Ariel Bloomer is the vocalist and songwriter of the alt-rock band Icon For Hire, author of “Turn Your Pain Into Art”, and an accomplished speaker and mental health advocate. In this episode, Ariel and Jade talk about the value of authenticity, vulnerability, and the pitfalls of toxic positivity. Ariel talks about her creative process for shaping raw pain into purposeful art, while Jade recounts working with teens on the psych ward and the importance of music in coping.

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Jade is an RN on a mission to bridge the gap between public health and entertainment in a post-pandemic world. She attempts to redefine the concept of the "essential worker" via candid interviews with creatives about navigating medical and mental healthcare in their respective industries. And, as with everything else, she's doing it all with a healthy dose of humor.

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Danny Bland is a novelist, haikuist, tour manager, and master storyteller–and oh boy, he's got a lot of them to tell. Danny got his start in the music industry as a guitarist in Cat Butt, one of the earliest bands signed to Sub Pop (y'know–the label credited with birthing the Seattle grunge movement in the early '90s). Danny found himself in the throes of addiction by 1992 when his bandmate–at a loss for how to help him–called Danny's ex-Marine father. In this episode, Danny talks about his journey to and through addiction, and how he managed to continue his career in the music industry in spite of being one of the only sober people he knew at the time. Danny artfully weaves humor and anecdotes into his message of helping yourself through service of others. He's liable to bring you to laughter, to tears, and back again before you'll even know what's hit you. These days, you can usually find Danny on tour with Dave Alvin, the MC5, or the legendary Steve Earle–who lost his son, Justin Townes Earle, to addiction in August of 2020.

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Jade is an RN on a mission to bridge the gap between healthcare and the arts in a post-pandemic world. She attempts to redefine the concept of the "essential worker" via candid interviews with creatives about navigating medical and mental healthcare in their respective industries. And, as with everything else, she's doing it all with a healthy dose of humor.

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Welcome to the very first bonus episode! This one will be available for free to everyone as a thank you for checking out the podcast, and as a preview of what's to come. In this bonus episode, Jordan and I talk about growing up together in South Dakota, musical influences, and people who have made us smile during lockdown. If you would like access to bonus content that will be released with every episode, please check out these pages where you can become a patron! (And be sure to check out the full-length interview with Jordan for the very first episode of Backstage Triage!)

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Jade is an RN on a mission to bridge the gap between healthcare and the arts in a post-pandemic world. She attempts to redefine the concept of the "essential worker" via candid interviews with creatives about navigating medical and mental healthcare in their respective industries. And, as with everything else, she's doing it all with a healthy dose of humor.

It’s no secret that 2020 tried to kill us. It probably tried to kill you, too! But here we are! Nashville guitarist and long-time friend, Jordan Merrigan, talks candidly about COVID-19, Nashville tornadoes, activism, and his story as a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on the Las Vegas Strip in 2017. Jordan shares his experience overcoming trauma with support from Nashville organizations, as well as the larger music community. He’ll recount returning to the stage with country artist Dylan Schneider and their bandmates, reclaiming music as his sanctuary just five days after what is, to this day, the deadliest single-shooter event in United States history. 

Jade is an RN on a mission to bridge the gap between healthcare and the arts in a post-pandemic world. She attempts to redefine the concept of the "essential worker" via candid interviews with creatives about navigating medical and mental healthcare in their respective industries. And, as with everything else, she's doing it all with a healthy dose of humor.

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Hey all! Introducing a new project from me, your pal @backlinenurse. Very excited about the guests on deck for y’all. I’ll be bringing you stories from the folks who help bring us the music and art we love about their experiences navigating physical and mental health as essential contributors to a gig-based industry. We’ll talk about past experiences, creating art in isolation, what the future looks like, and everything in between. Stay tuned for first episode info, comin’ at ya next week.

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