Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Episode 014 - Tammy Trent

Yes, it's true, I got a bit misty while I was talking with this week's guest, Tammy Trent, at The Frothy Monkey. But who wouldn't? If you're familiar with Tammy, you may already know about the loss of her husband back in September 2001. If that's all you know about her, though, then you're missing a lot of the story. 

I freely admit I was a bit apprehensive asking her about her husband, Trent. What could I ask? Would it be rude? Prying? Insensitive? Isn't it a bit weird for a (mostly) total stranger to expect you to open up about the most trying time of your life?

Sitting down with Tammy, though, any fears or reservations I had quickly disappeared. She has a warm air about her that immediately makes you feel comfortable, like catching up with a long lost friend. 

It wasn't her story of loss that made my eyes well up. It wasn't the tale of how she and Trent fell in love, knowing what was coming down the road, or hearing her tell about that fateful day the rest of us remember for a completely different reason. My eyes got watery when she talked about how now, surrounded by a joy and happiness only God can bring, she dances.


You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Episode 013 - Lane Wright

What do you think of when you think of Nashville? If your first answer wasn't "theater," then you're missing out on one of the lesser-talked-about gems of Music City. There's a vast and vibrant theater life bubbling below the glitz and glamour of music and boot-scootin-boogies. Lane Wright is the perfect person to introduce you to the life behind the Nashville curtain.

A native of the city (a pretty rare feat in itself!) and a lifelong lover of theater, Lane makes for an excellent tour guide through the vast history of the craft in Nashville. Both an actor and director, Lane has a real passion for supporting the arts and keeping them alive. For those who may not know what it takes to call yourself a professional actor, Lane sheds light on the struggles and triumphs that come with the life.

Lane and I sat down in his dining room where he was kind of enough to answer all of my questions with an enthusiastic smile. This is a guy who loves what he does and loves to share that passion with others.

You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Episode 012 - Randall Goodgame

There seems to be a running theme in the people I talk with. When I listened back to myself telling Randall Goodgame what a nice guy he is, it struck me that I've said the same thing to a lot of my past guests. At first I wondered if it was some sort of interviewing crutch I never knew I had, but then it struck me: Maybe I'm just fortunate enough to have a lot of really nice acquaintances.

That's definitely the case with Randall Goodgame and you don't have to be with him long to realize it. Genuine, kind, quick to smile, and even quicker to laugh, Randall is one of those guys it's super-easy to root for. 

The night before our interview, Randall sent me a copy of his new album and to say I was blown away would be an understatement. I was glad to have the chance to give him my feedback in person and he's humble and gracious when complimented. I could learn a thing or two from this guy.

We chatted in The Frothy Monkey in Franklin TN for almost an hour and then chatted for a little longer after the "official" interview was over. I was glad to have finally had the chance to hang out with him after hearing such good things from my past guests, Fred McNaughton and Lisa Landis. Something tells me you'll like hanging out with him, too.

You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Episode 011 - Lisa Landis

You might think you know Lisa Landis. Perhaps you listen to her on the air on WJTL's Get Up and Go Show or on The Kids Cookie Break. Perhaps you've bumped into her at the numerous local events she attends or maybe you just run into her each week at the Lancaster Farmer's Market. You may have written, talked to her on the request line, or even attended one of the many cool functions she and her husband John have held.

But do you know the whole story? Not just the middle part or the most recent part, but everything from beginning to end? Have you heard the one about the time(s) she was at the Saturday Night Live after party? Or the real reason she moved to Florida? Or which famous radio personality she worked for in New York City? Or what she would say - if anything - to Woody Allen if she saw him on the street?

The answers to all of those queries - and more - are here in the newest episode of Foot in the Door. From the very beginning as she fantasized about being Nancy Drew to the summer of 2013 where she experienced a very real brush with death, you'll love sitting down with Lisa and getting...the rest of the story.

You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Episode 010 - The Sweet Sorrows

A few weeks ago, our apartment was buzzing with a variety of accents and I loved it. My wife and I both have the standard Midwestern accent although mine has been distorted along the way by time spent in California, New York, Tennessee, and Georgia. And then, of course, there were my guests, The Sweet Sorrows, Sammy and Kylie Horner.

Sammy originally hails from Northern Ireland, spent some time in Scotland, moved to Canada, and has his eye on the States. Kylie comes to us via Australia with a brief childhood stopover in England for a few years.

Needless to say, the accents were music to my ears.

Of course, the accents aren't the only reason I love hanging out with the Horners; it's the fact that they're such great people. Real people. Down to Earth people. People with no time for messin' around people. My kinda people. And I like hanging around my kinda people.

I first met Sammy when he stopped by the WJTL trailer during the Creation festival in the late 90s. He was there with The Electrics and after that first encounter, I knew this was a guy with whom I wanted to stay in touch. Fortunately we continued to exchange emails riddled with inside jokes over the years and I was glad to finally get a chance to see him again. Not only was I stoked to see him perform live after what can only be described as way too long, I also got to meet his wife, Kylie. 

Sammy and Kylie are beautiful together and complement each other in every way, both on stage and off. My wife and I welcomed Sammy and Kylie to the house in early November and over a cup of coffee I got to learn not only about them and where they came from, but also about Ireland, life, art, who pulls Santa's sleigh in Australia, and who Jesus really was (Hint: He liked to party). It's a great episode that goes well with your favorite blend - or brew - and I'm happy to share our conversation.

You can CLICK HERE to listen on iTunes or CLICK HERE to listen on Stitcher. Enjoy!