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.

Michael Crawley

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

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

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Singer-songwriter Dom Kelly: ‘I just really grew up in recovery’

Mike Dillon

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

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Singer-songwriter Kasey Anderson: ‘I never expected to put out a record again’

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Singer-songwriter Sam Morrow: ‘I live by a certain set of principles now’

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Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite: ‘Even with almost 31 years, it still feels new’

Devil Driver Dez Fafara

DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara: ‘I had to show people who follow me the proper way to do life’

Tommy Womack

Singer-songwriter Tommy Womack: ‘I’m a cat on my ninth life’

BJ Barham

American Aquarium’s B.J. Barham: ‘I don’t feel like I have to drink to be a happy person’

Travis Meadows

BUZZKILL: Recovering singer-songwriter Travis Meadows finds solace in the song

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Julie Christensen: Alt-country godmother finds renewal in the Rooms

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