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July 12, 2013

One of America’s Most Successful Rock Bands Is Under-the-Radar Christian Group

Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:

Christian rock bands don’t often find mainstream media outlets profiling them. But Skillet, a popular group among the faithful, was the focus of an intensive New York Times article this week.

Perhaps it was Skillet’s record sales that attracted attention. After all, as the Times notes, only three bands had albums that sold over one million last year. Black Keys and Mumford & Sons were the first two. The third? Skillet.

Here is video of Skillet on Conan last night performing "Rise," from their new album. Here is video of Skillet performing "Rise" in concert.

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October 21, 2012

Listen to This: Rappers Lecrae & Mali Music "Tell the World"

Hear and watch these very talented artists on YouTube.

And here on Twitter, Lecrae recommends an author and book you may have heard of. Something to do about total and truth.

I've already got BB King, Miles Davis, Beach Boys, and Pink Floyd on my MP3 player for laps and soccer. Looks like maybe another artist or two will be joining the fun. 

(Don't worry, my brave Brazilian buddies, I've got samba on the way too.)

More about Lecrae and his record company Reach Records here.

By the way, don't be surprised to find saxophones in Heaven (see the aforementioned tweet).

November 23, 2011

B.B. King Museum Closed Thanksgiving Day

Now that gives me the blues! Seriously, it's great they're shutting down so staff can spend time with friends and family. 

I suppose you can check out the museum Friday. Meanwhile, Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse, RIP

Tony Bennett lamented the loss of Amy Winehouse, "stating he was 'deeply saddened to learn of her tragic passing.' He went on to describe Winehouse as 'an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist'."

July 24, 2010

Voice de Resistance: Krista Branch Releases "Remember Who We Are"

On Wednesday, passionate Tea Party songstress Krista Branch performed I Am America on Fox & Friends.

Here is Remember Who We Are (released yesterday) and I Am America, both for download at Amazon.

"This is just something we're very passionate about," Branch told Fox & Friends. "We're very into what's going on in our country. We love our country."

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July 12, 2010

Watch/Listen: Krista Branch Soars in Music Video "I Am America"

This tremendous and inspiring Krista Branch anthem features 2 Chron. 7:14 and challenges Americans to "Remember Who You Are!," which is central to the "New Resistance." 

Apparently, some "Mama Grizzlies" can sing. This music video captures much of the intensity, power, and content that is motivating a reawakening of the truly mainstream American spirit today.

Here she is on YouTube, and here's her website.

Hat tip: Tea Party Patriots/Facebook

August 27, 2009

Birth of the Beatles

Coming to the silver screen. As this AFP story suggests, lunch breaks have consequences.

August 13, 2009

Legendary Guitarist Les Paul Dies

"Legendary inventor, guitar player and recording artist Les Paul has died from complications from pneumonia," reports the Voice of America. "He was 94 years old." 

"Paul revolutionized the music scene with his solid-body electric guitar that he first built in the 1940s in his quest for a guitar with amplified sound. In 1952, Gibson Guitar company began production of the Les Paul guitar."

By the way, along with motorcycles, there will be guitars in Heaven.

August 01, 2009

Pope Plans Christmas Album

Singing chants in the Vatican, reports the Telegraph.

Will he do the Letterman show?

July 11, 2009

Michael's Dad Grooming Michael's Kids for Stardom

"Family patriarch Joe Jackson, who famously had a troubled relationship with his own children as he guided their careers, believes his bereaved grandchildren have the makings of showbiz domination just like his late son, Michael," reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

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March 05, 2008

Remembering Larry Norman

I had been a Christian only a few months in summer 1971, so I knew nothing about the young man a few feet away plucking his guitar except that his name was Larry Norman.

Tall, lanky, with sweeping blond hair, Norman was in town for a concert and had dropped by the Christian commune where I was staying. No one had invited him.

Apparently he had learned via the grapevine that our little household, known as His House, was the gathering place for Jesus Freaks in Albuquerque.

Only a few of us were in that night, so we sat comfortably on the floor quietly talking, praying, and singing in the soft lamp light.

Norman played a few of his trademark songs like “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” and “We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (and a Lot Less Rock and Roll).”

Larry Norman went on to be hailed as the founder of Christian Rock Music (and the owners of His House, Denis and Margie Haack, went on to found a ministry called Ransom Fellowship).

Norman defended his work as a musician by invoking a basic Christian worldview principle: “I think everybody should be a full time Christian, even if they work on cars or sell insurance” (quoted in American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon).

When Norman died last Sunday, the obits began pouring in. Here are some links:

* From Steve Turner, Guardian
* From Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly
* From Mark Joseph, Huffington Post
* From Charles Norman, Brother, LarryNorman.com

Update: Larry Norman on Youtube. Ht: Mark Joseph