FRED MCNAUGHTON – Matt Greiner is the drummer of August Burns Red. Matt originally hails from Manheim and now lives in Lititz. August Burns Red has become one of the most popular bands in Christian Music as evidenced by their popularity at this year’s Purple Door Festival. Matt and ABR lead vocalist Jake Luhrs have begun an online ministry to meet the needs of their listeners.
Check out the site, it’s pretty awesome YourLifeMinistries.com
You can also listen to Matt’s interview Here
FRED MCNAUGHTON – I had the opportunity to attend Momentum 2010 this past week. Momentum 2010 is a gathering of Christian Radio and Festival people who get together to share ideas. In addition to great learning sessions, there were also many opportunities to hear artists. One new artist that I was really impressed with was Coffey Anderson. Half way thru Coffey’s song, he backing tracks quit. Coffey continued to play with just his guitar and really impressed everyone by keeping his composure. I think you are going to really like his music (it comes out later this fall). Here’s the song he played for us in Orlando.
PS I did get to talk to Coffey and he told me he was just recently in Camp Hill. Hey Camp Hillers, did you get to see Coffey in concert?
FRED MCNAUGHTON – Great News for fans of 90s CCM – Burlap to Cashmere is reforming. Check it out!
FRED MCNAUGHTON – 28 years ago, on July 28, 1982, Keith Green went home to be with the Lord. He was 28 years old. Keith was killed in a tragic airplane crash in 1982 along with two of his children, the Smalley family and pilot, Don Burmeister. Tonite at 7:30pm you can experience Keith Green in concert by visiting his website.
FRED MCNAUGHTON – Tractor, Tractor harvesting the wheat. Tractor, Tractor harvesting the wheat. What an incredibly catchy fun and engaging song. You’ve probably heard TRACTOR TRACTOR on the Kids Cookie Break or maybe you’ve been one of many who have called Radio Friend Phil to hear it on the request show. Even more fun and engaging is Mr. Randall Goodgame himself. Randall brought Slugs and Bugs to Creation this year despite a nasty gash to his lower leg obtained while building a tree house for his 3 children.
…and watch Randall wow the Creation Kids Stage Crowd. I’m thinking you will find him as fun and engaging as we did, and I’m guessing you’ll be singing “Tractor Tractor” and “Bears” the rest of the day.
FRED MCNAUGHTON – Pastor Harry Thomas is one of my heroes. We tease Harry about looking like Santa Clause. He doesn’t just look the part, though. He is also “lively and quick”! Harry always has a kind word, a joke, and a servant’s heart. I couldn’t tell you how many times he has been at the right place at the right time with a golf cart ride, a hand with carrying boxes, or a much needed word of encouragement. Many Creation volunteers can vouch for the fact that Harry is the best example of someone who Loves Jesus with all his heart, and someone who knows how to serve others.
This morning Lisa and I not only had a chance to Interview Harry about this year’s Creation Festival, but we also played his song, “Quiet the Lion” from his 1976 album. Yes, back then they put them on vinyl, Radio Friend Phil!
In addition to being one of the co-founders (along with our own Tim Landis) of the Creation Festival Harry is also a Pastor, Evangelist, Singer, Songwriter, Radio Show Host, Dad, Grandad, and – added to his resume during the recent Creation Tour – video blogger!
I love Pastor Harry. He is one of my dear friends and true heroes.
Get Up and Go Show Co-Host
Creation Festival Supervisor
FRED MCNAUGHTON – This morning’s musical guest was a breath of fresh air. Engaging, winsome, and fabulously talented – if you’ve not heard of Joy Ike, you need to do some clicking. She is sharing her faith in mainstream settings with honesty, personality and great music.
Watch the interview and song from this morning.
Get Up and Go Show Host/Station Manager
FRED MCNAUGHTON – Jon Acuff’s daily blog is mostly amazing. This one is even more mostly amazing!
Fred McNaughton – aka Phredd
Station Manager & Get Up & Go Show Co-Host
FRED MCNAUGHTON – For many WJTL listeners from the mid to late 80s, DeGarmo and Key was their favorite band. They remained Rock and Roll while adopting “cool” 80s keyboard sounds and production techniques. They also continued to share the Gospel in their same straight-forward manner, even though other artists of the time were finding success with ambiguous lyrics and a less confrontational message.
I had the opportunity to produce/promote/be a part of….about a dozen DeGarmo and Key shows over the years in the WJTL listening area (Hersheypark Arena, Elizabethtown College, Hershey Theatre, LMH, Sight and Sound, Creation). With Dana’s unexpected passing, I was trying to remember some of the highlights from those events. Of the two of them, Eddie DeGarmo was the more affable. He was much more likely to strike up a conversation with you and hang out with the local crew. Dana seemed more serious and focused on the task at hand. I do remember that Dana had the kind of gaze that could turn you into a statue. Intense would not begin to describe it.
Here are just three little nuggets of memories I had from working with Eddie and Dana over the years.
For some reason I ended up backstage just before D&K was to perform at the Creation Festival. As I remember it, this would have been toward the end of their career. They were playing an afternoon slot. I overheard stage manager Denny Keitzman tell them that, for whatever reason, they wouldn’t be able to soundcheck. Eddie, Dana and Tommy Cathey (the band’s bass player) were unfazed by the request and nonchalantly said they could go on without a soundcheck. This was not said with any sort of bragging, just very matter of factly. Then they went on stage and lit into one of the hottest sets I have ever heard at Creation, barring none. They were consummate professionals. They had done thousands of shows and showed complete confidence in their own abilities as well as that of the Creation team they were working with.
Once, when we were doing a DeGarmo and Key show at LMH (Lancaster Mennonite High School). Dana was on some kind of special diet where he needed to eat fish every so many days. Our intrepid concert catering team (Gwenda, Sarah, Cyndee, et.al.) agreed – against their better judgement. By the time school opened back up on Monday morning the fish smell had permeated the entire music wing of the school. I am pretty sure we have not served fish at a concert since.
Lastly, I remember a show we did with Eddie and Dana at Sight and Sound Auditorium. This was the old sight and sound hall before the new one was built. If my memory serves me correctly it was a co-bill between DeGarmo and Key and Mylon and Brokenheart. It was the last day of the tour and the crew was pulling off all kinds of practical jokes. During one song, they lowered a poster of some kind with writing all over it, from the rafters, right beside Dana while he was singing. Even the stoic Dana Key got a laugh from their unexpected prank and laughingly shared with the audience that it was the last night of the tour and that everyone was just a little giddy with the thought of going home. I think it helped all of us realize that these guys weren’t just musicians – they were dads and husbands with wives and children who were excited for their soon arrival.
Dana Key (along with his childhood friend and partner – Ed DeGarmo) was a pioneer of Christian Rock Music. He died yesterday (June 6) reportedly of a ruptured blood clot, at the age of 56. At the time of his death, Dana was pastor of a church in Cordova Tennessee – The Love of Christ Church. His passing gives new perspective regarding his comments from that Sight and Sound concert from long ago about “being a little giddy with the thought of going home.”
Station Manager & Get Up and Go Show Co-Host
FRED MCNAUGHTON – According to posts to his facebook, Dana Key, founding member of Pioneering Christian Rock Band – DeGarmo & Key – passed away yesterday (June 6)
Dana founded D&K along with keyboardist Eddie DeGarmo. Eddie and Dana became best friends in first grade. DeGarmo & Key were one of the most popular and influential groups of Christian Music’s early days.
Dana was a direct descendant of the famous, Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.
At the time of his death, Dana was pastor of a church in Cordova Tennessee – The Love of Christ Church.
We will keep you up to date with more information as it becomes available.
DeGarmo & Key were scheduled to perform at a benefit concert on June 13th. The Driven By Love Flood relief concert was to be hosted by The Love of Christ Church in Cordova and was to be a fundraiser for the flood victims in West TN. Bobby Qualls and his daughter were two of those victims. Bobby lost his life while trying to save his daughter.
Here is a link to his facebook page
Here, too is a video from their 1986 Dove Award Show performance.