Just in time for you to enjoy over the long Thanksgiving weekend (for our listeners in the States), we present to you Episode 11 featuring GMA award-winning songwriter Don Poythress. Don is one of the most talented and prolific writers working country and Christian music today. Ask anyone with whom he’s worked, and they’ll also tell you he is one of the most genuine and generous folks around.
Don and Joe share a few laughs as they discuss the occasional awkwardness associated with co-writing, what keeps him writing each day – even when he doesn’t feel like it, and why he doesn’t mind critiquing songs by other writers (at conference settings only please…). Don also addresses the very real divide between country and Christian music and why he’s glad it’s begun to come down.
- Quick Fact: Search for Don’s name on CCLI’s SongSelect and you’ll find his name associated with no less than 341 songs. For perspective, Paul Baloche shows up 328 times, Chris Tomlin 277 times, and Matt Redman 352 times.
- We feature a number of songs during the interview – all written or co-written by Don: A Little More Country Than That by Easton Corbin, Bless The Lord by Jared Anderson, You Remain by Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt, I Miss You by The Henningsens, Wash Away by Don Poythress, and Faithful by Jennie Lee Riddle and Don Poythress.
- Joe interviewed Don for All About Worship back in 2010. You can read that interview here: http://www.allaboutworship.com/blog/don-poythress-interviewed-on-allaboutworship-com
- Joe recorded his side of the podcast in Redmond, WA, on site for the Christian Musician Summit. Make sure you check out their excellent conferences occurring throughout the year. And Joe apologizes for accidentally referring to it as the “Country Music Summit”.
- The Paul mentioned near the end of the interview is actually Paul Herman, the marketing director of CCLI, who is a mutual friend.
- More interviews, articles and reviews of recent music releases and books, can be found on our site, Frequency.fm.
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Quick Links for Don:
- Website: http://www.donpoythress.com/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Don_Poythress
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donpoythress