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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: TobyMac

phil : July 25, 2013 7:01 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.) TobyMac is in the midst of his critically acclaimed, worldwide, ‘Hits Deep’ tour with Brandon Heath, Chris August, and Mandisa, among others. Toby’s latest project, “Eye On It,” debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, and was named by iTunes as the Best Contemporary Christian Album of 2012. TobyMac’s singular vision remains the same today as it did when he was a member of the seminal group, DC Talk. “I’ve been doing this for a while,” he says. “As long as you are discovering new things, creating new things, and climbing new mountains, it will always be fresh.” Toby’s supporting cast, The Diverse City Band, plays what Toby describes as a “musical stew” of rock, funk, soul, Latin, reggae, pop and gospel. For more on TobyMac, go to http://tobymac.com/; you’ll find the launch music player, videos, facebook page, and much more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Robert Randolph & The Family Band

phil : July 18, 2013 7:12 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.) For this week’s Roundup, I want to feature the exhilarating sounds of Robert Randolph & The Family Band. Robert Randolph (along with his cousins and friends), assembled their band at the House of God Church in East Orange, New Jersey. This particular church had been utilizing steel guitars in their services, dating all the way back to the 1930s. Eventually, the pedal steel was introduced in the 1970s, inspiring the young Robert Randolph to absorb what he has hearing from the other steel players. He effectively updated the sacred basis with his own mix of rock, funk, gospel, and R&B.

Randolph was also heavily influenced by late Texas-blues great, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and he’s been outspoken in saying that he yearns to play the pedal steel with the intensity that Vaughan played his guitar. “If I don’t sell a million records, but if we help people move toward being a better person in life, and lean more toward believing in God,” Randolph says, “that will mean a lot.” For more on Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and their new project “Lickety Split,” released this week, go http://robertrandolph.net/

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Ghost Ship

phil : July 11, 2013 6:29 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 sound of praise and worship music is ever evolving and there are currently several bands on the cutting edge worth noting: Fellowship Creative, Bellarive, Citizens, The Sing Team, Tim Timmons and now, Ghost Ship. Ghost Ship is another band signed to Mars Hill Music, the ministry-focused record label from Seattle, Washington. The new project from Ghost Ship is called, “The Good King.” The band posted on the facebook page, “Recently, we heard a story of a guy who got saved listening to the record. Praise God!” The first single off the project is a song called, “The Truth.” The lyrical content is direct and serves as a proclamation of faith: “He is a mighty king. And his will is done. We see his hand at work. See his kingdom come. He is a loving king caring for his own.” Ghost Ship lead singer Cam Huxford was a recent guest on New tunes at 9 and talked about the song, “The Truth.” For more on Ghost Ship, go to the bands facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ghostshipmusic

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Skillet

phil : July 3, 2013 11:28 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.) Skillet’s appearance at Creation last week coincided with the release of their new project, “Rise,” and, for all intents and purposes, this is their strongest project, both musically and lyrically. Skillet has released numerous records of merit since 1996: their self-titled debut, “Alien Youth,” “Invincible,” “Collide,” Comatose, and “Awake”—all fine records in their own right. With “Rise,” though, Skillet has created their masterwork; it combines the band’s keyboard-based symphonic rock sound, with an added emphasis on organic instrumentation (and showcases the strengths of vocalist and keyboardist Korey Cooper, the wife of front man, John Cooper).

John Cooper says, “This is a story about your typical American teenager. He’s coming into adulthood and he’s faced everyday with the horrors that we see every day—floods, bombings, earthquakes, school shootings. He’s also faced with his own problems from his family life. It’s about his path to salvation, and wanting to be significant. The record has a lot of ups and downs, all leading to his salvation experience.” For more on Skillet, go http://www.skillet.com/rise You’ll  find facebook, you-tube videos, various ‘Rise’ music packages, the ‘pan-head ‘page and a link to buy the new disc on iTunes.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: (Creation Festival Artist) Brian Campbell

phil : June 27, 2013 8:11 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.) The 35th Annual Creation Festival is currently in-progress at the Agape Farm, Mt. Union. PA. Among the artists performing today and tomorrow: Skillet, Plumb, Crowder, Hawk Nelson and Petra, among others. (More details on Creation Northeast at http://www.creationfest.com/.) Also appearing this year is singer/songwriter and worship leader, Brian Campbell. (Campbell has been leading early morning worship at Creation this week.) Brian Campbell is currently touring in support of his project, “Hearts Wake to the Giver of Life”; He’s also a member of the ‘Come And Live’ Artist Community. I spoke to Brian, on New Tunes at 9, about his association with ‘Come and Live’ and his passion for giving worship workshops. For more on Brian Campbell, go to http://www.briancampbellmusic.com/. You’ll find his facebook, you-tube and instagram links, and a spot to buy his music on iTunes.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Neverclaim

phil : June 20, 2013 6:33 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.) Last year, WJTL played a relatively unknown band called the Neverclaim. The Neverclaim released their self-titled, independent project, and toured in support of the disc and their first single, “My Soul Longs.” To see video footage of the Neverclaim, Live from the Junction Center, go to WJTL.com, and click the videos tab. The Neverclaim was formed in Portland, Oregon, about six years ago, by lead singer and guitarist Jeremiah Carlson. Carlson was seeking and outlet for the worship songs he had been writing as a youth pastor at Vancouver Vineyard. (Carlson was serving as the Northwest youth task force leader for the Vineyard movement.) For more on The Neverclaim, go to theneverclaim.com. You’ll find the band’s facebook and instagram links, and a spot to buy their music on iTunes.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Reel

phil : June 13, 2013 7:04 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – After releasing several independent projects, a band called The Reel is making new fans with the title-track to the new compilation project, “Come Back Home.” “Come Back Home” was produced by Phillips Larue and Ben Phillips; the project is a partnership with Courage to Be You, Inc., an international, non-profit organization dedicated to building homes and providing care for underage victims of human sex-trafficking.

The Reel is a 5-piece band from Placerville, California. Lead singer Cameron Stymeist plays acoustic guitar in the band, and is the worship leader at Green Valley community Church. For more on The Reel, go to http://www.wearethereel.com/thereel/. You’ll find the band’s facebook and you-tube pages, a link to buy the disc on iTunes, and more. (Cameron Stymeist will be my guest, on New Tunes at 9, on Tuesday, June 25, at 9pm.)

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Fellowship Creative

phil : June 6, 2013 7:27 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 music is alive and well! Bands like Bellarive, Tim Timmons, Citizens and others are leading the way and pushing musical boundaries. Fellowship Creative is another group of artists dedicated to pursuing their craft, and in the process, forging their own identity. Fellowship Creative is comprised of members of the Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas. The band states, “Creativity has been around from the very beginning. We believe we were made in God’s image-the ultimate creator. Therefore, we are creative beings. So the question isn’t ‘if’ we are creative, but how we use our inherent creativity.” To that end, Fellowship Creative presents itself as a multimedia voice for the Christian arts: audio, visual, dance, design and more. Fellowship Creative has released five projects to date. The latest disc, “Always Been About You,” includes 12 tracks, available at their homepage, http://fellowshipcreative.com/. While you’re there, you’ll also find the band’s facebook and you-tube pages, twitter and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Bellarive

phil : May 30, 2013 6:37 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.) Worship band Bellarive stopped by the Junction Center for a live performance recently; they performed songs off their project, “The Heartbeat,” for WJTL listeners. Bellarive is a six-piece band, formed at church by singer/songwriter Sean Curren, in Orlando, Florida. Bellarive, which means “beautiful river,” has been drawing comparisons to David Crowder and Leeland, among others. For more on Belllarive, go to http://bellarive.com/. You can purchase the band’s music, watch videos, read their blog, connect on facebook, purchase music, and much more.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Stomptown Revival

phil : May 23, 2013 5:50 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.) One of the current trends in contemporary music is what I like call indie-Appalachia. (Modern rock bands reinterpreting and updating the traditional music birthed in the Appalachian region of America; rural music from the Virginias, the Carolinas, and Tennessee.) Bands like Rend Collective, Lumineers, The Neverclaim, Mumford and Sons, and Needtobreathe, among others. All of the aforementioned bands are updating the old-time sound of the early-to-mid 20th century, where, in addition to the acoustic guitar, it’s not uncommon to hear the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, and auto harp (an instrument found in the music of the pioneering group, the Carter Family). All of this brings me to a band called Stomp Town Revival, comprised of Seattle producer/artist Brandon Bee, and Gabe Martinez of Circleslide. Bee and Martinez named their band after the stomp box, a percussion instrument that looks like a cigar box with a dangling cord off to the side. “We didn’t really intend to make a record,” Martinez says. “We were just writing for the sheer joy of it. It was spontaneous and organic, with a sense of friendship and community.” For more on Stomp Town Revival, go to http://stomptownrevival.com/. You’ll find links to buy the new EP on CD or vinyl, plus you-tube and facebook pages, too.

phil@wjtl.com

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