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Crash and Ride is a weekly podcast dedicated to helping musicians and other creative people survive depression and anxiety.

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Crash and Ride is a weekly podcast dedicated to helping musicians and other creative people survive depression and anxiety.

    Crash and Ride - Episode 89: Tierney Tough (again!)

    Crash and Ride - Episode 89: Tierney Tough (again!)

    Tierney Tough was the second guest ever on Crash and Ride and she has released a new solo EP. Normally the phenomenally talented bassist, vocalist, and keyboardist for the band The Pauses, Tierney was inspired by the isolation and uncertainty of the Pandemic to create a new EP of haunting and powerful tunes, A Farce to Reckon With. In our most recent conversation, we talk about the Pandemic, her new music, and an absolutely infuriating encounter with an obstreperous soundman.
    You can hear A Farce to Reckon With here: https://tierneytough.bandcamp.com/
    You can hear The Pauses here:
    https://thepauses.bandcamp.com/
    You can find out more about Nuci's Space here: https://www.nuci.org/
    You can donate to Access Point GA here: https://www.accesspointga.org/donate

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Crash and Ride - Episode 88: Jes Skolnik, pt 2

    Crash and Ride - Episode 88: Jes Skolnik, pt 2

    Episode 88 is Part 2 of my conversation with Jes Skolnik. As I mentioned last week, Jes writes for Bandcamp Daily, the music journalism arm of the Greatest Music Distribution Platform of all time. Besides being an incredibly gifted music journalist, they are also a musician, a trauma survivor, former addict, and a sexual assault survivor. This week we talk about toxic jobs, the journey from freelancer to senior editor, their struggle with drugs and depression, and what they do for self-care!

    CONTENT WARNING: this episode contains frank and difficult discussions about sexual assault, drug use, and suicidal ideation.

    You can read Jes' work by going to their Bandcamp contributor profile here:
    https://daily.bandcamp.com/contributors/jes-skolnik

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Crash and Ride - Episode 87: Jes Skolnik, pt 1

    Crash and Ride - Episode 87: Jes Skolnik, pt 1

    Episode 87 is my interview with Jes Skolnik! Jes writes for Bandcamp Daily, the music journalism arm of the Greatest Music Distribution Platform of all time. Besides being an incredibly gifted music journalist, they are also a musician, a trauma survivor, former addict, and a sexual assault survivor. Together, Jes and I talk about the pandemic, surviving in isolation, overcoming trauma, and how it all relates to playing, loving, and writing about music.

    CONTENT WARNING: this episode contains frank and difficult discussions about sexual assault, drug use, and suicidal ideation.

    You can read Jes' work by going to their Bandcamp contributor profile here:
    https://daily.bandcamp.com/contributors/jes-skolnik

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Crash and Ride - Episode 86: Adam Klein

    Crash and Ride - Episode 86: Adam Klein

    photo: Jeff Shipman

    Adam Klein is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Athens, GA, though he currently lives in Atlanta. Adam has released seven albums, but has also traveled the world doing volunteer work and lived in West Africa for several years. In Mali, he had a radio show that was broadcast over a large swath of remote villages at the edge of the Sahara. He also has a budding acting career in the Atlanta film industry and an album on the way this Spring.

    We talk about growing up Orthodox in Athens, GA, living and working in Mali, and making records with his heroes.

    You can see portions of a documentary about making Adam's record of West African songs here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJiJR7uz4I

    You can hear more of Adam's music here:
    https://adam-klein.com/

    and finally, as I mentioned in the intro to the episode, you can donate to Access Point GA here:

    https://www.accesspointga.org/donate

    • 2 hr 38 min
    Crash and Ride - Episode 85: Jolie Holland

    Crash and Ride - Episode 85: Jolie Holland

    Jolie Holland is an extraordinarily gifted singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Los Angeles, California. She's possessed of an incredible insight and lyricism and she writes gorgeous and vivid songs that have been praised by luminaries such as Tom Waits. She escaped an abusive and toxic upbringing in a devout family of Jehovah's Witnesses and spent many years on the road, only to eventually settle down and create an enormous and stunning body of work.

    Jolie is currently collaborating with a group of activists and families to produce a benefit called "Abolition 2021," which will create a living space and activist space near the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. In her words, "I’ve been helping produce this benefit to create a free hospitality house for family and lawyers of incarcerated people near Angola aka Louisiana State Penitentiary. It’s out in the middle of nowhere like an ugly secret, difficult to get to, even for people with money. Reallocating city budgets from violence to community support, ending slave labor and abolishing the death penalty are the big goals. Creating this hospitality house is one important step we can take to improve people’s lives. The house will serve as a hub for activists."

    The show will be online April 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, and you can buy your tickets here:

    https://noonchorus.com/abolition-2021/

    You can hear more of Jolie's music here:

    https://joliehollandmusic.com/

    Also, as I mentioned in the intro, I've been working for a Harm Reduction organization here in Athens, and you can help us out here:

    https://www.accesspointga.org/donate

    • 2 hr 28 min
    Crash and Ride - Episode 84: Eugene Willis

    Crash and Ride - Episode 84: Eugene Willis

    Eugene Willis is a hip hop artist who performs under the name Black Nerd Ninja. He's a rapper, promoter, IT consultant, father, husband, and also a stroke survivor. He's one of the hardest working men I've ever met, and is a relentlessly positive force for good in the world. We talk about his journey back from his stroke, how he sought to redefine himself in the world after his illness, and how he believes that emotional intelligence might save us all.
     
    You can hear his work here:
    https://blacknerdninja.com/
     
    His Instagram is here:
    https://www.instagram.com/blacknerdmonsta/
     
    As promised, here's the Corona Virus Relief Fund set up by MusiCares:

    https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief
     

    And also here's a link to the Athens area musician's Covid 19 relief fund set up by Nuci's space here:

    https://www.nuci.org/get-help/

    • 1 hr 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

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Fantastic!

Highly recommended. You won’t regret taking the time to listen.

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A very good, very important podcast.

The only podcast of this kind that does what it does. Some of the episodes have such frank honesty that it is disarming, but I love hearing from the truth of so many. This is my favorite of recent discoveries.

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Important Human Listening

I’m re-listening to old episodes after recommending and sending some to a friend. I’ve thought it before and should’ve said it before now. Lots of people make podcasts, a whole lot of people make very good podcasts. But this one is not only good, it’s important.
Patrick’s interviews really draw a through line between the things one is passionate about and the trials and hardships that come along with that love. In the case of this show it’s all musicians sharing their connectedness in struggles and successes...but it addresses it all at such a root human level that all kinds of people could see their own faces in these stories.
This was off the air for a while and I’m really glad with the world the way it is right now, that it’s back. Even when the subject matter is tough it always gives me a great level of comfort.

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