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.

The Lumineers

The Lumineers speak truth to the labyrinthine web that addiction weaves

Glenn Jones

Let the ‘Good Times’ roll: Through sobriety, singer-songwriter Glenn Jones rediscovers his muse


On ‘CONSUME,’ The JAB weaponizes rock against stigma, suffering

Rachel Stacy

Country’s Rachel Stacy: Sassy, soulful, grateful and recovering

Joe Nester

Singer-songwriter Joe Nester builds a ‘Nation’ through music, recovery

The Ties That Bind Us

Happy New Year! A look back at the interviews of 2019

The Ties That Bind Us

HOLIDAY BREAK: A song’s hope lights a candle during addiction’s dark days


The artist known as C4 on her recovery: ‘I like this road, so I’m staying on it’

Ryan "Tater" Johnson

10 Years vet Ryan ‘Tater’ Johnson gets high on life, music, God

Art Alexakis

Art Alexakis of Everclear: ‘The ability to be present and aware … is the best drug I ever had’

Warner E. Hodges

Scorcher, Sinner, sober: Warner E. Hodges is a man of many hats

Morgan Snow

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

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