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More than just a Grateful Dead Podcast, more than a music and culture show, something other than a Deadhead family of cosmic wanderers.... No Simple Road is a weekly podcast highlighting the musicians, authors, artists, comedians, and luminaries of the Jam Band scene, Festival world, Psychedelic community, and beyond! Join us on our long strange trip! Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/nosimpleroad

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More than just a Grateful Dead Podcast, more than a music and culture show, something other than a Deadhead family of cosmic wanderers.... No Simple Road is a weekly podcast highlighting the musicians, authors, artists, comedians, and luminaries of the Jam Band scene, Festival world, Psychedelic community, and beyond! Join us on our long strange trip! Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/nosimpleroad

    233 - At The Crossroads With Memphissippi Sounds

    233 - At The Crossroads With Memphissippi Sounds

    We are so excited to have Damion "Yella P" Pearson from Memphissippi Sounds on No Simple Road this week! One fated summer night in 2017 the paths of two uniquely gifted and talented Memphis musicians aligned in a club on Beale Street. Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of Junior Kimbrough and native of the famed Mississippi hill country, brought his raw, stripped-down rhythms from the fresh, open air of Potts Camp, MS, to the crowded room. As the audience took in Kimbrough’s beats from the drums, they were blessed by the powerful and mesmerizing voice of Damion “Yella P” Pearson’s harmonica. Kimbrough had grown up hearing the blues from his grandfather’s juke joint, and later taught himself to play.
    Yella P. was also self-taught on the harmonica, first picking it up at age 13 and honing his style while listening to the blues on Beale Street.


    Yella P takes us to school on the difference between 'Hill Country' Blues and 'Memphis Style' Blues, how Sesame Street was his inspiration for playing the harp, how he knew he was supposed to be playing with Cameron, what it was like recording in legendary Sun Studios, and a whole lot more!
    Head over to www.memphissippisounds.com for all their tour dates and more!
    SONG AT THE BEGINNING OF THE INTERVIEW: 'Crosroads' off the new album 'Welcome To The Land'
    SONG AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW: 'Go Downtown' off the new album 'Welcome To The Land'


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    INTRO MUSIC BY AND USED WITH OUR GRATITUDE AND THE PERMISSION OF:
    ANDREW HENDRYX
    OUTRO MUSIC BY AND USED WITH OUR GRATITUDE AND THE PERMISSION OF:
    CHILLDREN OF INDIGO


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    • 1 hr 37 min
    232 - One Hip Cat: John Lee Shannon

    232 - One Hip Cat: John Lee Shannon

    This week we are extremely excited to have John Lee Shannon of Circles Around The Sun on No Simple Road! We sit down with John to discuss how he landed the gig with CATS, how synchronicity has become more commonplace, how he met Neal Casal and how Neal's musical frequencies found their way into his DNA before he even knew the man, what it was like to create his solo album 'In & Of', how it feels to take the wheel in the guitar slot in Circles Around The Sun, and a whole lot more!
    For more info on Circles Around The Sun head over to: www.circlesaroundthesun.com and for for info on John go to: www.johnleeshannon.com
    SONG AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CONVERSATION: 'Pete Jive' live from 11/7/2021 at The Hamilton in Washington D.C.

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    INTRO MUSIC BY AND USED WITH OUR GRATITUDE AND THE PERMISSION OF:
    CIRCLES AROUND THE SUN
    OUTRO MUSIC BY AND USED WITH OUR GRATITUDE AND THE PERMISSION OF:
    CHILLDREN OF INDIGO


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    • 2 hr 25 min
    231 - Sweetening Distance With Gary Waldman

    231 - Sweetening Distance With Gary Waldman

    We're honored this week to have Gary Waldman as our guest on No Simple Road. Gary is Neal Casal's long-time friend and manager as well as the executive producer of 'Highway Butterfly: The Songs Of Neal Casal' and the founder and Executive Director of the Neal Casal Music Foundation. With a list of titles like that you know this conversation goes deep quick. We talk with Gary about what went into the creation of 'Highway Butterfly', how he met Neal, what the common thread was that created such a solid bond between the two of them, the importance of asking for help when we struggle, Neal's love of photography and the subsequent coffee table book of his images, and a whole lot more!
    The Album 'Highway Butterfly: The Songs Of Neal Casal features Circles Around The Sun, Erik Krasno, Marcus King, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, Billy Strings, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fruit Bats, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Jonathan Wilson, Shooter Jennings, Leslie Mendelson, Vetiver, Beachwood Sparks, Jaime Wyatt, Aaron Lee Tasjan, J Mascis, Dori Freeman, Warren Haynes, Cass McCombs, Kenny Roby, Norah Jones’ Puss N Boots and Tim Heidecker, among others.


    SONG AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW: 'All The Luck In The World' performed by Billy String & Circles Around The Sun - off 'Highway Butterfly: The Songs Of Neal Casal'
    For more on the Neal Casal Music Foundation and to purchase the album head over to: www.nealcasalmusicfoundation.org/


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    INTRO MUSIC BY AND USED WITH OUR GRATITUDE AND THE PERMISSION OF:
    CIRCLES AROUND THE SUN
    OUTRO MUSIC BY AND USED WITH OUR GRATITUDE AND THE PERMISSION OF:
    CHILLDREN OF INDIGO


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    • 2 hr 39 min
    230 - Spinning The Dharma Wheel With Ethan Miller Of Howling Rain

    230 - Spinning The Dharma Wheel With Ethan Miller Of Howling Rain

    We're stoked this week to have Ethan Miller of Howlin Rain as our guest on No Simple Road this week! Over nearly 20 years, Howlin Rain may have become the quintessential independent American rock ’n roll band: a steam-spitting Hydra of cranked guitars, kicking asphalt dust through a kaleidoscoping travelogue of desert motels and dives, volleying forth transmissions of sci-fi poetry from the blacktop veins of this cracked and aching country. Now, in America 2021, capping these strangest and sorest of times, the band returns with The Dharma Wheel, a six-track, 52-minute dive into a joyous fantasy realm of exaggerated present.


    We catch up with Ethan for a conversation about the evolving sound of Howlin Rain, creating the new album 'The Dharma Wheel', his decision to add keyboard wizard Adam MacDougall to the mix, how we can strive to not be like the insects, how he feels now that he's able to get back at it on the road, ways to be a little more gentle with ourselves, and a whole lot more!
    SONG AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EPISODE: 'Don't Let The Tears' off the new album 'The Dharma Wheel'


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    INTRO MUSIC BY AND USED WITH OUR GRATITUDE AND THE PERMISSION OF:
    CIRCLES AROUND THE SUN
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    CHILLDREN OF INDIGO


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    • 2 hr 40 min
    229 - Sittin' in Therapy With Andy Frasco

    229 - Sittin' in Therapy With Andy Frasco

    We’re so excited to have Andy Frasco on No Simple Road for his 3rd time and we're basically going to therapy together with this conversation! We jump right to the action this week and start digging into why Andy has such a hard time accepting his successes, why we struggle against our happiness, what makes us keep reaching for something bigger while being unable to enjoy the moment, how our past can haunt us even now, why Aaron forgets to eat, and a whole lot more!
    Frasco is not just a friend of the family, he’s the host of the hugely popular Andy Frasco’s Worldsaving Podcast, bandleader for Andy Frasco and the U.N., host of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, and who knows what else! If you haven’t been to a Frasco show, well, you need to do that immediately and you can find out all his tour info, news, and more over at: www.andyfrasco.com
    Also, make sure to check out the new live album 'Live On The Rocks' streaming everywhere you get your music.


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    CIRCLES AROUND THE SUN
    OUTRO MUSIC BY AND USED WITH OUR GRATITUDE AND THE PERMISSION OF:
    CHILLDREN OF INDIGO


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    • 2 hr 21 min
    228 - Loving Life With Nic Clark

    228 - Loving Life With Nic Clark

    Nic Clark had a fairly unconventional childhood, which is perhaps one reason why his first album, Love Your Life / Songs for the Whole Family, came out youth-centric.  It wasn’t that he wasn’t supported— in fact, his mom got him the certificate that allowed him to play in bars at the tender age of twelve.  It was the school thing.  His school system in the Denver area had a truancy court, and he set up semi-permanent residency there around the 7th grade.
    You see, he had found the blues.  Visiting a bookstore with his brother, he found a book about harmonica playing which included pictures of Sonny Boy Williamson and Stevie Wonder and a harmonica….and he never came down.  The harp was his school, and he never missed a class there.  Soon he was playing live and then, after the shattering loss of both a young cousin and his grandfather, he found the healing power of music, too.
    We talk with Nic about growing up in a multi-generational household and how that has affected the way he creates music, how he found the harmonica, why school took a backseat to playing, creating the new album ‘Love your life’, why he wanted to make an album for all ages to enjoy, and a whole lot more!
    For more info head over to: www.littlevillagefoundation.com/nic-clark
    SONG BEFORE THE EPISODE 'Love Your Life' off the album 'Love Your Life: Music For The Whole Family'
    SONG AFTER THE EPISODE 'Dance Party' off the album 'Love Your Life: Music For The Whole Family'
    
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    AMENDOLA VS. BLADES
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    • 2 hr 22 min

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4.9 out of 5
371 Ratings

371 Ratings

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These homies run a killer show full of all kinds of topics! The biggest continuing thread I see through all the episodes though is love. They truly care about the community/family they have created, and are continually finding new ways to spread their message throughout the cosmos!

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