Musicians In Recovery

The Ties That Bind Us

What Is This? The Ties That Bind Us is a new interview series with musicians in recovery, brought to you by Cornerstone of Recovery and media content specialist Steve Wildsmith. For almost 20 years, Steve was a music journalist for newspapers in South Carolina and Tennessee, covering a wide variety of genres and artists. As a recovering addict himself, he conceived of this series as a way to spotlight addiction- and recovery-related issues in the music world.

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.” It’s also the title of a pretty great Bruce Springsteen song.

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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After 40 years in the wilderness, Hunt Sales gets his life and his music together

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FORTUNATE SON: The Rev. John Lee Hooker Jr. embraces his role as a proselytizing musical torchbearer

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On the cusp of a new album, singer-songwriter Michael McDermott celebrates authenticity

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From farm to beach, Jersey nonprofit uses music to offer hope to those in recovery

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Through recovery, the guys in 500 Miles to Memphis ‘lift each other up’

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Thanks to sobriety, singer-songwriter Amy Speace lives for the journey

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Addiction serves as a catalyst for the beautiful darkness of Nocturnal Blonde

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ROCK TO RECOVERY: Founder Wesley Geer pushes back against addiction’s darkness with rock ‘n’ roll

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HOPE ROCKS: One town’s response to its young people lost to addiction

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Soul rocker Katie Burke: Sobriety’s gift is the elevation of her art

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Blank Range’s Jonathon Childers: ‘There’s joy in a sober lifestyle’

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Grammy winner Mike Farris turns his addiction into a weapon for salvation

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