Thursday, November 5, 2015

Episode 036 - Milam Byers

Ten years ago, if you would have asked someone who knew anything about the CCM Industry if they'd heard of Milam Byers, their answer would probably have been something along the lines of, "Yeah. He's in the band Bleach." And they would have been correct.

But something has shifted in the last ten years and I love what's happened. As people would ask me who I have coming up on the podcast and I would tell them that Milam's episode is on the way, I would see their faces light up. "I love that guy!" "He's so nice!" and "He's great to be around!" were all responses I got on more than one occasion. 

Stop and think about that. In a time when everyone is identified by their career or what they do (John? He's a painter. Mary? She's a bank teller. Steve? Oh yeah, the guy at the hardware store), Milam is identified by who he is. That's pretty incredible, if you ask me.

Listen to this conversation with Milam and you'll start to understand why his rep is something we should all strive to have. 

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Episode 035 - John Tibbs

I have a saying. Not really a saying, I guess, but more of a mantra. Or not even a mantra, just a belief. Not like an -ism kind of belief but...well now I've made it deeper than it probably needs to be. Basically, I like it when good things happen to good people. However you wanna classify that sentiment is fine with me. 

Actually, yeah. I'll go with "sentiment."

I have a sentiment about good things happening to good people, and that sentiment is: I like when that happens. Such is the case with my latest guest, John Tibbs

I sat down at the offices of Fair Trade Services in Nashville with John a couple of months ago and to say he was excited about his future would be putting it lightly. He was excited about his new upcoming music and was really eager for people to hear it. I can't blame him. I was given a sneak peek listen to his new single, "Dead Man Walking" (available now!) and I knew he had accomplished exactly what he set out to do. 

But what brought him to that point? Where did this guy come from? And did he really get to hold Punxsutawney Phil? Found out in this episode!


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Episode 034 - David Dunn

David Dunn is the kind of musician who writes songs that punch you in the gut. Not in a bad way where you walk away with bruises, mumbling about an assault charge, but in the kind of way you want songs to hit you. His lyrics are honest and transparent and are written from the point of view of someone who doesn't have all of the answers all of the time, but knows there's no shame in admitting it. 

I had the opportunity to sit down with David at The Frothy Monkey in downtown Nashville TN and it was a conversation I won't soon forget. David is the kind of guy who immediately makes you feel at home and it was if we'd known each other for years. Like every great songwriter, David is a natural storyteller and I can't wait for you to hear his tales of Texas oil, being the Odd Man Out in Africa, the audition process for NBC's "The Voice," and the creepy secrets inside The Pink Lady.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Episode 033 - Ryan Daniel

It's been a while since there's been a new episode and I'm excited to break the momentary radio silence with this conversation I had last week with Ryan Daniel (Among the Thirsty)

My wife Sarah and I traveled to Nashville last week and while she spent her time at the Beachbody convention downtown, I spent the majority of my time hanging out in Franklin drinking coffee and sitting down to chat with great people like Ryan. 

Super-friendly, a sharp sense of humor, and just an all-around great guy, hanging out with Ryan makes you want to toss out any other plans you may have had and just spend the rest of the day talking about everything you didn't cover during the interview. It was a great way to start a new round of podcast episodes and I know you'll enjoy spending some time with him as well to find out how he got his start in music, what challenges he faces as a new/not-new band, and how something as small as carpeting can ruin the E.T. ride.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Episode 032 - Ben Kristijanto

Yes, Ben Kristijanto is the frontman for the band Bread of Stone, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Born in America, raised in Indonesia for the first nine years of his life, and then transplanted back to the States, Ben's unique upbringing has given him an infectious passion for life, helping others, and serving God.

I was pleased to have the chance to sit down with Ben via Skype - he in his home studio in Iowa and I in my own corner of Amish Paradise - where the conversation flowed easily. Time flew by while I spoke with Ben and I found myself looking at the clock in disbelief when 45 minutes had whizzed by. It felt like we were just getting started.

Yes, every band has its own unique story on how they became a band but I'm sure none are nearly as unique as the tale behind the formulation of Bread of Stone. Join us for a fun conversation about music, going to elementary school without knowing the language, and why Ben returns to Indonesia on a regular basis. No matter where you stand with God - whether you believe, don't believe, or aren't sure what you believe - keep an open mind. I'll wager that by the time our conversation is over, you may find yourself in a new place. And that's a good thing.

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