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Out of tune: The challenges of keeping a band together

Black and white photo of The Beatles holding up sandwich boards in different languages that read "All You Need is Love."
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The Beatles in 1967.

The Nose is off this week. In its place:

Everyone loves a good band breakup story.

But it’s far more unusual to find bands that manage to stay together for the long haul.

This hour we explore the challenges musicians face as they seek band harmony and discuss what makes them succeed — or fail — together.


  • Jim Chapdelaine: Guitarist, producer, Emmy Award-winning composer, recording engineer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford School of Music
  • Heather Ferguson: Psychotherapist and psychoanalyst and a member of the Music Industry Therapist Collective
  • Steven Hyden: Cultural critic at UPROXX and the author of Long Road: Pearl Jam and the Soundtrack of a Generation
  • Nerissa Nields: Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of The Nields
  • Jay Russell: Singer, songwriter, and guitarist in The Split Coils; former member of Hot Rod Circuit

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, Cat Pastor, and Lily Tyson contributed to this show, which originally aired February 9, 2023.

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Dan Fleschner is an Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and media consultant. He has covered a wide variety of events and stories for NBC Sports, NBC News, and NFL Network, including 11 Olympics, three Super Bowls and the 2008 presidential election. Among his current projects is "The Best Newsletter” on Substack.