Chris August Makes a Friend…

So, I had the honor of meeting Chris August last week.

At the time, I did not realize how desperate for friendship he was.  Perhaps I should have had a clue when he referred to his laptop, Cletus, as his best friend.  Alas, I did not.

It wasn’t until I saw the following video that he shared on Twitter over the weekend that I realized just how badly he really needs a friend.

Like, really bad.

Honestly, there’s not much more I can say, other than you have to watch this video.

Leeland’s Official Video for Refresh Me

It’s no secret that I love, love, love the band Leeland.  The Texas-based band is hands down one of the best all-around bands in my opinion, and I like to listen to their CD’s pretty much all the time, but especially while I am working in my office at Church.  They have that special ability to be able to relax and revitalize, refresh and light afire all at the same time.  As fantastic as Leeland’s music is, perhaps what I admire the most about this band is their awesome heart for ministry, and their desire to start a revolution for Jesus in the hearts of this generation.

Leeland recently released a new official video for their song, Refresh Me, and I like it a lot!  You should definitely check it out below:

Catch for King & Country on Huckabee!

If you missed Joel and Luke of for King & Country on Huckabee (FoxNews) on Saturday night, you can check out the full performance and interview by clicking here.  The performance features Mike Huckabee as the band’s new bass player; I have to say, his performance was a little lackluster, but I guess that’s just how bass players roll with it sometimes.

The interview was pretty standard stuff, with the exception of the revelation by Joel that he is newly engaged.  (Sorry, ladies, but it’s true.)  Alas, he did not fess up as to who the lucky lady is, being as how he is notoriously tight lipped about such matters, but if I hear definitively who the bride-to-be is, I’ll let you know.  (I’m pretty sure I know who it is, as I’m a stealth investigative reporter, but it would just be speculation on my part…and for the record, I’m not really a stealth investigate reporter, but you can learn a lot by looking at inauspicious pictures posted on Twitter by all kinds of musical peeps.  Just saying.)

Congratulations to Joel on this happy news and great job to all the guys on their performance on Huckabee!

Josh Wilson’s Carry Me Album Sampler Now on YouTube

On of my favorites, singer-songwriter Josh Wilson, released an album sampler on YouTube today for his next project, Carry Me, which will release on 4/9/2013. The album features 12 new tracks, including the title track “Carry Me”, and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes by clicking here.

From the sampler, it really sounds like this is going to be another solid album from Josh Wilson that features his emotionally sincere songwriting, rich musicality, and easy on the ears voice.  I’m looking forward to April 9th!  (In the meantime, you should really check Josh out in concert!  He’s currently out on the road with Third Day and Colton Dixon on the Miracle Tour.)

A Humorous Behind the Scenes Look at the Rock & Worship Roadshow

Have you ever wondered about what it takes to put on a massive concert like the Rock & Worship Roadshow?

Okay, maybe not; but if you stop and think about it, it no doubt takes a lot of behind the scenes work.  The following video spotlights one of the unsung behind the scenes heroes of the Roadshow.  I bet you’ll never look at a latch the same way again 🙂

Cute Baby Alert!

Luke, 1/2 of for King & Country fame, today posted a new pic of his adorable 3 month old son, Jude, on Twitter.  Baby Jude is super cute and sporting some mega chunky baby cheeks and a sweet little smile in the picture!  To see the picture of Jude on his Dad & Uncle Joel’s Twitter feed, click here.

There are certainly some cute little Christian Music baby boys making their debuts lately, from Jude of fK&C to Meredith Andrew’s Remington and Rapture Ruckus’ cutie-pie, Roman Dring (son of lead singer Brad Dring).

Maybe Britt Nicole and Group 1 Crew’s Bianca will have girls later this year to even out the crowd?

Highlight Video from Hyland’s The Way tour

Check out this fun video from the Minnesota music-makers, Hyland, showing some of their favorite moments from their most recent tour, The Way!

I will try not to dwell on the fact that The Way never made its way to the Fort Wayne, Indiana…however, they will be at the WFRN Friend on Saturday, June 22nd playing a set in between OBB and Moriah Peters (a pretty sweet place to be, if you ask me!)

You know I’ll be there with bells on 🙂 (OK, so not really…but I will be there!)

Dancing in the Aisles to Hawk Nelson’s Words

I have breaking news to share.
My 6 year old, die-hard for King & Country fan of a son, Alex, has taken a strong liking to another band:  Hawk Nelson.  (I’m not 100% sure that he doesn’t realize that the band is not entirely comprised of actual hawks, and I’m okay with that.  Really, I am.)

On Saturday, we were at Target doing some shopping and out of nowhere, Alex breaks out into song and dance in the aisles:  “Words can build you up, words can break you down, put a fire in your heart or put it out…”

Considering how hard I’ve been trying to teach Alex that he can’t just say everything that pops into his kindergarten head, this song couldn’t be more timely. 

(Cases in point:  over the weekend, Alex said to a portly fellow that he had struck up a conversation with, “I’d invite you to go fishing with me and my Grandpa, but I’m afraid that you’re so fat you’d sink the boat.”  He also said to his Grandma on Friday, “Wow, Grandma, you look different!  I think it’s your moustache!  Are you going to grow a beard, too, like Grandpa?”)

Yes, that’s my son, and no, tact is not his strong suite.

Truthfully, I think we all have, at times, what I like to call Alex Syndrome.  We say things we shouldn’t, even if we don’t mean to offend or have malicious intent.  We frequently don’t say the things we should.  Most of all, we don’t use our words to bring glory to the One who gave us the ability to speak, and that’s a real shame.

Alex and I have been listening to the song “Words” pretty much non-stop since Saturday (per his request!)  Maybe you need to hear those words today, too 🙂

Have You Seen This?!

tobyMac’s got the intro to the 2013 ACC Basketball Tournament covered!

Let me just say this for the record (again):  tobyMac.  Superbowl.  Half-Time Show.  2014.

Anybody have Roger Goodell’s number?  Or maybe the Ops Manager at MetLife Stadium?

You know, just trying to plan ahead!

Dear Chris August…

Chris August humors me, especially with his latest video detailing the behind the scenes shenanigans on the Redeemed Tour with Big Daddy Weave and Citizen Way.

Seriously, I was cracking up.  (Considering the day I’ve had, this was a real accomplishment.  Just saying!)

Maybe it’s just me, but it appears that there is a lot of camouflage, facial hair, throwback eyewear, and Dr. Pepper going around on the Redeemed Tour.  Kind of like Duck Dynasty set to music, minus the whole hunting thing, iced tea and Uncle Si.

Any which way you slice it, the Redeemed Tour looks like my kind of show! I’m now even more excited than ever to check out the Redeemed Tour at BlackHawk Ministries in Fort Wayne on Friday night at 7:30 pm.  If you’re in or around Fort Wayne, you should be there too!

Friday will be the first time I’ve seen Big Daddy Weave and, I think, Citizen Way in concert before.  (For some reason, I simultaneously think I have and have not seen Citizen Way before.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t, but then again, maybe I have.  Who knows?!)

The last time I saw Chris August was in December while he was out with tobyMac & Co. on the Hits Deep Tour in Toledo.  I attended well over 100 concerts last year, and if I had one award to give out for the 2012 ‘Fashion Statement of the Year’ it hands down would have gone to Chris August.  Seriously, while a good majority of the guys I saw on tour last year were wearing skinny jeans and/or rolled up pants with boat shoes, t-shirts and beanies (for the record, NO ONE looks good in rolled up pants and boat shoes!), Chris August was rocking a pair of camouflage cargo pants and a bedazzled denim vest.

Yes, you read that correctly,

Camo cargo pants and a bedazzled denim vest.

As I twittered the night of the Hits Deep Tour, “Haven’t seen that look rock a stage since my Dad took me to see Poison in the ’90’s.  Another reason to love Chris August!”

Indeed.

Unfortunately, Chris does not discuss his stylist (or lack thereof) in his latest video, but you should still check out the video because it’s funny in an eccentric, goofball kind of way.  Then, check back here next week for full details on the Redeemed Tour (and to find out if the bejeweled denim vest makes its return to the stage!)

Jars of Clay…Live From My Living Room

jars of clay

So, check this out…

Right now, I’m sitting here wearing my pink Tinkerbell pajamas and watching Jars of Clay perform live from my living room.

No joke.

Oh, and they are singing a remake of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Again, no joke.

(OK, so maybe I should have prefaced this blog by saying that technically what I’m watching is a live stream on my laptop; with that being said, however, I did purchase a $5 ticket to watch the stream, so I still consider this a concert.  Fair enough, right?)

To make a long story short, I wrote the following equation to simplify matters a bit:

Jars of Clay + Me in PJs + Sitting in My Living Room – $5 Ticket = Win!

I’m not sure who the mastermind is behind concert streaming, but I’ve got to hand it to whoever invented it…streaming is awesome!  (Perhaps not quite as awesome as a real, live concert…but the price can’t be beat and I for one am happy not to have to deal with parking nightmares, traffic, and lines for concessions/souveniers/bathrooms like you would normally have to contend with at concert.  The older and crankier I get, the more I hate spending what little time I have left standing around in line!)

Oh, but I digress…

The concert itself was great!  Great song choices that true JOC fans would appreciate and not just a run-down of Greatest Hits, including a couple from the band’s 2005 magnum opus, Good Monsters (Dead Man (Carry Me) and Oh My God).  The vocals sounded AWESOME, which was sort of a relief because you never know when you are dealing with technology what could go wrong.  Of course, there was a lot of fun commentary and humor mixed in between numbers (plus a live chat for concertgoers which I thought was fun!)

By far, the runaway performance of the night was Steve Mason’s handlebar moustache; it was oddly interesting to say the least.  I just hope the trend doesn’t catch on!  (Can you picture tobyMac with a handlebar moustache?  Jon Micah Sumrall from Kutless?  Bart Millard from MercyMe?  Well, maybe Bart Millard.  Just kidding!)

The other show stopper from the concert, at least for me, was Charlie Lowell’s harmonies during Dead Man (Carry Me).   Dan Haseltine sounded superb all night long, but when you add Charlie’s voice…wowza.  Really good stuff!

For those of you who want to know the full set list from tonight’s concert on StageIt.Com…here ya go!

1. Work

2. Sunny Days

3. Worlds Apart

4. Something Beautiful

5. Five Candles

6. Dead Man (Carry Me)

7. Oh My God

8. Girls Just Want to Have Fun

9. Eyes Wide Open

(See, I told you I wasn’t kidding about the Girls Just Want to Have Fun song!)

This was just the first of 3 already scheduled JOC live streaming events, so if you missed out on tonight’s fete never fear.  The next one is scheduled for April 23rd, 2013 at 7 pm EST.  You can purchase your $5 ticket now at www.StageIt.com… Currently, there are about 40 tickets left, but I wouldn’t worry if they run out.  The band added tickets in increments of 30-50 at a time right up until a day before the show and based on the success of the first StageIt.Com/JOC live stream event, there would be no reason why they wouldn’t do that again!  (Hint, hint.)