Backstage Triage

Backstage Triage

A funny yet candid dive into the overlap of entertainment and public health.


July 1, 2021 46 mins

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 ...

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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 Dann...

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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 pag...

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April 19, 2021 73 mins

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 musi...

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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 everythi...

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