Episode 23: Jeffrey Martin and Mick Flannery

Jeffrey Martin is an internationally touring singer-songwriter based in Portland, OR. Mick Flannery is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Ireland.

These two share a deep appreciation for each other, many similarities, and a tour van occasionally. It was great to sit down with them while they were on tour recently and catch a glimpse into their friendship and hear their unique stories.

Jeffrey tells us about his decision to walk away from full-time teaching into full-time music. Mick shares about his own turn towards music as a career after working in a completely different profession. They discuss the transition from touring back to real life, and what - in addition to beer - helps them get through rough patches.

We also chat about Steinbeck’s tenderness and their “favorites” - books, music, memories and more!

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Where to find Jeffrey:

Instagram and Website

Where to find Mick:

Instagram and Website

Episode 22: Rachel Demy

Rachel Demy is a music photographer who honed her craft while on the road with various rock bands over 10+ years as a tour manager. She’s from Portland, OR and now based in Seattle.

Our wide-ranging conversation takes us everywhere from panic attacks, to the romance (and heartbreak) of friendships, to taking leaps of faith by following your instincts, to learning how to live in the grey.

This is one of my favorite conversations - on or off the podcast - ever. Maybe it’s because Rachel is so raw and vulnerable (which allowed me to be the same), maybe it’s because we cover topics that are heavy on my mind lately, or maybe it’s just because Rachel is so darn wonderful. I know you’re going to love her (and all the wisdom she shares), too!

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Where to find Rachel:

Website

Instagram: @racheldemy and @racheldemyfilm

Episode 21: Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey is a folk singer-songwriter and all around wonderful human. He is a deeply curious person who loves poetry, so I already knew we’d be fast friends and have a lot to talk about!

We got a chance to sit down together in San Francisco, and we cover a lot of ground during this conversation.

He tells us about a time he was living alone in an empty house in a little town, and the profound encounter with a fox he had during that time that led to beautiful lyrics. He talks about the important distinction between solitude and isolation, and I love how he unpacks the feeling of grief.

He talks about what tools have helped him get through darker times, including being as he describes a “very persistent half-assed meditator”, nature, community, and looking after other people. I’d like to add an exclamation point on that last bit: if you’re going through a hard time, I can’t emphasize enough how useful it is to do something - however small - to make someone else feel better when you’re down. When I’m going through it, this is the one thing that consistently helps me get out of a funk. And I was happy to hear Peter say it too.

He also tells us some of the writers and musicians whose creativity moves him. And wow - I got goosebumps all over when he describes his favorite memory – it’s a good one.

Everyone I know who is friends with Peter says he’s one of the best humans they know, and I can see why.

Photo of Peter by Rodney Bursiel

Photo of Peter by Rodney Bursiel

Where to find Peter:

Instagram

Website

Episode 20: Beth Mathews and Daniel Ellsworth

In this episode, I’m talking to my good friends Daniel Ellsworth and Beth Mathews.

Beth is a graphic designer but also spends her time working on many impactful social justice projects, including The Mom Bag, a non-profit she started to help refugee mothers.

Daniel is a musician in the band Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes.

We touch on so many topics throughout this conversation - everything from dogs, their creative inspirations, to feelings of guilt, and anxiety. And speaking of anxiety - Beth has a super awesome “anxiety manual” she created to help those who struggle with it, and you should check out - it’s definitely helped me!

There are so many nuggets of wisdom throughout this chat as I knew there would be, because Dan and Beth are two of the best people I know.

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Where to find Daniel and Beth:

Instagram: Beth and Daniel

Websites: Beth and Daniel

Episode 19: Meera Lee Patel

Meera Lee Patel is an illustrator and writer, whose work is focused on mental health and helping people feel more connected to themselves. She is the author of My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown, and two beautiful journals: Made Out of Stars, and Start Where You Are.

In this episode, we chat about pushing through fear, and the freedom that comes from both being wholly yourself and learning that not everyone is for you and that’s OK.

She tells her story about when she realized most of her time was being spent in a way that wasn’t meaningful to her, at the same time she found herself feeling free in paining and writing. She shares her journey on how she moved towards her creative vocation full time.

We talk about physical and emotional scars and the ongoing process of being brave enough to show them to the world. And I love how she notes that talking about her own scars “brings me closer to myself but also to other people.”

Meera also speaks about how the artist process is so similar to the human process, what it is about reading both fiction and non-fiction that help her through a hard time, and much more.

I loved getting to know Meera a bit through this conversation and I know you’ll find her to be a beautiful person just as I did!

Where to find Meera:    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Where to find Meera:

Instagram

Twitter

Website




Episode 18: Emily Katz of Modern Macramé

Emily Katz of Modern Macramé is an artist (in many forms!) based in Portland, OR.

This conversation is woven with so many nuggets of wisdom from Emily. She tells us about her beautiful creative story, and I really loved how she calls out that even though on the outside it might look like everything “just happened” and fell into her lap, that while yes there was a kismet magic to her story, that it’s all about what you do with it. And she really has done so much.

She also shares some of her coping mechanisms for when she’s going through a rough day including her go-to activity to lift her spirits. She speaks about those moments that happen to all of us - as she puts it “even if you have everything that you imagine and dreamt up, you can still feel terrible” - and about learning to forgive yourself when you do feel that way, remembering that we all do sometimes.

We cover a lot of ground in the episode! I think Emily is so inspiring and lovely, and I know you are going to really enjoy hearing her story.

Where to find Emily:    Instagram     Website

Where to find Emily:

Instagram


Website

Episode 17: Griff Goldsmith of Dawes

Griff Goldsmith is a Los Angeles-based musician in the band Dawes. In this episode, we chat about his life as a touring musician, and his love of books and dogs.

He shares how introspection and mindfulness help him get through moments of stress or unease. We also talk a lot about the mind-body connection and how being mentally unhealthy can manifest itself into the body. He tells his own story about what he describes as a “revelatory experience” around his back pain.

He also shares the invaluable lesson his brother Taylor has imparted on him, and a whole lot more!

Where to find Griff (and Dawes):    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Where to find Griff (and Dawes):

Instagram

Twitter

Website

Episode 16: Misty Boyce

Misty Boyce is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is part of the band Lord Huron and has an incredible solo career to boot! Her latest album is called "Get Lost" and touches on the hard stuff in life including tragedy and loss, depression, and what can be the emptiness of fame.

In addition to her solo career, Misty has performed and toured with many notable artists including Sara Bareilles.

I got a chance to catch up with Misty in her home studio in LA and I loved this conversation so much. Misty is a new friend, but someone I connected with instantly. We talk about getting through the lowest of lows. Moving from devastation to freedom. On tackling body image issues as women. On pushing through fear, and as she so perfectly says, “When you tackle the heavy, dark things, they become light...do not run away from them.”

She also talks about her incredible path in music (which started when she was nine!), shares some special musical moments (like being in the vocal booth with Sting!), how meditation has been life-changing, and so much more.

Plus, she shares her “favorite” list, including her go-to song to sing in the shower!

Where to find Misty:    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Where to find Misty:

Instagram

Twitter

Website


Episode 15: Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen

Sara Forte is the creator of the award winning food blog Sprouted Kitchen, as well as the author of two cookbooks - James Beard nominee Sprouted Kitchen and Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon. She is based in Southern California.

I first stumbled onto her blog some years ago and before I even tried any of her recipes I fell in love with her writing, and the way she wrote so truthfully about life stuff. In this episode we talk about her love of journal style writing, and how she writes more of the story of the “why” behind the food rather then “just about the tomato sauce”.

I really loved her response to my “how do you move through a bad day” question where she talks about pivoting towards an action step to move out of it.

She also shares her story on being self-employed as a creative, what it’s like being spouse, co-parent and creative partners with her husband, and we gush about why Trader Joe’s in so awesome.

She tells us what she likes in her salads, some of her favorite people, places and things, and a lot more!

Where to find Sara:   Instagram    Website

Where to find Sara:

Instagram

Website

Episode 14: Oh Pep!

Oh Pep! are indie-folk/pop duo Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs.

They are from Melbourne, Australia but we were able to catch up in person while they were on tour in the US (with our mutual friend Gregory Alan Isakov) in support of their new album I Wasn't Only Thinking About You.

We cover a lot of ground in this conversation (with lots of giggling along the way!).

They share the story of how they came together as a band, and tell us about something outside of music that they both want to do.

We talk about the grounding nature of journaling, the beauty and romance of handwritten letters, and some of the challenges (and benefits!) of a life on the road.

They also share some “favorites”, including their musical and personal inspirations, though Liv so beautifully adds that to her, it’s “more that there are moments that are really inspirational than people.”

I so enjoyed catching up with these two wonderful friends and I know you’re going to love getting to know them a bit!

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Where to find Oh Pep!:

Instagram

Twitter

Website

Episode 13: Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats)

Eric D. Johnson is a songwriter, musician and producer. He has been in The Shins, Califone, and his current musical project is Fruit Bats.

He’s also a really great guy, and I feel lucky to call him a friend! 

In this episode, Eric gives some solid advice to young artists, and tells us why failing (“hopefully not spectacularly”) can be a really good thing.

We talk about the good and bad of social media. He also shares some great tour stories, talks about the differences between joining someone else’s band as a “side guy” (as he did in The Shins) vs. doing his own thing, fan interactions (and how he wants to make a graphic novel about this! - I can’t wait), the book that had a major impact on him, and a whole lot more. 

Photo by  Annie Beedy    Where to find Eric:    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Photo by Annie Beedy

Where to find Eric:

Instagram

Twitter

Website

Episode 12: Hollis Wong-Wear

Hollis Wong-Wear is a songwriter, musician, speaker, and community advocate based in Los Angeles. She is the lead vocalist of the electronic R&B trio The Flavr Blue, and was GRAMMY nominated for Album of the Year for her vocal performance of “White Walls” on The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

In this episode, Hollis shares why her intention of creating real impact through her art is so important to her, and tells her story of how spoken word poetry is where she first honed her storytelling skills.

Hollis shares a time in her life when perceptively everything looked good but on the inside she felt really down on herself. She tells us what helped her through that time and I think it’s so important to hear - not only because we all need to be reminded that perception is not reality but also because she shares really practical advice on how to get through those times we feel empty inside.

We talk about the collaborative and powerful relationship of mentorship, and a lot more!

Hollis also shares some of her favorites - a person, place, food, and book!

Where to find Hollis:    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Where to find Hollis:

Instagram

Twitter

Website




Episode 11: Liza Anne

Liza Anne is a songwriter and musician based in Nashville, TN.

Her latest album is titled “Fine But Dying” and I love how raw and honest every song on that album is. In this episode, we talk a lot about mental health. She explains the duality of being introverted but also wanting to being around people. I really loved how she says getting older is “an eternal homecoming”, and how she describes what small talk feels like (as if everyone is "playing a part”).

Liza shares how she gets through life’s challenging times: whether just a moment or day, or much longer. We talk about the importance of finding a good therapist (go on a few blind dates with therapists until you find the right one!), and you’ll hear her talk about what the women in her life have meant to her.

She also talks about her love for Sex and the City, favorite album, favorite song, city, memory/feeling and more!

Photo by Roland Songco.    Where to find Liza Anne    Instagram    Facebook    Twitter    Website

Photo by Roland Songco.

Where to find Liza Anne

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Episode 10: Tom Renaud of Lord Huron

Tom Renaud is a member of Lord Huron, based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s also one of my dear friends!

In the episode, Tom tells us how Lord Huron came to be, about curating a taco with his band, and his love of food, cooking, and travel. He also speaks about the post-tour come down that inevitably happens as a touring musician, what he does to manage stress on the road, and the one thing that clears his head. Tom has been a good friend of mine for years and I can tell you he is one of the kindest people I know. While interviewing him for this podcast, I actually learned some new things about him! I’m excited for you to get to know him a bit.

Tom also shares his favorite podcast, album(s), place, and more!

Photo: Nicole Busch for Goldenvoice.

Photo: Nicole Busch for Goldenvoice.

Episode 9: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is a singer-songwriter based in Northampton, MA. She sings the theme song for this podcast! She is also my best friend. So, you'll have get through a bit of of us giggling and gushing, but it's worth it to hear her beautiful story - I promise!

In this episode, Heather shares how going through a bout of depression led her to spending three years at a silent meditation retreat center and how meditation changed her life. I love the simple but profound mantra that came to her during that time “If your heart is aching, let it ache.” We also talk about the power of female friendship and being mirrors to each other, long-distance friendships, being highly sensitive which she so perfectly describes as an “overload of information”, and about being independent in romantic relationships. Oh, and as I knew we would, we talk about our deep love for Joni Mitchell, and a whole lot more.

Heather also shares her favorite book, album, podcast and more!

This is a particularly special episode to me. I hope it feels like something special to you, too!

Where to find Heather:    Website    Instagram    Twitter    Facebook

Where to find Heather:

Website

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook


Episode 8: Catherine Russell

Catherine (“Cat”) Russell. Backup singer/collaborator to David Bowie, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton (and many more!), and her legendary father (the late Luis Russell) was Louis Armstrong’s musical director. She is also an incredible Jazz Musician - her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, received a Grammy Nomination.

As you can imagine, Cat has incredibly dazzling stories to share, and you’ll hear some of them on this episode. For example what it was like to sing duets with David Bowie night after night, why singing with Dolly Parton - who she describes as the “sweetest, most real person” is one of her all-time favorite experiences, and what Louis Armstrong meant to her. She also talks about singing with Steely Dan (she’s been working with them over the last 25 years and counting), Paul Simon, her dear friend Cindy Lauper, and more. She has an incredibly rich musical background and you’ll love to hear these stories. But to me, she is the person who taught me how to sing the Blues, who helped me move through my first real heartbreak, and the woman who continues to mentor and care for me through life’s challenges and joys. She’s still one of my all-time favorite people to sit down with over a cup of tea to talk about music, men, work, friendship, LIFE. As you’ll hear in the interview, she talks about being honest with her feelings, about emotional learnings, the things no one teaches us about it school - and how list writing helps when her mind is racing.

Because Catherine has taught me so much about life and music I thought it was fitting to have her as our first artist in the “mentor series” of this podcast. I love her to pieces, and know you will, too!

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Where to find Catherine:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Episode 7: Sam Outlaw

Sam Outlaw is a singer-songwriter from Southern California who is currently based in Nashville, TN.

I’ve known Sam for a few years and I have always appreciated his unfiltered honesty about moving through life’s challenges. In this episode, we talk in depth about mental health. Sam describes what going through a season of depression and panic attacks really feels like, and how he has gotten through it. He also talks about the moment he left his high-paying job to pursue the dream that kept tugging at him, and what it’s been like sharing the stage and opening for Kacey Musgraves and Sheryl Crow, among others.

Sam also shares a musical idol of his, a favorite song, place, book, podcast and more!

Where to find Sam:    Website    Instagram    Twitter

Where to find Sam:

Website

Instagram

Twitter

Episode 6: Dessa

Dessa is a rapper, singer, and essayist. She has landed on the Billboard Top 200 as a solo artist, as a member of the Doomtree collective, and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. As an author, her memoir-in-essays entitled My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love was published in September 2018 by Dutton Books.

In this episode, Dessa talks about making her living in the language arts, how slam poetry led her to Doomtree, and the difference between telling her story in song form vs. book form. She also speaks about the the unique type of heartbreak that followed after falling in love with her bandmate, post-tour depression, and the un-glamorous parts of being on the road (the reality behind the pretty Instagram photos that you don’t always see).

Dessa also shares a favorite memory, book, place, podcast and more!

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Episode 5: Steve Varney

Steve Varney is the guitarist for Gregory Alan Isakov and leader of Kid Reverie, a rock band out of Denver, CO.

In this episode, Steve talks about what it’s like being a touring dad (and how technology helps!), emotional rebuilding, turning towards music during the hardest times, touring with his best friend and neighbor Gregory Alan Isakov, and about his stutter which he describes as an “uncontrollable vulnerability.”

Steve also shares his favorite song, album, book and more!

Where to find Steve:    Instagram    Website

Where to find Steve:

Instagram

Website

Episode 4: Anna Tivel

Anna Tivel is a singer, songwriter, and poet based in Portland, OR. Her fourth full-length album is due out Spring 2019.

In this episode, Anna talks about how she stumbled into songwriting, on being sensitive, linguistics, finding comfort in books and music, the lost art of handwritten letters, and what kind of people are her greatest teachers.

Anna also shares a favorite memory, book, song and record.

Where to find Anna:    Instagram    Facebook    Spotify    Website