Phil Madeira: Mercyland [LDT036]

Phil Madeira
Phil Madeira

Hi, Lovers – I want to welcome to season two of Love In A Dangerous Time. I know it’s been a long time since my last episode, and I never put out a “see you after the summer” kind of an announcement. My apologies. I’ll never do it again. This summer turned out to be super busy for me, so I needed to take a little hiatus, to take care of business, and get more episodes lined up for season two. Among other things, I did a little traveling, had a wonderful reunion with my three grown kids and my 12-year-old granddaughter, Eve Rose. But the big thing that kept me occupied, at least for the first couple of months of summer, was the Wild Goose Festival. As some of you may know, for the last five festivals (There have been six. I missed the first one, but I did go to Wild Goose West in 2012) I’ve been the stage manager of the main stage. This is what I’ve done professionally for about thirty years, and I really enjoy being able to contribute my skill and experience to The Goose. But it’s very time consuming to prepare for the show and exhausting to actually do the event. So my time off has, I think, been spent wisely.

Speaking of using time wisely, I hope that while you were being starved for new episodes of Love in A Dangerous Time you went to the website (that’s Love in a dangerous time dot net) and listened to some of the great stuff in the archive. We’ve got Matthew Fox, John Dear, Jeff Hood, Lisa Sharon Harper, Jacqui Lewis, Alexia Salvatiera, Robin Meyers, Wes Howard-Brook…. The list goes on. Some great stuff.

I’ve got some really interesting things lined up for Season 2. I’ve decided to feature more music in Love In A Dangerous Time. There are some really great musicians and songwriters out there who are truly inspiring and down to earth at the same time. So you’ll hear some of them as the year goes on. I have a list from The Goose that should keep me busy for a while. I’ll be looking at Carnival de Resistance, a great prison ministry called Timothy’s Gift, hopefully Mark Sandlin & David Henson of the “Moonshine Jesus” podcast, and in the early fall, my guest will be Brian McLaren. Most importantly, we’ll continue the series-within-a-series of “Church2B”, open ended discussions with folks who have something to say about the future of the Church and the future of the Gospel (two separate topics). So subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Android One-Click, so you won’t miss any episodes. And join the conversation by leaving comments on the website (www  dot  Love In A Dangerous Time  dot net) or record your comments and questions on the Speak Pipe you see on the right hand side of the website. You can also go to www  dot  facebook  dot  com  slash  love in D time, and interact with lovers from all over the world.

And now, for today’s show:

You’ve heard Phil Madeira on the radio before. He’s the killer guitarist on albums by Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, Amy Grant, Gath Brooks, Toby Keith, and many more. He currently lives in Nashville and is a member of Emmylou Harris’ band, The Red Dirt Boys, and even more exciting for all of us Lovers, he’s the producer/creator of the wonderful 2012 compilation album, Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us. Well, lucky us, because in October, Phil will release Volume 2, which is just as full of great life-affirming songs as the first one was and with some outstanding contributors.

Phil has become a constant part of the community of the Wild Goose Festival, whether performing on stage or not. He’s someone who takes his faith seriously and brings his prodigious musical talents and artful production skills to the table of the Beloved Community.


You can get Mercyland 1 and Phil’s book, God on the Rocks from his website:

Mercyland 2 album cover

God on the Rocks
God on the Rocks

Mercyland 2 will come out in October of 2015, and you can get it then at the website too.

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