18 episodes

Discover The Road is an exploration of what it means to live an authentic life. Featuring interviews twice a week with inspiring individuals, including artists, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders on topics like motivation, creativity and lessons learned along the way . Join the conversation at discovertheroad.com

Discover The Road with Kirk Wheeler Kirk Wheeler | Author | Musician

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Discover The Road is an exploration of what it means to live an authentic life. Featuring interviews twice a week with inspiring individuals, including artists, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders on topics like motivation, creativity and lessons learned along the way . Join the conversation at discovertheroad.com

    Episode 18: Peter Jesperson – Nurturing Talent, Knocking On Doors, And A Passion For Sharing Music Part 2

    Episode 18: Peter Jesperson – Nurturing Talent, Knocking On Doors, And A Passion For Sharing Music Part 2

    Peter Jesperson is currently the VP of Catalog Production at New West Records, but in the time I have known him he has escaped any nomenclature I would normally use for someone at a record label. The titles that come to mind are more like Chief Fanatic, or Senior Evangelist. To me these better describe the way he talks the work he does. Quite simply put, he is the most passionate music person I know. He exudes a wild enthusiasm and has a reverence for music as a craft unlike anyone else I have ever met.

    Peter is widely known as one of the founders of the Minneapolis based label Twin/Tone Records that was in operation from 1977 until 1994. The label was home to such acts as The Replacements, Babes in Toyland, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum and many more. Over the life of the label over 300 records by more than 100 acts were released.

    In the late 90’s Peter joined New West Records, home to artists such as  Kris Kristofferson, Delbert McClinton, John Hiatt and Dwight Yoakam. In his role in A&R he signed artists like Vic Chesnutt, Chuck Prophet and Ben Lee.

    I had the good fortune of meeting Peter when our boys began to attend the same school. We hit it off thanks to a shared love of music and literature and I could talk to him for hours about both.

    A moment that inspired me greatly happened in 2012 when former Replacements guitar player Slim Dunlap had a stroke and Peter put together the non-profit Songs For Slim. This project brought together an incredible array of talent including, The Replacements, Jeff Tweedy, Joe Henry, Lucinda Williams, Jakob Dylan, and more –  all to help Slim and his family.

    I am really excited to have Peter on the Podcast for two reasons.


    He has been able to sustain a deep passion for music over the course of a lifetime and continues to share that passion with others.
    He has an amazing ability to remember not only records, but dates and musicians and producers and can roll them into a tale worth listening to.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    What it was like to grow up in Minneapolis
    How refusing to cut his hair landed him a job
    Why he started his first record label
    The record store where it all began
    The moment he heard The Replacements first demo

    DISCOVERY QUOTE:
    “If this makes me feel so good, we should try to spread this around” [Tweet This]

    CONNECT WITH PETER:
    PETER’S BEST OF WRITINGS | TWINTONE | NEW WEST RECORDS |SONGS FOR SLIM

    • 47 min
    Episode 17: Peter Jesperson – Nurturing Talent, Knocking On Doors, And A Passion For Sharing Music

    Episode 17: Peter Jesperson – Nurturing Talent, Knocking On Doors, And A Passion For Sharing Music

    Peter Jesperson is currently the VP of Catalog Production at New West Records, but in the time I have known him he has escaped any nomenclature I would normally use for someone at a record label. The titles that come to mind are more like Chief Fanatic, or Senior Evangelist. To me these better describe the way he talks the work he does. Quite simply put, he is the most passionate music person I know. He exudes a wild enthusiasm and has a reverence for music as a craft unlike anyone else I have ever met.

    Peter is widely known as one of the founders of the Minneapolis based label Twin/Tone Records that was in operation from 1977 until 1994. The label was home to such acts as The Replacements, Babes in Toyland, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum and many more. Over the life of the label over 300 records by more than 100 acts were released.

    In the late 90’s Peter joined New West Records, home to artists such as  Kris Kristofferson, Delbert McClinton, John Hiatt and Dwight Yoakam. In his role in A&R he signed artists like Vic Chesnutt, Chuck Prophet and Ben Lee.

    I had the good fortune of meeting Peter when our boys began to attend the same school. We hit it off thanks to a shared love of music and literature and I could talk to him for hours about both.

    A moment that inspired me greatly happened in 2012 when former Replacements guitar player Slim Dunlap had a stroke and Peter put together the non-profit Songs For Slim. This project brought together an incredible array of talent including, The Replacements, Jeff Tweedy, Joe Henry, Lucinda Williams, Jakob Dylan, and more –  all to help Slim and his family.

    I am really excited to have Peter on the Podcast for two reasons.


    He has been able to sustain a deep passion for music over the course of a lifetime and continues to share that passion with others.
    He has an amazing ability to remember not only records, but dates and musicians and producers and can roll them into a tale worth listening to.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    What it was like to grow up in Minneapolis
    How refusing to cut his hair landed him a job
    Why he started his first record label
    The record store where it all began
    The moment he heard The Replacements first demo

    DISCOVERY QUOTE:
    “If this makes me feel so good, we should try to spread this around” [Tweet This]

    CONNECT WITH PETER:
    PETER’S BEST OF WRITINGS | TWINTONE | NEW WEST RECORDS |SONGS FOR SLIM

    • 48 min
    Episode 16: Erik Hemingway – On Family Adventure, Crossing Oceans, And The Threads That Bind Us

    Episode 16: Erik Hemingway – On Family Adventure, Crossing Oceans, And The Threads That Bind Us

    Erik Hemingway is a father, sailor, traveler, and host of The Family Adventure Podcast where he shares the adventures of families who travel together and live to tell the tale. The story of his own family’s incredible journey has been featured on NBC, FOX and Today.

    In this episode we talk about the spark that led to a journey of 16,000 miles aboard a 37 foot Dean catamaran with his family of seven (and in the middle of the adventure becoming eight), and why putting the deposit down on the boat was even scarier than crossing the Atlantic Ocean in it.

    I am really excited to have Erik on the Podcast for two reasons.


    He has been on an adventure that many people dream about but never find the time or courage to take.
    He has also started a podcast to share the stories of other families like his who are traveling on their own terms.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    Why he was ready for an adventure
    What it was like to drop anchor for the first time
    Homeschooling on the boat
    Sailing up a river in Africa and seeing hippos in the wild
    How he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 16 days with his family of 8
    Why he started his podcast

    DISCOVERY QUOTE:
    “If we can do what we’ve done, then absolutely anybody can do it. ” [Tweet This]

    CONNECT WITH ERIK:
    FAMILYADVENTUREPODCAST.COM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER |INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

    • 53 min
    Episode 15: Tripp Lanier – Asking Questions, Our Emotional World, And How To Avoid Playing Small

    Episode 15: Tripp Lanier – Asking Questions, Our Emotional World, And How To Avoid Playing Small

    Tripp Lanier is a men’s coach and host of the The New Man Podcast, where has has interviewed experts and authors from a wide range of fields including Laird Hamilton, Tim Ferris, Steven Pressfield, and more.  The tagline of the show is “Beyond the macho jerk and the new age wimp” and it takes off from there. In his podcast he explores many ideas on what it means to be man it today’s world.

    I met Tripp through a previous guest on the show, Alex Gibson and was really glad to be able to speak with him about how he started his podcast, some of the techniques he uses with his coaching clients, and what it means for him to serve others.

    In this conversation we explore ideas like attachment, projections, appreciation, and small actions we can take to expand our emotional worlds.

    Late in the interview he catches me on a math problem about frogs that I have been mulling over ever since (my answer, not the frogs….)

    I am really excited to have Tripp on the Podcast for two reasons.


    He has the ability to clearly articulate common problems that we all face as humans and ways that we can see them with new eyes.
    As he says in this interview, he makes his living asking questions and I am inspired by his curiosity.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    How he started his podcast
    Why he left a thriving business to become a coach
    Why he meditates
    How he lets his own curiosity drive the show he creates
    The story of the four frogs

    DISCOVERY QUOTE:
    “I’m amazed at how much more powerful I feel, when I allow myself to have a dynamic emotional life.” [Tweet This]

    CONNECT WITH TRIPP:
    TRIPPLANIER.COM | THENEWMANPODCAST.COM | FACEBOOK  | TWITTER

    • 49 min
    Episode 14: Brandon Schott – Surviving Cancer, Lighting The Fire, And The Soul of Songwriting

    Episode 14: Brandon Schott – Surviving Cancer, Lighting The Fire, And The Soul of Songwriting

    Brandon Schott is a musician and songwriter who has seen his share of challenges and triumphs and yet through it all he finds a way to retain a deep and abiding love for what a song can mean for the soul. From the inspiration of fatherhood to the shadow of cancer, he has consistently turned to music to express his experiences.

    Over the last decade he has produced 4 records and is now readying his new EP, Verdugo Park, for release on October 7th, as well as a forthcoming full length for 2015. He has hosted his own show about songwriting called Defying Gravity and founded the non-profit Artists For Healing. The creative juices are constantly flowing and in everything he does honesty, compassion and authenticity seem to shine through effortlessly.

    One of my favorite moments in the show is when Brandon talks about how he imagines mixtapes while he meditates and then puts them together later to see if they hold up (spoiler….they seem to). This is a sure sign of someone who has a huge catalog of songs running around their head.

    I am really excited to have Brandon on the Podcast for two reasons.


    His journey of surviving cancer has been an inspiration for me ever since we sat down and spoke about it earlier this summer.
    He continues to cultivate a sense of joy and wonder about the art of songwriting that is unlike anyone else I know.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    Growing up in England as the son of two Air Force parents
    Meeting the love of his life in High School
    Why he decided to move to Los Angeles
    What it was like to learn he had cancer and become a survivor
    Why he only shaved half of his head
    The woman that saved his life (and he doesn’t even know her name)
    Who his favorite songwriters are what he loves about them

    DISCOVERY QUOTE:
    “It’s not mine to keep, it’s only mine to borrow for as long as I need it, and if I don’t need it anymore, then I should share it. ” [Tweet This]

    CONNECT WITH BRANDON:
    FACEBOOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE | BRANDONSCHOTT.COM

    DISCOVER MORE:
    DEFYING GRAVITY

    Brandon on Soundcloud

    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Songwriters:


    Elton John
    Billy Joel
    Michael Penn
    Amiee Mann
    Jon Brion
    E from The Eels
    Josh Ritter
    Neil Finn
    Harry Nilsson
    Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields)
    Andy Reed (An American Underdog)

    Books:


    The Pilgrimage [Affiliate Link]
    The Alchemist  [Affiliate Link]
    The Artist’s Way  [Affiliate Link]

    I’m Too Young For This

    • 47 min
    Episode 13: Jen Bricker – On Aerial Magic, The Power of Faith, And Being Born Without Legs

    Episode 13: Jen Bricker – On Aerial Magic, The Power of Faith, And Being Born Without Legs

    Jen Bricker is an acrobat and aerialist, a TV personality and speaker. But most of all she is one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. I was introduced to Jen by my previous guest Mike Chat and I had the opportunity to sit down with her and talk about her incredible story.

    Jen was born without legs and put up for adoption. She was then raised in a small town in Illinois and  grew up participating in all kinds of sports, from tumbling to softball, all the while surrounded by the love and support of her adoptive family.

    In a crazy twist of fate, at the age of 16, she discovered that he biological sister was  Dominique Moceanu, the Olympic gymnast who was one of her idols growing up. This unlikely story has been featured on 20/20 and in Dominique’s book Off Balance.

    After graduating high school she moved to Florida to work at Walt Disney World. While in Florida she met Nate Crawford, and began to perform as an aerialist. A year later she was a featured acrobat on the Britney Spears Circus Tour.

    She has also been featured in Muscle and Fitness Hers, HBO Real Sports, Good Morning America and has spoken at TEDx.

    I am really excited to have Jen on the Podcast for two reasons.


    She has lived such an inspirational life and yet manages to remain humble and is willing to share her story with such vulnerability and empathy for others that when you hear her speak, you feel like anything is possible.
    Her extraordinary journey is one of resilience,  dedication to a craft, and hard work.

    IN THIS EPISODE:

    Growing up in the midwest
    How being born without legs has shaped her view of the world and people
    What it’s like to perform for 30,000 people
    Why she eats clean and takes care of her body
    How her faith impacts her life everyday
    The daily practice that keeps her mind in top shape
    What she plans to accomplish next

    DISCOVERY QUOTE:
    “The small decisions that we make daily, are where the battles are won “ - click to tweet!

    CONNECT WITH JEN:
    FACEBOOK |  INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | JENBRICKER.COM

     

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

ErikHem ,

Fantastic Podcast

I really like Kirk’s style. It’s so laid back, you fell like you’re in his living room. He has the unique ability to weave seemingly different guests together into an amazing tapestry of ‘discovering the road’ of life! Great Job!

Mo_Poppins ,

Inspiring and informative insights into each guest's life journey

Kirk Wheeler does a great job as host to this podcast, where he takes us along his guest's journey in life. The mood is relaxed and positive, evoking the sense of sitting on a porch, chillin' with a friend for a nice chat.

Chris Reck ,

Great Podcast

Awesome podcast a must listen

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