Recovery Stories from the Music Industry

An interview series with musicians in recovery

Courtesy of Betsey Lackey

Singer-songwriter Jaimee Harris: Still in love with ‘all those miracles’


Country hit-maker T. Graham Brown and sobriety: ‘It was a miracle to me’


Celebrated songwriter Buddy Causey: ‘It’s not about me’


Singer-songwriter John McAndrew: Almost 35 years later, the journey is still beautiful


Drummer Bogie Bowles: ‘Recovery is about finding empowerment’


Good Old War’s Tim Arnold: ‘It took … the truth to get me back in’

Scott Miller

Singer-songwriter Scott Miller: ‘Being sober is always your best chance’

John Cowan

Newgrass pioneer John Cowan: ‘I couldn’t deny my recovery’

Courtesy of Jack Spencer

Mary Gauthier: ‘I’m so glad I’ve remained willing to do what it takes’

Michael Crawley

Harp maestro Michael Crawley: ‘I committed myself 100 percent’


Edwin McCain’s moment of clarity: ‘I had the plan and the gun and the bullet’

Mike Dillon

Vibraphone visionary Mike Dillon: ‘My life has gotten 100 percent better’

Why The Ties That Bind Us? It’s taken from literature from one of the 12 Step programs: “The ties that bind us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart.”

What about the 11th Tradition? “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and film.” This is an important part of all 12 Step fellowships, which is why we won’t be identifying the specific fellowships, if any, to which our interview subjects belong. However, their discussion of their own recovery and sobriety, we feel, falls under the purview of “attraction,” and we’re honored they’ve agreed to allow us to tell their stories.

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