Song of the Week: Building 429’s We Won’t Be Shaken

I’ve been hearing Building 429’s ‘We Won’t Be Shaken’ a lot on the radio lately, which makes me super happy! I LOVE this song, and I love Building 429. I was blessed to see them in concert a couple of times in 2012, and they are completely awesome! I’ve been rocking Building 429 tunes since 2005’s Space in Between Us, and I’m so pleased that they are experiencing a resurgence of sorts in the popularity of their music on Christian radio and out on tour. Jason Roy, Building 429’s lead singer, is one of my all-time favorites; I adore his distinctive, truly authentic voice (come to think of it, one of the best blogs I read in all of 2012 was written by Roy about his voice. You can read it by clicking here.) I also love his blog, http://www.JRoyMusic.com, where he shares stories about his faith, his life on the road, and life with his family.

Building 429 is currently out on the “Give Me Jesus” tour with the Rhett Walker Band, Finding Favour, and Carlos Whittaker. If you are in Northeast Indiana/Southeast Michigan/Northwest Ohio, you should definitely make plans to see Building 429 when they hit the WFRN Friend Fest in Nappannee, Indiana on June 21-22nd, 2013. You can also pre-order the band’s upcoming release on their website, http://www.building429.com, which is due out on June 4th, 2013.

So, without further ado…here’s the official video for my song pick for the week of April 8th, 2013: We Won’t Be Shaken!

Happy Birthday, Rhett Walker!

It’s a day Rhett-necks around the world are celebrating…the birth of the lead singer of the Rhett Walker Band, Rhett Walker!  (Yes, that does include me.)

Last year was a pretty big year for Mr. Walker, which included the release of the band’s debut album, ‘Come To The River’, and a Grammy nomination for the song, ‘When Mercy Found Me. Here’s to another big year filled with Rhett Walker’s uncompromising style of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

In honor of the birthday boy, here’s one of my favorite Rhett Walker Band videos:  an acoustic rendition of the Grammy-nominated song, “When Mercy Found Me.”

Video Fun For the Whole Family: Rhett Walker & Mountain Man of Duck Dynasty Fame

I am a fan of the Rhett Walker Band. Love ’em. The band puts on a great show and Rhett Walker is a hoot in his own right, the whole music thing aside. So, when I saw on Facebook today that there was a video of him on the Mountain Man (of Duck Dynasty fame) Radio Program, I had to watch it. My intuition told me that these two together in the same room was bound to epically funny, and guess what? I was right. I still can’t decide which is funnier, listening to Mountain Man talk about his recent battle with the flu or watching Rhett Walker in stitches next to him. Humor this good cannot be scripted.

I should point out that while I am a Rhett Walker Band fan, my son and my parents are all big Duck Dynasty fans so this was a special video that we could all enjoy together. Finding quality programming for three generations of our family is hard to come by, so thank you very much Rhett Walker and Mountain Man for providing quality bonding time for the generations today.

Reality TV redneck watchers and Christian music lovers, unite.

(And for those of you avid blog readers who are wondering, my heart still belongs to the Turtleman. Mountain Man doesn’t hold a candle to Turtleman’s “Live Action!”)

 

Sadly, I am not able to embed the video from Facebook here on my blog so you’ll have to head over to the Rhett Walker Band’s Facebook page to view the video.  Go check it out…It’s worth the trip!

Rhett Walker Band’s Come To The River Live Acoustic Video

 

If you are like me, you’ve been hearing a new song on the radio that you really like this past week: the Rhett Walker Band’s ‘Come to the River’. I first became acquainted with the music of Rhett Walker this past fall when they headed out on the road with Kutless on the ‘Believer’ tour. I was super impressed with the show they put on, and have been enjoying the band’s debut album that not-so-coincidentally has the same name as the new single, ‘Come to the River.’

Next up for the Rhett Walker Band is heading back out on tour with Kutless (and MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Tedashii, Family Force 5, and Luminate) on the Rock and Worship Road Show this winter and early spring. If your in Indiana, feel free to get in line behind me at the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse on February 9th 🙂

(Side note: I think Rhett Walker fans have the best nicknames ever–Rhett Necks! I love it!)

27 Days of Christmas Music: Day 3, Rhett Walker Band’s O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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Rhett Walker Band – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Last Sunday marked the first Sunday in Advent.

Oh, how I love Advent.  It’s such a beautiful time of the year, filled with the anticipation and preparation for the most blessed day of the year:  I live for tree decorating with my family, baking cookies with my son, and attending special worship services at church.

This time of year is also filled with special memories of my childhood.  One of my most favorite Sundays in the entire church year was the second Sunday in Advent when the church I grew up in, Grace Lutheran in Columbia City, Indiana, would hold a Christmas carol festival in place of a typical sermon.  As a kid, sermons weren’t always the most exciting things to have to sit thru, but I welcomed this special service with a joyful heart every year.

One of my favorite songs that we would sing during this special service was the old hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  The lyrics were old fashioned, but beautiful:

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, our Wisdom from on high,
Who ordered all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, oh, come, our Lord of might,
Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times gave holy law,
In cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Perhaps now more than ever before, we need to rest in the assurance that Emmanuel has already come for us.  He has already paid the price for our sins in full, thereby paying the ransom forever more that releases us from the bondage we were all born into.

There is no longer need for mourning, or for sadness and regrets.

This is the time, and the season, for the excitement and hope that Christmas brings.

Jesus is alive!

Our Emmanuel has come!

Hallelujah!

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”

~Isaiah 7:14

New Music Monday: Hyland’s Finding Our Way

 

I’m so excited to share with you my pick for this week’s New Music Monday:  Minnesota based Christian rock/pop group, Hyland, and their sophomore release, ‘Finding Our Way’, which was released on 10/22/2012.  Now, you may not have heard much about the group Hyland…yet.  I think it’s only a matter of time before these guys take off in a big way in the world of music!

This past summer, I happened upon the band Hyland playing at the WFRN Friend Fest.  I never really intended to see them play; come to think of it, I’m not even sure I had heard of Hyland prior to the WFRN Friend Fest.  After seeing them play once, however, I was a fan.  The Hyland guys put on an energetic, rollicking show that, in my opinion, should have put some of the big name acts appearing at the two day festival to shame.  I made a point to see them at Fandana Fest at Huntington University in August, and they were even better than the first time I had seen them; but, I digress.

This post is actually about the follow-up to Hyland’s awesome first full length CD, ‘Weights & Measures’ (which, by the way, if you don’t have, you totally don’t know what you’re missing out on!  Go get it right now!)  If I’m being honest here, I wasn’t really sure how ‘Finding Our Way’ was going to be able to measure up to ‘Weights & Measures’, but I’m here to tell you I was very pleasantly surprised!  Not only did Hyland follow-up ‘Weights & Measures’ in grand style, they showed impressive evolution stylistically in both the progression of their lyrics and music.

One of the things I like the best about Hyland is that they are fantastically talented storytellers.  Every song is like a little vignette set to music, however, only a portion of the song is told thru the words; a significant part of the song is told solely thru the range of emotion in lead singer Jon Lewis’ voice and the varying ways the band chooses to arrange the music.  I think this is especially evident in the songs “Power & Love” and “Work In Progress” on the ‘Finding Our Way’ album.

The other two standout songs on ‘Finding Our Way’, in my opinion, are the current single, “Beauty in the Broken”, and “Well Done”.  “Beauty in the Broken” is just an all around outstanding song.  I absolutely love it!  Easily one of my favorite songs of 2012.  Easily.

As for “Well Done”…I don’t normally tear up over a first listen of a song.  I may cry at the end of movies about dogs, but I don’t generally cry over songs, but “Well Done” had me tearing up big time.  There’s just a very emotionally riveting, vulnerable rawness when you put together these lyrics, Lewis’ voice and  the accompanying music that is just really, really special.  I loved “Well Done”, and thought it was a completely well done song.  (Side note:  I made everyone I know listen to this one today, and quite predictably, they all had the same reaction I did!)

Right now, Hyland is out on the Believer tour with headliners Kutless, Fireflight, and the Rhett Walker Band.  Not too shabby if you ask me!  I’m pretty optimistic since they’re hanging out with the likes of Kutless that they will pick up quite a few new fans out on the road this fall.  That would be a really good thing!  If you’re in my neck of the woods in Northeast Indiana, you can go check out the Believer tour  featuring Kutless, Fireflight, the Rhett Walker Band, and Hyland this coming Friday, October 26th at 7 pm at the Grand Horizon Center in Elkhart.  This is probably going to be the best concert to hit Elkhart all year, so don’t miss it!