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.

Morgan Snow

Triggers & Slips’ Morgan Snow: Passion, purpose the key to overcoming addiction

bad wolves featured

Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves: Recovery is the road map out of the mouth of madness

Janiva Magness musician in recovery

Lady sings the blues: Janiva Magness transcends the pain of the past through music, sobriety

Christopher Tait sobriety

Christopher Tait of Electric Six uses sobriety as a springboard to recovery activism

Katie Toupin sobriety

Through sobriety, singer-songwriter Katie Toupin makes her ‘Moves’

Mike Zito musician in recovery

With almost 16 years sober, blues guitar ace Mike Zito’s gratitude knows no bounds


Through sobriety, singer-songwriter Griffin House finds his ‘Star’ is on the rise

morgan wade sobriety

Singer-songwriter Morgan Wade: ‘If I didn’t get sober, I wouldn’t be doing any of this’

Mitzi Dawn addiction recovery

With a renewed commitment to recovery, Nashville’s Mitzi Dawn plans a return

terry mcbride sober musician featured

With a new album on the way and almost a decade of sobriety, Terry McBride is enjoying the ride

Jack Russell Great White recovery

Great White’s Jack Russell: ‘It’s a miracle some of us made it through’


Nineteen for 2019: A Labor Day playlist from The Ties That Bind Us

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