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.


D.I. guitarist, Rock to Recovery administrator Clinton Calton: Thanks to recovery’s promises, ‘I’m living the dream’


MusiCares offers a lifeline to recovery for artists and industry types who find themselves struggling with addiction


Snot/Sevendust/Hed PE vet Sonny Mayo finds renewal in ‘the mighty purpose and rhythm’ of recovery from addiction


Addiction took ‘Texas’ Joe Bailey to prison, but God and recovery gave him his freedom and renewed his career


On the other side of addiction, Brandon Parkhurst helps others become recovering artists, warriors and kings


Beyond the Blowfish: Drummer Jim ‘Soni’ Sonefeld finds a beautiful life in the light of recovery


Five-time overdose survivor Sonny Cruz turns his addiction recovery into a musical mission


Singer-songwriter David Easterling: ‘We all support one another on this journey’


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


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


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


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

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