Genre: Rock AND Roll
This week I thought I'd reach back into the archives and dig up one that hasn't actually been released this year, but I feel this is an essential CD for ANY music lover that considers themselves worth their salt, or weight in salt, or worth a dime of salt, or even something less detrimental to your blood pressure. Now my personal CCM listening history is fairly new, mostly because I came from a background that forbade it. So what could have been a really cool thing for me was buried under the guise of protecting me from the evils of rock, even if that rock was emphatically lifting the name to Jesus. What resulted was me rebelling by listening to even WORSE rock that shouldn't have even been in my head, but now is stuck there every time I sit in a Chili's or watch one of my favorites from the 80s dance with the stars in an effort to try to resurrect their long dormant careers. ANYhoo, I started listening to Christian Rock right around the time this CD was released, however, my first introduction was a little $1.99 sampler with the likes of Switchfoot,Bleach, Plankeye, Considering Lily, and The Waiting who are all still favorites, but I have the tendency to stick with something for a while and not branch out. Long story longer, I missed this one the first time.
Flash forward to 2004, the Crowns gang are all headed to Nashville, and as is the case, weird things pop into the radio (i.e. Comedy Tapes, Old Demos, VeggieTales Sing-a-Longs) So Mark Hall pops in what I think I remember to be a cassette tape of this band. I couldn't believe how cool it was for being about 8 years old. Since then, a few of the songs always get airplay in my stereo. Do You Know, Necessary Pain and I Wanna Know are always there, but if any of the songs on this CD pop up, I won't be hitting skip. Two little fun facts for ya, if you catch me warming up on stage, you might hear the lick (butchered, of course) from Do You Know, and also our band intro jam is the groove from I Wanna Know. So because of that, I had to do a little research, but little is written.
Gordon Kennedy from Whiteheart, and studio elite Jimmy Lee Sloasteamed up and made some great music. This may be (to my knowledge, and I speak ignorantly) the only thing that Christian Music has as far as a "Supergroup" CD. I only wish I had known it sooner, and I only wish I had seen them live. I may have already said too much, but this is a classic album, and I can never get over the guitar work on this one, it may have even been a little ahead of it's time, I'm not sure.
Lyrics. Everything on this CD pretty much points to Jesus. Here's a couple of tasty tidbits
From In The Event
And in the event that you are listening
And Jesus was sent to forgive me
From Dogs of Peace
We're merely servants
Bowed before the Master
Humbled that He'd choose us
We're amazed that He could use us
Lifestyle. I'll be honest with you, I don't know anything about these guys, and that may be Christian Music blasphemy, but I'm willing to learn, so if you guys have any info, or links, let me know, and I'll post them.
Live Performance. Like I said before, I never saw these guys live, but I found a link for when they played with PFR for their last show, so read and enjoy, or go buy the CD.
Links to Consider