The Songwriter Who Has Captured Many Stories

Lewis McGehee Discusses His Inspirations and His Music

Lewis McGehee began playing guitar in his birth town of Richmond VA at the very early age of 7. By age 11, he was already performing with many local bands as both a rhythm and lead guitarist. At age 15 he moved to Fredericksburg VA where he continued to play music as a hobby throughout his high school years. He excelled at running and received a track scholarship to attend the College of William and Mary where he graduated with a B.A. degree in Philosophy. It was during his college years that he switched from electric to acoustic guitar and began his journey as a singer/songwriter. Upon graduation, Lewis moved to Miami and held down a house gig in a North Miami Beach night club. During this Miami stent, he joined forces with a New Jersey native, Joey George. The two took off for New York and while performing in New York’s Greenwich Village, Lewis and Joey were “discovered” by Terry Cashman and Tommy West (Jim Croce’s producers) and subsequently signed a record deal with Lifesong Records.

Lewis’ debut album on Lifesong Records was released worldwide. Lewis gained much experience touring with such artists as Ry Cooder, Neil Sedaka, and Al Stewart.    On the strength of his live shows, McGehee went on to perform with many national acts such as John Prine, Robert Palmer, Talking Heads, Christopher Cross, Bob Dylan and Christine McVie.    Lewis also completed a 15-city tour as an opening act for Bruce Hornsby.

Portfolio Magazine’s Musician Poll has voted McGehee as the top acoustic act for three consecutive years and was recently voted “Best Musician”.

9 Volt Magazine’s local music awards named McGehee “top performer of the year” for 2000 and 2001.

Hampton Roads Magazine (monthly) cited the Lewis McGehee Band as one of the top three area bands in 2001.

McGehee has extensive experience in the recording studio as a session guitarist and vocalist,  as well as composing, producing and performing on many regional radio and television commercials.

In July of 1990, McGehee released a critically acclaimed recording of original songs on Headlight Records and Tapes.    In 1991 he had three recording projects getting extensive air-play.    1994 marked the debut of a CD entitled “The Famous Unknowns” featuring Lewis with two other Virginia songwriters Michael Lille and Robbin Thompson.

His aggressive approach to acoustic guitar has made him a prominent force in the Virginia music scene.   He currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia and continues to gig at many local and regional venues and events.
Lewis and I became friends back in the early 1990’s.  His music and his storytelling has stayed with me all these years.  I am so honored to have had the opportunity to speak with Lewis in this week’s podcast.  Please click below and listen in.  Lewis Thank you so much.  Rock on, Rock on!

Lewis and I became friends back in the early 1990’s.  His music and his storytelling has stayed with me all these years.  I am so honored to have had the opportunity to speak with Lewis in this week’s podcast.  Please click below and listen in.  Lewis Thank you so much.  Rock on, Rock on!

Hot, Dry, Barren: But…Signs of Life?

Guest Blog from Judy Bradt CEO of Summit Insight

You know how hard Federal contracting is. You’ve had those weeks, those months: no signs of life anywhere. You turn over the rocks, you dig. Everything seems absolutely uninhabited. Nobody’s returning calls. No opportunities. Nothing.

And yet. You know that Federal agency is spending money. In fact, your competitor is winning some of it, and it’s really annoying the socks off you. What signs of life did they see that you missed?

Finding signs of life in a hostile, barren environment isn’t for everybody. Up for the challenge? You’ll need to look closely, analyze small clues, notice patterns that your experience suggests might mean there are opportunities nearby. It can be done…but finding what you’re looking for in a difficult environment takes expert help.

Take a page from NASA!

A friend of mine, Dr. Jay Glass at NASA’s Ames Research Center, is leading a field team to test the prototype of a remotely-operated rover in one of the hottest, driest, places on earth…which is to say, conditions as close as one might find on Mars* without making the trip. They want the rover to be able to collect and analyze samples on Mars and send data about those samples back to Earth, so we can understand more about what kind of life there may be, or may have been, on Mars.

He asked me if I’d like to visit the camp. I said yes!

The last week of February and the first week of March, I’ll meet roboticists, exobiologists, technologists, geologists, engineers, and other really smart folks who are doing things that are just about out of this world.

I’ll be sharing lessons from my field trip on what it’s like to be on the front lines with this Federal agency — its staff and contractors — while they literally push the bounds of science, technology, and exploration.

But I won’t be leaving you behind. In fact, I’ll be thinking about what lessons we can learn as Federal contractors as I watch how the NASA team depends on the specialists they engage to support the mission.

Follow me! I love photography as well as adventure…so “LIKE” my Summit Insight Facebook page(link is external) to get pix and updates while I’m with the NASA field camp in Chile!

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P.S. As for Federal contracting, lots of people would rather take their chances in the hyper-competitive jungle than spelunk around Federal agencies that seem “dead”. After all, the jungle may be lush, wild, and dangerous, but at least stuff is growing like crazy. You just have to make sure it doesn’t kill you first (a different problem, to be sure).

Desert or jungle? What’s your pleasure? Either way, I’m happy to find you the experts you need to navigate to your success.

Feeding the World One Package at a Time

An Interview with Rick McNary

The population is expected to grow over 9 billion by 2050. To meet growing global food demand, farmers will have to increase agricultural production by 70%, in the face of climate change and land and water scarcity. Estimates put health care costs related to hunger, nationwide, at $130.5 billion each year It is less expensive to feed an individual healthy food for a year than to cover the costs of hospitalization and related medical expenses for one day. Source: The Alliance to End Hunger

Rick McNary became intensely aware of hunger as a pastor on a mission trip to Nicaragua when a starving girl asked him to feed her. He dedicated himself to fighting world hunger and recruiting volunteers to help. Since then, Rick has traveled to numerous continents in efforts to feed the hungry both with short-term relief and by creating long-term development models.

In the first six months, of 2010, Rick led a nonprofit that empowered over 120,000 volunteers to package over 20 million nutritious meals for the Salvation Army’s response to the Haiti disaster and recovery.

Rick is an innovator and advocate in the hunger space as evidenced by the development of the Kansas Hunger Dialogue, which gathers top administrators, faculty, and students from Kansas’ institutions of higher learning to collaborate on hunger. The Hunger Dialogue is now being replicated in other states.  Rick is also the 2012 recipient of a National Innovation Award from the Alliance to End Hunger for his Healthy foods/Hunger Free Community model.

Rick is Vice President of Private and Public Partnerships for Outreach, Inc., an international nonprofit. In this role, he connects international government agricultural agencies, businesses, universities, and nongovernmental organizations to benefit the hungry. His favorite activity is to engage volunteers in meal-packaging events for the hungry.

He serves as Treasurer of the Executive Board for the Alliance to End Hunger in Washington, D.C., where he co-chairs the Alliance’s Advocacy Committee. Rick also serves as an Advisor to the National Hunger Free Communities Network.

Throughout his professional career, Rick has excelled in community leadership, teaching others the power of effective teamwork and volunteerism.  Rick is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic of world hunger and blogs for several national and international hunger sites. He is the author of, Hunger Bites: Bite Size Stories of Inspiration.  His novel, Voices on the Prairie, was released in the summer of 2015 and his book of humor, The Cows of Hobson’s Pond: Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Kansas, was released in 2016. He is also the editor of, Changing the Way We Talk About Hunger, an advocacy book created by the Alliance to End Hunger for people to intelligently talk about the issues of hunger.

Rick lives in Kansas with his wife, Christine. They have five children. Please listen to this week’s #MasterYourStory interview with Rick. We fully support his efforts and the efforts of The Outreach Program.