jam In The Van!  They are the solar powered mobile recording studio and YouTube Channel that’s changing the way the world discovers new music. Launched in 2011 as a backyard project inspired by a love for music festivals, JITV has since turned into a full-blown business venture for…

  • Episode 128 – Becoming The Medicine With Colin Frangicetto

    Colin Frangicetto is an artist and guitarist for the experimental rock outfit Circa Survive. Colin came to hang out on The Porch with us this week to talk about his art, his recent journey to The Amazon and encounter with Ayahuasca, how that journey has affected his perceptions and his life, his career with Circa…

  • Episode 127 – Feeling More With Amoramora

    This week’s we sit down on The Porch with the guys from Amoramora. Amoramora is a working, traveling, multi-purpose quartet playing an eclectic mix of improvisational gumbo – blending and stirring together integral aspects of Psychedelic Rock, Funk Fusion, Bluegrass, Jazz & Soul.  We talk about their individual musical beginnings, finding ‘that moment’, working hard…

  • Episode 126 – Making Something New With Old Salt Union

    This week’s guest is Jesse Farar from Old Salt Union! Jesse Farrar (for the indie rock heads – yes, he’s related – Son Volt front man Jay Farrar is Jesse’s uncle) brings an alternative rock spirit as well as his unique formative experiences as a hip hop producer and bass player for a national tour of…

  • Episode 125 – Spreading The Good Word With Cactus Jesus

    This week’s guest is Billy B., better known as Cactus Jesus or @hermitcrabbb on IG. This is an extremely information packed episode! Billy has dedicated his life to educating himself and others as to the medicinal and mind expanding benefits of psychedelic cacti, healthy living, and cultivation. We talk about his journey into the realm…

  • Episode 124 – Wrapping The String Cheese With Jason Hann

    It’s the 25th Anniversary year of The String Cheese Incident and we had the pleasure of sitting down with percussionist and wizard Jason Hann before the show at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene. We talked about how doing interviews with strangers has become the new ‘normal’, dug deep into how Jason first got the gig…

  • Episode 123 – Seeing The Forest Through The Trees With The Lost Monarchs

    We got a chance to hang out with The Lost Monarchs and talk about synchronicity creating their band, having multiple layers of meaning to the name of a band, transcending friendship into brotherhood, creating a’concept’ album, and a whole bunch more!!! The Lost Monarchs are a San Diego California-based jamband. The quartet is known for…

  • EP 122 – Reading The Book With Jason Gershuny

    Jason Gershuny, co-author of ‘100 Things every Phish Fan Should Know And Do Before They Die’ hangs out on The Porch with us this week! We dig deep into his musical roots with the Grateful Dead and his moment of understanding, getting duped by Phish on Halloween, writing the book for Phish fans, maintaining a…

  • Episode 122 – Reading The Book With Jason Gershuny

    Jason Gershuny, co-author of ‘100 Things every Phish Fan Should Know And Do Before They Die’ hangs out on The Porch with us this week! We dig deep into his musical roots with the Grateful Dead and his moment of understanding, getting duped by Phish on Halloween, writing the book for Phish fans, maintaining a…

  • Episode 121 – Heading North At Midnight With Grahame Lesh

    This week’s guest is the one and only Grahame Lesh! We caught Grahame in a rare week off and got to spend some time talking about the upcoming Midnight North tour, playin in the band in Europe, creating a musical family through synchronicity, growing up Lesh, and a whole bunch more! Midnight North starts their…

  • Episode 120 – Pickin’ The Grass With Town Mountain

    This week’s guest is Jeese Langlais from Town Mountain!! Town Mountain is Langlais, Barker, vocalist/guitarist Robert Greer, fiddle player Bobby Britt, and bassist Zach Smith. Since releasing their debut album Original Bluegrass and Roots Country in 2007, they’ve have made a name for themselves in bluegrass and roots circuits and have amassed a sizable catalog of original…

  • Episode 119 – A Circle Around The Sun: In Memory Of Our Brother Neal Casal

    This week we sit down as a Family in tribute to Neal, and share our memories and thoughts on the passing of our Brother. So much joy, incredible music, and sweet vibrations came from this singularly talented and soulful individual. His passing rocked our community and serves as a reminder of the preciousness of life,…

  • Episode 118 – Reaching The Next Level With The Chilldren Of Indigo

    The Chilldren Of Indigo return to No Simple Road this week! When we talked last they gifted us with the outro music you hear every week on the show. This time we talk about where they’ve gone since we talked last, what it’s like to manage their own record label ‘Umbrella Records’, dealing with the…

  • Episode 117 – We Have Melted: Summer Meltdown Part 2

    We are back this weekend with part 2 of our trip to the coolest festival Washington State has ever known… Summer Meltdown! This week is filled with goodness like interviews with High Step Society (45;45:00) and Spafford (01:21:00), a live podcast from the Forest Stage by yours truly No Simple Road (02:03:00), and finally, an…

  • Episode 116 – Playin’ In The Band With Rob Barraco of Darkstar Orchestra

    We caught up with Rob Barraco from Darkstar Orchestra while we were at Northwest String Summit. He was so gracious with his time and sat with us for almost an hour so we figured this one needed to stand alone. Rob has played with so of our favorites like Phil Lesh & Friends, The Dead,…

  • Episode 115 -We Have Melted: Summer Meltdown Part 1

    We’re back from a much needed break with Part 1 of our recap of Summer Meltdown! This marathon episode is packed with goodness! Jump in the car with us as we head to Darrington Music & Bluegrass Park for the most amazing festival Washington has ever known! We’ve got interviews and live music from Sara…

  • Episode 114 – Traveling The Cosmos With Paracosmic

    Ash Slater from the California Interstellar Cosmic Funk outfit known as  Paracosmic is our guest this week! Paracosmic is a collaborative project of musicians from various parts of California and The United States. The band’s sound can be described as a funk-based improv flow, incorporating rock and blues with a keen taste for the psychedelic…

  • Episode 113 – On The Road With Goose

    Our guest this week is the one and only Goose! Goose is an indie-groove band based out of Norwalk, Connecticut. Rick Mitarotonda is the guitarist-singer-songwriter whose folky, hummable melodies are supported by Peter Anspach on guitar/keys, and a deep-pocket rhythm section of Trevor Weekz on Bass and Ben Atkind on drums. The band’s music is both…

  • Episode 112 – Taking In The View From Northwest String Summit Pt. 2

    We continue our journey to Northwest String Summit today with interviews with Banshee Tree, Good Morning Bedlam, Trout Steak Revival, The Deep Fried Pickle Project, and a chat with Andy Hall from the Infamous String Dusters. Interspersed in the episode is music by Yonder Mountain String Band, Fruition, Chris Pandolfi, Banshee Tree, and much rambling,…

  • Episode 111 – Pt.1 -Taking In The View From Northwest String Summit

    We have something really cool for all of you thins week… part 1 of our journey to Northwest String Summit!!! We are the ‘Official Podcast of Northwest String Summit’ and we went there with a mission… to bring those of you who went to the festival back there and to take those who couldn’t make…

  • Episode 110 – Creating Circles With Peter Shapiro

    We’re extremely honored this week to have the one and only Peter Shapiro as our guest. Peter talks with us about his first Grateful Dead experience and how it shaped the rest of his life, owning his first venue and what it took, creating a movie on Dead lot, what it takes to make a…

  • Episode 109 – Life Is Live With Greg Ormont From Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

    Our guest this week is the one and only (scrambled) Greg Ormont from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. We talk to Greg about what it means to give 100%, how to balance work and life in a way that’s meaningful, realizing that at some point we have to take care of ourselves, how being a theater…

  • Episode 108 – Being Fearless With Annabel Lukins ‘The Artist Whisperer’

    Annable Lukins joins us this week for a super, extra special No Simple Road!! This is one of those conversations that stops us in our tracks. We talk to Annabel about making her Father proud, finding her way to Cloud 9 Adventures, being fearless, living passionately, being ‘The Artist Whisperer’, parenthood, sobriety, and so much…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 105 – Admiring The View With The Rumpke Mountain Boys

    We’re super excited this week to have The Rumpke Mountain Boys as our guest and we can’t wait to see them doing a late night set at Northwest String Summit here in a few weeks! We get into some strange and beautiful territory talking about everything from creating a 2 hour live album, being in…

  • Episode 104 – Embracing The Face with Brando From Cash or Trade / Gorge 2019 Trip Report

    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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Epsiode 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…

  • Episode 100 – 3/4 Of A Circle Around The Sun With Drummer Mark Levy

    This is a huge milestone episode for No Simple Road! Not 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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 meditiation, humanizing tough topics through songwriting, coming to terms with not always feeling up to playing, the place of the spreadsheet in the…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 91 – Spontaneously Fucking Shit Up With @Deadbootleg

    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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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, helping to bring Prop. 215 to light in California, the music of The Grateful Dead and…

  • 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 82 – The Wolfman on The Porch: Brandon Wenerd of BroBible & 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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.…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 78 – Some Podcast… To Get To Terrapin: NSR & The Higgs Live from 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,…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 76 – What a Long Strange Trip Its Been: A 2018 Recap and Retrospective

    The road’s been long and strange in 2018! 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 72 – Going Down The Road Feelin Rad With Tim & Erica 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 69 – Almost Dead in The Ghostlight 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 Past, American Babies, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Ghost 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 older Tommy…

  • Episode 69.5 – A Night Out With The Higgs (Live set and post-show commentary)

    An almost private show in Salem, Oregon at McMenamin’s Boon’s Treasury with our favorite band in the world… The Higgs!!!! You’re gonna hear a couple of sets of amazing music followed by our rambling and excitement as we drive home from the show!

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 63 – Unmasking Mapache with Sam & Clay Backstage at Mississippi Studios

    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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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, and his new album ‘Baileyana’.…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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’!

  • Episode 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 Grof, 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 49 – Gettin’ Silly With Dean Sottile

    Grateful Dean Sottile 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…

  • Episode 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 left this incarnation, being drafted by The Grateful Dead, the energy field…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 46 – Down the Rabbit Hole With The Higherside Chats Podcast 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 same while heading down the rabbit hole of conspiracies. There’ a ton here to unpack and…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 43 – The View From The Skies As The Crow Flies: Trip Report/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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 41 – Getting On The Bus With Online Ceramics

    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.

  • Episode 40 – Discovering 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…

  • Episode 39 – Uncovering The Mystery With Bestselling 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 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…

  • Episode 34 – A Journey Into The Wilderness With Esteban DeCorazon of the Portland Psychedelic Society

    Esteban DeCorazon joins the NSR crew for a talk about solo journeys with the sacred mushroom, DMT space, and his personal confrontation with “She Who Shall Not Be Named”. Check out The Portland Psychedelic Society on Facebook: Portland Psychedelic Society for news, information and event info.

  • Episode 33 – Pickin’ Into The Future With Guitarist Daniel Donato

    Daniel Donato spends some time with the NSR Crew talking about growing up and finding his purpose, the legacy of the Grateful Dead, the value of working hard at his craft, and how it feels to have to carry his own gear! 

  • Episode 32 – Blues For Sallah

    The mythical being known as Sallah joins us this week to talk about  the LA Dead Night! This is the man behind the curtain of that event and we chat about being a part of the scene, learning a secret language, the next generation of The Family, and a ton of other stuff!

  • Episode 31 – The Forces Tear Loose From The Axis: Darkstar Recap and Trip Report

    This is a long strange episode this week Family! We spend a morning on the porch after Darkstar Orchestra discussing psychedelics, first shows, getting honest with our listeners, and the growing family. We actually do re-cap the show about an hour in but before that is good ol’ morning after conversation. It’s a heady episode…

  • Episode 30 – Listening For The Secret With John Kadlecik

    John Kadlecik joins the No Simple Road Crew and takes us to school! We talked about his life’s trajectory, the evolution of music, the San Francisco music scene and Family Dog, and really get to know the man behind the beautiful music. You guys are gonna love this one and you are gonna learn a…

  • Episode 29.5 – The Un-Epsiode Episode

    We are waiting to release our weekly episode until this Tuesday but we didn’t want to leave you all hangin’. So, here’s the Schapladay Crew chilling in the basement talking about what is coming up in the next few months and thanking you guys, the NSR Family for being the most amazing group of humans…

  • Episode 29 – Coming Home to the Terrapin Family

    The Grateful Dead, 50 years ago, played at the Crystal Ballroom here in Portland, Oregon. This is the Schapladay recap of Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band playing there on that anniversary. It was a night of amazing vibration, realization, and family. This one will just make you FEEL GOOD!

  • Episode 28 – Hearing the Message from MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger

    M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger joins the NSR crew for a candid and thoughtful interview! We talk about his journey, living in The South, the influences that have shaped him, the Grateful Dead, and bath time! Check out the new album “Hallelujah Anyhow” on iTunes or anywhere you stream or download music.

  • Episode 27 – Being Welcomed Home With The Garcia Birthday Band

    The Garcia Birthday Band is Portland, Oregon’s homegrown Grateful Dead Tribute Band. Some of the guys stopped by Casa De Schapladay and we talked about being honored to play Dead tunes, the difference between a “Cover” band and a “Tribute” outfit, and how accidents can become the most fun you can have! These guys are…

  • Episode 26 – Getting Blood From a Stone with Eric Krasno

    Virtuoso Producer/Guitarist Eric Krasno of Lettuce, Soulive, Oteil & Friends, just to name a few…. talks to the NSR crew this week! We talk about his new Album “Blood From a Stone”, how mentors have shaped his playing, playing with his heroes, finding his own sound, and growing up musical!

  • Episode 25 – Creating Reality With Visionary Artist Joe Roberts (LSD World Peace)

    Not-so-ordinary Visionary Artist Joe Roberts hangs out with the Schapladay Crew and shares with us his visions of the world. We talk about the Other Side, Dimethyltryptamine as a technology, communication with our pets, and hearing the music of life. This was a fun and inspirational talk and one that will surprise you. Check out…

  • Episode 24 – Designing the Dead With Artist Jeremy Dean

    It’s a New Year and we get right down to business! Jeremy Dean is the Graphic Designer behind the logos for Dead & Company’s Summer and Fall Tours as well as the mind behind some of the artwork for John Mayer’s shows with Dave Chappell amongst other things. We talk about transforming into a Deadhead,…

  • Episode 23 – Joining The Family With Adam From SWIMM

    An early New Year’s celebration becomes an episode of No Simple Road. Adam from SWIMM just happens to be my Daughter’s Boyfriend so, we took the opportunity to find out what makes him tick. We talk about his start in drumming, living as a musician, meeting your heroes, and Darwin’s farts. Its a fun episode…

  • Episode 22 – Getting Down With Oteil Burbridge

    It’s a Christmas miracle! The No Simple Road Family spends some time with legendary bass wizard Oteil Burbridge. We talk about getting the call from Dead & Company, how the audience is playin’ in the band, living in coincidence, the meaning of “Zambi”, Col. Bruce Hampton and a whole lot more.  Check out Oteil’s new…

  • Episode 21 – Feeling The Way It Feels to Feel With Justin the NSR Producer

    It’s time to meet the man behind the curtain! Justin is the Producer of No Simple Road and part of The Schapladay Crew. We talk about coming to grips with the man behind the mask, how music is alive, and how vibrations of love and light can ripple out and heal the world. It’s an…

  • Episode 20 – Looking Into the Future with Eligh from Grand Tapestry

    We spend some time with Eligh from Grand Tapestry. Grand Tapestry fuses traditional Indian music and it’s unlikely but perfect companion, a flow of rhymes from a beautiful mind. We talk about psychics, Grand Tapestry’s vision for their future, dreaming big, and knowing when to reel it in! You can check out the majesty of…

  • Episode 19 – Any Way You Love We Know How You Feel

    The Schapladay Crew recaps the Chris Robinson Brotherhood show. We introduce a couple new members of the Family, talk about the Hippie Vortex, feeling included, and finding somewhere you can just be you. It’s an episode filled with good vibes, lots of love, and well intentioned ribbing. ***If you like what you hear please, leave…

  • Episode 18 – Breakin’ It Down With the Host of The Brokedown Podcast Jonathan Hart

    Johnathan Hart is the host of The Brokedown Podcast. He’s a digital wizard that stitches together the music we all love into tapestries of sonic goodness. We spend some time on the porch talking about what makes the Grateful Dead great, listening for the secret, and searching for the sound. To check out the Brokedown…

  • Episode 17 – Inside the Mind of Artguy Chuck Hues

    We take a journey inside the mind of artist and friend Chuck Hues. He’s done pieces for bands like The Grateful Dead and our new friends Wookiefoot. We talk about the process of creation, finding the flow, and becoming one with the music. To see more of Chuck’s art or hire him to do some…

  • Episode 16 – The Whole Story

    A story of heroin’s tendrils, love winning, friends before lovers, and what magnetic attraction really feels like. Aaron & Melanie tell the story of how they ended up together and have become the Mama and Papa Bears of the Schapladay Family.

  • Episode 15 – Feeling the Love From Tedeschi Trucks

    We spend a morning on The Porch with the whole Schapladay Family re-capping the amazing Hard Working Americans & Tedeschi Trucks show. It’s a talk about couples, family, love, and speaking to a stranger. ***If you like what you hear please, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Google Play so more of…

  • Episode 14 – Learning to Love Darth Vader with Comedian Duncan Trussell

    Comedian and arch-wizard Duncan Trussell joins the Schapladay Crew for a discussion about the Universal Mind, cosmic chefs, Bluegrass Music and LSD, labels, telepathy, 60,000 simultaneous orgasms, and learning to love Darth Vader when he takes off the mask. Duncan’s podcast, “The Duncan Trussell Family Hour” is, by far, the most fun, informative, transformational, inspirational,…

  • Episode 13 – Tacos and Finding Your Tribe: With Tom

    We talk to Tom from Colorado, a 24 year old Head, about the glory of slingin’ tacos, waking up to find out that you are the eyes of the world, and how the older generation should embrace the travelers finding their way onto the bus. ***Please, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or…

  • Episode 12 – Digging The Trip Log With Chris

    We have our first ever listener On The Porch as we talk about how Chris found the Grateful Dead, tripped at a Rainbow Gathering, and why “the woo” shouldn’t be disparaged. Check out our Patreon at: No Simple Road Follow us on Instagram: @nosimpleroad  Chris’ New Podcast ” Coming Out of the Emerald Closet” can…

  • Episode 11 – Alex Comes to Casa De Schapladay

    We talk this week with Alex from the Portland Cannabis Community about his stay here at the Schapladay Pad, how it feels to be welcomed and accepted, creating a Tribe, and a recap of a recent psychedelic journey here at the house. Hit up our Patreon page at: https://www.patreon.com/nosimpleroad Follow us on Instagram: @nosimpleroad  A…

  • Episode 10 – The Vanzant Perspective

    An evening on the porch with part of our found Family from Vegas gets deep. We are truly all over the map on this one folks!!! Everywhere from the Eagles to me as a Virtual Reality Grandpa. You just gotta hear it!! Check out our Patreon page and help out The NSR Family at: www.nosimpleroad.com/nosimpleroad…

  • Episode 9 – Gettin’ Kicked By The Mule

    A post-show recap of Gov’t Mule @ the Roseland theater here in Portland, Oregon. Apple & Aaron spend some time on the porch talking about what went down at the show and feeling really relaxed. Honestly, I don’t even remember recording this one…. so enjoy!

  • Episode 8 – Going Deep With Psychedelic Milk Podcast Host Ed Liu

    The Psychedelic Milk is one of the most popular Psychedelic Podcasts. The Schapladay Crew talks with the host of that show and dives into getting to know the man behind the curtain. We cover why he ever was interested in Psychedelics, what kept him coming back, and what tools he’s learned through his journeys to…

  • Episode 7 – Getting Real With Actress and Model Sydney Schafer

    Melanie and Aaron interview actress and model Sydney Schafer (their Daughter) and talk about what it’s like to grow up with psychedelic parents, getting real with yourself, and finding your own path in the world.   Follow Sydney on Instagram @syderoni 

  • Episode 6 – The Dead Keep Following Him – Danny The Cannabis Connoisseur

    A drunken afternoon on the porch becomes one hell of a funny episode as we interview Danny from the Portland cannabis scene. We cover listening to the Grateful Dead and fall foliage, how audio engineering can be what turns us on, and the majesty of Hall & Oats. 

  • Episode 5 – The Revolution Will Be Podcasted

    This week we hear from two members of the Schapladay crew and their idea of what “church” means, the revolution of podcasting, and how a guitar can become Ganesh.

  • Episode 4 – The Grateful Dead Make Him Lose His Moves (Tanner Polednak)

    Our interview with musician and friend Tanner Polednak.  We discuss losing his moves, his first experiences with jamming, and what it’s like to hear with different ears.   Check out his music at: https://soundcloud.com/tanner-james-polednak

  • Episode 3 – The Grateful Dead Make a Family

    Our interview with the Matriarch of the Schapladay Pad and the twisted tale of two roads intersecting and becoming one. We hear how the two met and became intertwined for this incarnation and how the Grateful Dead made a family out of a lone soldier and a single Mom.

  • Episode 2 – The Grateful Dead Took the Weight

    An interview with fellow traveler and friend for 30+ years talking about his first experience with the Dead and way too much psychedelics. We dive into his first setlist, Phish, the road, dancing during Space, and what it’s like when your best friend becomes a Deadhead and you’re not.

  • Episode 1-The Grateful Dead made me no longer feel like a stranger

    The first episode of a new podcast talking about the love of the Grateful Dead, psychedelics, and living a life that is part of the Long Strange Trip. The Conductor introduces himself, sets up what we’re all about, and tells his story of how he got on the bus.