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River of Suck
70 minutes | Dec 28, 2022
29 - Jason Anick - There Is No Top of the Mountain
Join jazz violin virtuoso, Jason Anick, as he shares his personal journey through the River of Suck. Jason and host, Andy Reiner, explore strategies for reframing shortcomings, navigating comparisons to others, and reimagining the growth mindset. In a River of Suck podcast first, Jason’s father waltzes into the conversation to share childhood stories about Jason. And Jason reveals a hidden truth: there is no top of the mountain. The episode finishes with a BONUS conversation with River of Suck podcast interns from CU Boulder - on skis, on a chairlift!
98 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
28 - Chris Turner - Harmonica Traveler
Sit down with harmonica master, Chris Turner, as he recounts his wild and often misadventurous stories with host Andy Reiner. Together, they discuss profound topics such as the ways which music keeps us alive, how art is bigger than what we make it to be, and what music really is. From free jazz jam sessions to going through a minefield as a stowaway, Chris reflects on all the chaos that makes being a musician a one-of-a-kind lifestyle, and how the River of Suck doesn’t have to be all that bad.
48 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
27 - Martha Mooke - Vibe Wizard
Embark on a magical journey through the universe of sound guided by the Vibe Wizard herself, electric violist Martha Mooke. Martha has created musical arrangements for the likes of Phoebe Bridgers and Sturgill Simpson, performed alongside Elton John and Philip Glass, and is a trailblazer in strings education. Explore the philosophy of improvisation, listen to host Andy Reiner muse about goals, and shatter doubt from the heart with a throng of electric strings. Hear Martha Mooke connect the body to the mind. Soak in soothing modern soundscapes and learn how to become the youest you.
57 minutes | May 25, 2022
26 - Melissa Tong - Sometimes My Feelings Come Out Of My Eyeballs
New York-based musician Melissa Tong, joins River of Suck podcast host, Andy Reiner, for a deep and vulnerable coversation LIVE at Fiddle Hell Online. Follow Melissa’s journey from her experiences with racial and achievement bullying to her rocky path to Broadway (an overnight success in 18 short years). Arriving in NYC to not one single gig, Melissa epitomizes tenacity. Find out why someone might take a million first steps along the way. This essential episode also offers a view into musician’s trade secrets: preparing to feel anxious in high-pressure performance situations. “Sometimes my feelings come out of my eyeballs.”
85 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
25 - Tracy Silverman - On The Dartboard
Six-String Electric Violinist, Tracy Silverman, shares deep thoughts about the emotional side of his musical journey. From the future of string playing to tales of suffering. Learn about high level performance mind techniques. Listen to host Andy Reiner Debunk the FEAR acronym. Visualization before performance, walking a tight wire between seemingly different words, and DANGER - both perceived and real.
76 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
24 - Bonnie & Taylor Sims - Shade Follows The Sun
Sharing horror stories from their musical pasts, musicians Bonnie and Taylor Sims (of Everybody Loves An Outlaw) invite host Andy Reiner into their Colorado living room for deep conversations in the River of Suck. Confidence and anxiety feedback loops. Gig nightmares. Energy sources. Searching for flow states. Fear management. Self-deprecation. Ruffling feathers. Going viral. How does a long and prosperous journey into love and music survive insane challenges? Warning: Explicit Content.
91 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
23 - Jason Lai - You're Not Broken
Travel along the River of Suck with host Andy Reiner and guest Jason Lai for a stunning meditation on the two inescapable qualities of being alive – life and death. Composer, performer, and speaker, Jason shows the importance of vulnerability as he cannonballs into his experience with suck. How can a focus on your body lead to confidence and mindfulness? How can we turn thought piranhas of narcissism and self-doubt into something positive? Don’t forget, we need darkness to see light.
74 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
22 - Olivia Meikle - You Don’t Need A Dream
Welcome back to the River of Suck Podcast! Join host Andy Reiner and guest Olivia Meikle as they dive deep into their own experiences swimming in suck. Co-host of WhatsHerName, professor, writer, Olivia explores into the struggles of producing podcasts, and the fulfillment of working hard through the difficult moments. How do you protect yourself in a raging river? A wetsuit, of course! Olivia investigates what one needs to to protect themselves from piranhas and dangerous rocks under the surface.
54 minutes | May 27, 2021
21 - Billy Contreras: A Heartbeat’s Favorite Tune
What is the first step to getting better at something? Realizing you suck at it. Recorded live from a blue-skied park in Nashville, Billy Contreras and host, Andy Reiner, discuss shoving off the shore into the River of Suck and paddling through the cycle of learning, practicing, performing, and sucking. Billy speaks to his experience as a seasoned performer always looking to improve. His answer? “Always be on the cutting edge of yourself”. In this very special live episode, Billy expresses the importance of appreciating the journey rather than the destination.
71 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
20 - Jonathan Scales - Hallway of Possibilities
From Lurkin’ in the parking lot outside Flecktones concerts, to recording and performing with Victor Wooten and Bela Fleck, composer and steel pannist, Jonathan Scales, has surpassed his biggest dreams, yet found them to be a beginning, rather than an end. Discover the mindstate of Fake Buddha’s Inner Child, take a stroll down the Hallway of Possibilities, take a trip to Mauritania, and learn the emotional meaning behind Jonathan’s instrumental music in this heady episode.
58 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
19 - Josh Holder - Fear Is My Business
Recorded deep in the mine shaft of the Frightmare Compound Haunted House, River of Suck podcast episode 19 is a journey into fear with owner, Josh Holder. After a Halloween season working as a scare actor, host Andy Reiner asks: who goes to haunted houses and why? How do zombies swim in the River of Suck? What scares the folks who build the scenes? Clowns, real weapons, decapitated heads, crashed airplanes - Tune in and live that fear positive life.
51 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
18 - Joe Buckner - Fighting Solves Everything
How does one manifest success? When is it the right time to take a chance on yourself? What is the point of engaging in conversation - especially when the other participant holds diametrically opposed views? This episode traces the rise of Joe Buckner as he follows his dreams. But while his inspirational ideas are proven in his own boxing gym, Joe’s message is too big to be contained within any walls. And in a time of great polarization, Joe shows us the path to greater understanding.
67 minutes | May 27, 2020
17 - Che Apalache - Sing About A Better World
Masters of music as a platform to bring about change and empathy, Che Apalache sings about a better world. In one of the last golden moments of bands touring in 2020, this Grammy-nominated string band, with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States, performed in Colorado and sat down with River of Suck host, Andy Reiner. Time travel back to this beautiful moment to learn how Che Apalache found their individual and collective voices - and take away some secrets to find - and use - your own.
56 minutes | May 1, 2020
16 - Enion Pelta-Tiller - An Improvised Life
Open your mind to an improvised life with special guest, fiddler Enion Pelta-Tiller. Together, host Andy Reiner and Enion examine the struggle of staying positive while playing one of the world’s hardest instruments and share secrets of how to get unstuck. For Enion, the River of Suck is a River of Discovery which goes deep … down into the crevasse, into a big world filled with lights and beautiful, alien, sea creatures. Sing along, find a healthy outlet for your tensions and fears, and learn balance from the universe.
69 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
15 - Kristen Ulmer - Fear and the Art of Swimming with Thought Piranhas
Discover the meaning of life as Kristen Ulmer reveals her incredible solutions to living with fear and anxiety .. AKA being a human. In this life-changing interview, Kristen shares her spectacular insights gained from her meteoric rise from pro skier to fear and anxiety expert. Together with host Andy Reiner, they dive headfirst into the River of Suck, and learn how to swim with thought piranhas. These are the real-deal, practical zen strategies you’ve been waiting for.
54 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
14 - The Jonny Miller vs. J Robert Miller Paradox
From Electrician to Musician - from beginner to professional - J's incredible rise from bluegrass fan to sharing the stage with Yonder Mountain String Band is the epitome of swimming the River of Suck - forging ahead with unstoppable passion, no matter the obstacles. Packed with mandolin and fiddle jams, the journey from Jonny Miller to J Robert Miller is an epic personal quest of music, health and achieving the best version of one's self - the youest you.
64 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
13 - Temple Grandin - Think Simple
What can we learn from someone who thinks in pictures? For the premiere of Season 2, Andy Reiner interviews Dr. Temple Grandin - an animal scientist, author, public speaker, and inspirational figure to the autistic community. How do we solve big problems with simple, logical solutions? What do animals feel? How do we handle fear and reach a flow state? Listen for Temple's enlightened answers and unique perspective.
38 minutes | Dec 28, 2019
12 - Alex Hargreaves - Live from Fiddle Hell
Alex Hargreaves and Andy Reiner share tunes and talk shop - live at Fiddle Hell with the River of Suck Swim Team! Dueling twin fiddles set the scene with improvised musical moments. With an enthusiastic studio audience, good vibes abound for an open discussion about healthy musical attitudes and secrets to handle thought piranhas, downward thought spirals, improving musicianship, and playing with one's heroes.
58 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
11 - Anne A. Madden - Bugs on Bugs
Bugs on Bugs is a pivotal River of Suck episode about the intersection of microbial science, mental health and the learning process. Anne A. Madden's experience speaking at TED conferences, thinking outside of the box and winning bizarre awards brings a delightful whimsy to swimming the River of Suck. “When are the thought piranhas really piranhas - and when are they minnows with big shadows?” What's *your* turtle moment?
53 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
10 - Courtney Hartman - From Here to Here
"From Here to Here" details Courtney Hartman's musical journey from her childhood home in Colorado to her current massive project renovating a barn on the same property. Formerly of bluegrass band Della Mae, Courtney's insights into emotions, fear and creativity present a refreshingly honest view into the mind of an artist, willing to share what she has learned from her experiences with all of us. Courtney and host Andy Reiner's conversation presents a seminal chapter in River of Suck philosophy, laced with guitar licks, original fiddle tunes, and a song from her new album.
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