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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Neverclaim

phil : October 10, 2013 6:47 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) The Neverclaim released their new, self-titled project, on September 24. The Portland, Oregon based band has been touring in support of their music, and they also made at stop at the Junction Center earlier this year. (Too see videos from their performance, click http://wjtl.com/videos/) The Neverclaim was formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeremiah Carlson (who had been writing songs as a youth pastor at Vancouver Vineyard). Since releasing their independent debut, Carlson has been refining his skills as a songwriter. For more on The Neverclaim, go to http://theneverclaim.com/ You’ll find links to download their music on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, plus facebook, you-tube and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Dustin Kensrue

phil : October 3, 2013 7:42 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Mars Hill Worship recording artist Dustin Kensrue is releasing his debut solo project this week. Entitled “The Water & The Blood,” this disc opens up a new chapter in Dustin Kensrue’s recording career.  Up to this point, Kensrue has been the driving force as vocalist and guitarist for Thrice, the post-hardcore band from Southern California. (Thrice amassed a fiercely loyal following in America and Europe, releasing standout projects like “The Illusion of Safety” and “Major/Minor.”) Dustin Kensrue’s first single is “Rejoice”; it contains the verse: “Turning tragedy to triumph. Turning agony to praise. There is blessing in the battle. So take heart and stand amazed.” Dustin was my guest on New Tunes at 9, and I asked him to share his personal story of redemption and the song, “Rejoice.” http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ For more on Dustin Kensrue, go to http://www.dustinkensrue.com/. You’ll find facebook, you-tube, and a link to buy the new project.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jars of Clay

phil : September 26, 2013 5:53 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) The veteran band Jars of Clay rose to national prominence in 1995 when they released their self-titled debut. The project was an instant classic and it revealed a band with layers of lyrical depth, full of imagery and mystery. (“Jars of Clay” includes their breakthrough single, “Flood,” a song produced by master-guitarist Adrian Belew.) Since then, Jars of Clay has continued to create music on their own terms; full of beautiful melodies, complex harmonies, and exquisite string arrangements.  Their extensive catalog includes records like “If I Left the Zoo,”  “Good Monsters,” “The Long Fall Back to Earth,” and “Redemption Songs.” Now, Jars of Clay releases their masterpiece, “Inland,” a record that finds the band continuing to write about the themes of vulnerability, grace, anxiety, self-doubt and forgiveness. (The disc is confessional, fragile and reverent.) For more on Jars of Clay, go to http://www.jarsofclay.com/home. You’ll find the band’s you-tube page, facebook, Relevant Magazine podcast, and links to buy the new independent project, produced by Tucker Marteen (who’s worked with My Morning Jacket, among others).

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Brad and Rebekah

phil : September 19, 2013 5:52 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Worship-duo Brad & Rebekah have recorded a new project called, “When We Gather.” Brad & Rebekah are celebrating the new disc with a night of worship and music, this Sunday, September 22, 7 pm at Glad Tidings Church, 1110 Snyder Road, West Lawn, PA. (More details at http://bradandrebekahmusic.com/) Brad & Rebekah met while attending North Central University in Minneapolis. They married in 2006, began full-time worship, and released their first worship project in 2008. In addition to their worship music, Brad & Rebekah are also actively involved with the ministries of Watoto, working with the rescued child militia and orphaned children of Uganda. (A portion of each CD sale goes to aid the Watoto Ministry.) Brad & Rebekah state, “There is something powerful that happens when we gather together in the name of Jesus. It’s not a feeling or emotion, but a promise, a promise straight from the lips of our Savior, Jesus.” Listen for the new song, “All You’ve Done,” in the coming weeks on WJTL. For more on Brad & Rebekah, go to http://bradandrebekahmusic.com/ for facebook, videos, music, and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: OBB

phil : September 12, 2013 7:08 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) The Oswald Brothers Band, also known as OBB, is a new band signed to Curb Records. OBB is a 3-piece worship-pop band, comprised of three brothers: Zach, Jacob and Nick Oswald. OBB first came to national attention when they were encouraged by their grandfather to enter the CBS Early Show’s “Singing Family Face-Off.” (They placed third in the competition.) OBB serves on the worship team at Atlanta’s Passion City Church, the congregation founded by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio. OBB lead singer Zach Oswald was my guest last week on New Tunes at 9. Zach shared the story surrounding the group’s new song, “Come on Home,” part of which was inspired by the reaction he was receiving to his mohawk haircut. For more on OBB, go to http://www.obbmusic.com/; you’ll find an acoustic performance of “Come on Home,” facebook, twitter and a link to buy the new EP on iTunes.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Audio Adrenaline

phil : September 5, 2013 6:51 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Audio Adrenaline is currently on their worldwide “Kings and Queens” tour. The veteran Christian band, best known for their hit songs “Big House” and “Ocean Floor,” disbanded in 2006, due to Mark Stuart’s continuous vocal challenges. After a six-year absence, the band reformed in 2012 with Kevin Max, formerly of DC Talk, as their new lead vocalist. Earlier this year, the band stopped by the Junction Center for a live Q&A session with WJTL listeners; Kevin Max spoke about the tour and making the new record, “Kings and Queens.” For more on “Kings & Queens,” and Audio Adrenaline, go to http://audioa.com/ You’ll find a link to stream the project, buy the disc, watch videos, search lyrics, and shop the band store. You can also learn about the Hands & Feet Project, founded by the band in 2004. Hands & Feet is dedicated to caring for orphaned children in the southern region of Haiti. (Listen for the new song, “King of the Comebacks,” this week, on WJTL.)

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Sweet Sorrows

phil : August 29, 2013 7:37 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) A new group called The Sweet Sorrows stopped by the Junction Center last week. The Sweet Sorrows are comprised of Irish singer/songwriter Sammy Horner (formerly of The Electrics); and his wife, Australian singer/songwriter, Kylie Horner (who plays penny whistle and melodica). You can file The Sweet Sorrows under Celtic/Folk/Americana. They are currently touring in support of their first, 10-song project, “It All Belongs.” (Sammy and Kylie Horner were guests on New Tunes at 9 last week.) For more on the Sweet Sorrows go here https://www.facebook.com/TheSweetSorrows You’ll find live performance videos of Sammy and Kylie Horner, music videos, and more.  (You can also go to go to the staff blogs and facebook page at WJTL.com and click on New Tunes at at 9 Roundup.)The new project from The Sweet Sorrows, “It All Belongs,” is available now on bandcamp.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Brian Campbell

phil : August 22, 2013 6:31 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Singer, songwriter and worship leader Brian Campbell stopped by the Junction Center on Tuesday. Campbell, who is touring in support of his latest project, “Hearts Wake to the Giver of Life,” continues to make fans worldwide. (Many people saw Brian Campbell for the first time when he led early morning worship at Creation Northeast.) Brian has partnered with Guitars for Glory, an organization committed to providing guitars and instruments for musicians across the globe. Their goal is to raise enough funds to send over 100 quality guitars and cases to those in need every year. Brian was a guest on New Tunes this week and spoke about “radical generosity,” a phrase he uses when mentioning that the music should, “be attainable to those who are hungry for the Gospel.” (Brian also spoke about his vision for the “Stronger, Deeper, Higher” tour.) For more on Brian Campbell, go to http://www.briancampbellmusic.com/. You’ll find links to iTunes, facebook, you-tube, twitter, and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Tenth Avenue North

phil : August 15, 2013 6:11 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Tenth Avenue North released their latest project, “The Struggle,” in August of 2012. The record quickly debuted at number 9 on the Billboard chart, and the band embarked on the ‘Struggle Spring Tour’ to support the project. (You can watch videos from their appearance at the Junction Center, on the videos page at WJTL.com http://wjtl.com/videos/) Since releasing their debut project, “Over and Underneath,” in 2008, Tenth Avenue North have built a strong fan-base of support. They were named the 2009 New Artist of the Year, and released a follow-up, “The Light Meets the Dark,” in 2010. Tenth Avenue North singer/guitarist Mike Donehey assembled the band at Palm Beach Atlantic University, in Florida. (Some of the central themes explored on “The Struggle” are grace and forgiveness.) For more on Tenth Avenue North, go to http://tenthavenuenorth.com/. You’ll find links to facebook, you-tube, twitter, and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Lost Dogs

phil : August 8, 2013 7:58 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Trends in contemporary music come and go. Certain band’s are “of their time”; other band’s change their approach and sound as quickly as musical trends push in new (and recycled) directions. Finally, there are artists whose music remains true to their creative, visionary soul; music that is often decades ahead of trends, recording technique and fashion. Without a doubt, the music of Lost Dogs falls into the latter description. Since 1992, Lost Dogs have remained fiercely independent by recording cutting-edge Americana music, fusing together elements of Gospel, rock, folk, traditional Country and Country Blues.

Lost Dogs, who played at the Junction Center last week, are comprised of veteran musicians: Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong of the Choir; Terry Taylor and Paul Averitt of Daniel Amos and Swirling Eddies; and Mike Roe of the 77’s. For more on Lost Dogs, go to http://thelostdogs.com/ You’ll find music downloads, facebook, and the ‘store page,’ where you can support the band directly by buying any number of outstanding projects, including their classic, 1992 debut, “Scenic Routes” (featuring the late Gene Eugene of Adam Again).

phil@wjtl.com

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