Parents pass on their genes, their values — and sometimes, their careers. These guests have taken on the family business, which has connected them more to their parents but, at times, tested their relationships and created lofty expectations. Featuring third-generation luthier Manuel Delgado, second-generation pastor Amy Mears, and poet Caroline Randall Williams, who has written books with her mother.
The show's host is Emily Siner. Its editors are Mack Linebaugh, Anita Bugg and Blake Farmer, and its engineers are Carl Pederson and Cameron Adkins. Music by Blue Dot Sessions. To find more Nashville Public Radio podcasts, go to podcasts.wpln.org.
Manuel Delgado is a third-generation luthier with a history of instrument-making that dates back to 1928. Manuel’s grandfather and great-uncle started the family business, which was later passed down to Manuel’s father, then to him. Manuel began playing guitar at the age of 5, entered into guitar repairing at 7 and built his first guitar at 12, which he still proudly owns and plays. The family has a client list that includes iconic musicians like Andrès Segovia, Burl Ives, Old Crow Medicine Show, Arlo Guthrie, Jose Feliciano, Charo and Jackson Browne. Delgado also works with school districts around the U.S. to grow or create music programs.
Amy Mears is pastor of Glendale Baptist Church in Nashville. She’s mother of four and daughter of two: one who spent his entire career as a pastor in South Carolina, and one whose ministry, though less formal, was no less pastoral. Amy has been a camp minister, a youth minister, a hospital chaplain and an associate pastor before coming to Nashville in 2004 to become one of Glendale’s pastors. She teaches seminary courses in the areas of preaching and worship. She enjoys hiking, riding, reading, swimming, cooking, traveling and anything that involves processing fiber for knitting and weaving.
Caroline Randall Williams is a young adult novelist and poet. She’s written two books with her mother, the novelist Alice Randall, including a cookbook. Soul Food Love, published in 2015, goes beyond basic recipes to cover the past, present and future of a misunderstood cuisine. Her poetry has appeared in several journals, including The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review and Palimpsest. Her debut poetry collection, Lucy Negro, Redux, came out in 2015. Randall Williams has been named by Southern Living magazine as one of the "50 People Changing the South.” She is currently writer-in-residence at Fisk University.