The Pivot
062 - Garett and Carrie Buell

062 - Garett and Carrie Buell

September 9, 2019

Garett and Carrie Buell met and married when Garett and I were in the band Caedmon’s Call together, and Carrie was in a band called Alathea. Since leaving music full-time, they have started an incredibly successful real estate and architectural photography business, Studio Buell, with a staff of eleven photographers, also mostly former musicians.

This was a delightful trip down memory lane of how their bands were started, being mentored by Rich Mullins, and how a visit to a Compassion site in Ecuador and a shared love of cameras started this whole deal. Carrie and Garett are so much fun and it was great to catch up and be inspired by their story.

For more about Garett and Carrie, please visit:

https://www.studiobuell.com

https://www.instagram.com/studiobuell/

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061 - Don Donahue

061 - Don Donahue

August 26, 2019

Don Donahue might not be a familiar name to most of you, and that’s how he likes it. But as a kid reading liner notes in his bedroom in Illinois, there were three or four names that always seemed to pop up on album after album and Don Donahue was one of them. Turns out he was A&R on some of the most important albums of my youth, Michael W Smith’s “Change Your World”, Rich Mullins “The World As Best As I Remember It” and “Liturgy, Legacy”. I do that exact job now, A&R, but I didn’t know then what it was. Turns out Don might not have either.

There’s a lot more here, to starting a new label, called Rocketown, with Michael. And then having to close it down, too. Like pretty much everybody, Don has had to reconfigure, reinvent, and reinvest himself in different roles and the communities that spring up around them.

And he’s not done. What’s super fun is that he’s brought himself to the podcast to not only share his story, but also to open himself up to let you and me speak into what’s next. The end of this one is going to lead us to a different kind of episode, that will happen in about a month or so. We’re going to hear Don’s story and then if you have any thoughts or ideas or questions after our conversation, you can send them to me and Don and I will talk through them on an upcoming episode.

That’s part of a larger discussion I’ve been having about how we can make the podcast more useful and more collaborative. I’m excited to see how it goes and I encourage you to dig in and send us your questions and your thoughts.

For now, enjoy this fun and lively discussion covering a wide range of music, faith, business and community.

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060 - My (anonymous) friend from Eritrea

060 - My (anonymous) friend from Eritrea

August 20, 2019

My guest today is from the nation of Eritrea, in Northeast Africa. He has been granted legal and permanent asylum here in the US. To get here, he was smuggled through 18 countries on a terribly dangerous journey.

He is currently pursuing American citizenship and hopes to return to Eritrea someday, as a visitor. The story you’re about to hear may put some of those things in jeopardy were they to become known, so I’m just going to call him “my friend from Eritrea”.

Here is a wild, almost unbelievable, and deeply impacting story. You’ll be on the edge of your seat. I can’t stop thinking about it. My friend is a great storyteller, and THIS is a story worth telling.

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059 - Diana Beach Batarseh

059 - Diana Beach Batarseh

July 16, 2019

Diana Beach Batarseh is, and has been, a number of things. An educator, a school founder, a wife, a mother, a widow, a wife again, a gifted songwriter and a brilliant worship leader. She is one of the most thoughtful, wise, and kind people I know.

This was a wide-ranging and beautiful discussion about life and how we live it. We talk about all of these different seasons of her life and so much more. This was one of my favorite interviews, personally, and I know you are going to love it.

To learn more about Diana’s Children’s Catechism project, go to:

http://askmewhooo.com/home.html

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058 - Charlie Peacock

058 - Charlie Peacock

July 9, 2019

Charlie Peacock is a legendary record producer, songwriter, artist, author and thought leader. He’s written hit songs for Amy Grant and dc Talk, discovered and produced Switchfoot and the Civil Wars, and won multiple Grammy awards. He and his wife Andi founded the Art House, where luminaries like Eugene Peterson or Bono would came to speak, and where I now have my studio.

He is one of the most interesting and important people in the history of Christian music, and he has played a pretty important role in my life, personally, as well. He’s done everything you can think of in this business, including at one point working at a record label and dropping a little band called The Normals. (GASP!)

Charlie came back to his old home recently to sit with me and talk about his start in the music business, his first encounters with Jesus, and his family’s move to Nashville. We talked a lot about his past few years, starting a new School of Music at a university and then having to walk away to deal with health issues, and all that he’s learning in this season.

It was an incredible gift and honor to get to have this conversation and I know you’re going to love it.

The new website where Charlie and Andi are sharing their recent writings:

https://thewriterthehusband.com/

Charlie's paintings:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/OnlyInNashville

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057 - Nathan Tasker

057 - Nathan Tasker

July 1, 2019

Nathan Tasker is a father, a songwriter and, alongside his wife Cassie, a co-director of the Art House Nashville. Nathan and Cassie have had some of the highest highs and lowest lows over the past dozen years or so, and the insight and wisdom that Nathan has to share is remarkable.

This is an episode you'll wish you could underline and highlight, it's got so many wonderful moments. And a pretty great accent.

To find more info on Nathan, hear his music, and see when he's playing or speaking near you, visit:

http://www.nathantasker.com/

To learn more about the Art House:

http://www.arthousenashville.com/

http://www.ahsnashville.com/

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056 - Dennis Parker

056 - Dennis Parker

June 18, 2019

Dennis Parker was a seven-year-old banjo champion, and now he plays guitar with Ricky Skaggs. We talk about that a little, but we talk a lot more about prison, being an alcoholic, and running from responsibility until it catches up with you.

Dennis is an amazingly kind and talented man. He speaks with such wisdom, humility and vulnerability. This felt like a sacred moment and I know you will get a lot out of it.

Might be one to share, too, if you know someone who needs to hear it.

 

Check out Dennis, his music, and his weekly videos:

https://www.facebook.com/dennis.w.parker.3

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055 - Kelly Corday

055 - Kelly Corday

June 11, 2019

Kelly Corday is a radio DJ, a mother, a widow, and (for a brief time) was my cubicle neighbor at the record company where I work.

This one covers a lot of ground, as we talk about grief, family, and what it looks like when you’re in a job that’s not right, and you know it on day one.

Kelly is a lot of fun to talk to, and she also had a home video of her dog go viral, but I forgot to ask about it!

 

Check out Kelly's blog and listen to her radio show:

https://www.wayfm.com/meet-kelly/

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054 - Eric Peters

054 - Eric Peters

June 4, 2019

Eric Peters is a singer/songwriter I’ve known and admired for half my life. These days, however, you’re more likely to find him covered in grass clippings or acrylic paints than on a stage singing his songs. There are heartbreaking and beautiful reasons why, and Eric is unflinching in sharing his story with us.

Getting to share this conversation is a deep honor and am so inspired by my friend. We touch on everything from used golf books, lobster boiling, and jewelry store jingles to addiction, depression and how hard it can be to raise kids. This one goes deep fast and also made me laugh about as hard as I have all year.

Check out Eric's music, artwork, used books, and tour dates:

https://ericpeters.net/

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053 - Trillia Newbell

053 - Trillia Newbell

May 29, 2019

Trillia Newbell walked away from law school as an African-American woman because she felt God calling her to ministry. That must have seemed crazy at the time, but it has borne so much good fruit.

Today, Trillia is an accomplished author, speaker and blogger, who I first learned about when I was handed a copy of her INCREDIBLE book "God's Very Good Idea". I tracked her down because I had to learn where this book came from and learned she lived just a few minutes away, here in Nashville.

As well as a mom and fitness guru, Trillia writes a lot about the Bible, fear, race, and parenting. She’s written a series of bible studies and currently serves as the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention.

Her joy is contagious and this chat was surprising and wonderful. Check our her books and other writings at:

http://www.trillianewbell.com/

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