Environmentalist John Francis went 17 years without saying a word. He was tired of having to explain to people why he gave up using motorized transportation – a personal boycott which lasted 22 years. Francis shares with Bob what he learned about listening and about the kindness of strangers. He wrote about his experiences in the books, Planetwalker and more recently The Ragged Edge of Silence.
After being our guest four times on this program, southern musician and storyteller Paul Thorn is a friend of the show and a fan favorite. He was most influenced by his father, a Pentacostal preacher – and by his uncle – an actual pimp who also trained Thorn to be a professional boxer. Thorn’s latest CD is titled Too Blessed to Be Stressed.
Next, roots music titan Delbert McClinton talks with Bob about his early days in music, dodging beer bottles and fistfights on stage - to trading harmonica licks with a young John Lennon.
Then, although considered by some to be a country musician, Lyle Lovett’s sound blends blues, gospel, jazz, and folk with a country sensibility. He’ll talk with Bob about his music career and perform a couple of songs from his album It’s Not Big, It’s Large.