Movers & Thinkers: The Family Business

Jul 14, 2017

Parents pass on their genes, their values — and sometimes, their careers. When children grow up and take over the family business, how does their relationship with parents change? Do familial ties make them see the work differently? And what responsibility do they feel to pass it on to the next generation?

In this episode, we’re talking to three people who decided to follow in their parents’ footsteps: Manuel Delgado, a third-generation instrument-maker with Delgado Guitars; Amy Mears, a pastor who entered a profession that was more traditionally held by men, including her father; and Caroline Randall Williams, a writer who has published books with her mother, a novelist.

Join us for a conversation with Manuel, Amy and Caroline, hosted by Emily Siner and the WPLN newsroom.

When: Thursday, Aug. 3. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Recording begins promptly at 6.
Where: Nashville Public Radio, 630 Mainstream Dr. (directions here)
How to attend: RSVP on Eventbrite for the free event. Space is limited.

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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.