No Simple Road

The long strange trip of music, love, friendship and more

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  • 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.