Thank you to Hayley at Renew Everyday for a great piece on John Kilzer and Harry Peel’s The Way: Live! Check out this excerpt and click here to read more.
When they started recording their music from Friday night recovery worship services at St. John’s United Methodist in Memphis, Tenn., the Rev. Dr. John Kilzer and Harry Peel hadn’t openly discussed their desire to make an album that would feel cool.
“I don’t know that we ever really talked about it,” says Peel, “but the two of us just kind of agreed that we wanted to make this an album that anyone could listen to and enjoy.”
They didn’t want pseudo-Christian pop or austere hymns written for a God they didn’t recognize — they wanted mid-town Memphis. At night. On a Friday. As it sounded when two guys with a lot of hard living between them sang it to a crowd with their own hard living among them.
Luckily, they’d been making that kind of music for years — all they needed to do was hit ‘record.’