This Week's Sarah Masen Interview - Episode #290 - August 29th, 2014

Sarah Masen Interview - Episode #290

Meeting Sarah Masen was a pure delight. She is a sweet soul with very thoughtful things to share from her heart. Her latest batch of songs from "The Trying Mark" are (in classic Sarah style) poetic and layered. We were also delighted that she could be a part of Escape To The Lake 2014.  She shares some personal stories, including when she found out her son Sam was diagnosed with autism.  Having a special needs daughter myself, I find her words and music comforting and encouraging.  The additional music on the show is terrific too, including Colony House and Burlap to Cashmere.  (Dave)

  • 42 and a Half Minutes with Griffin House I Won't Leave
    on 42 and a Half Minutes with Griffin House
    by Griffin House
  • The Trying Mark Dark Matter
    on The Trying Mark
    by Sarah Masen
  • Burlap to Cashmere Tonight
    on Burlap to Cashmere
    by Burlap to Cashmere
  • Sarah Masen Downtown
    on Sarah Masen
    by Sarah Masen
  • One True Vine One True Vine
    on One True Vine
    by Mavis Staples
  • God in Music City The River
    on God in Music City
    by Sarah Masen

Title Tracks - Episode #289 - August 22nd, 2014

Title Tracks - Episode #289

The term "title track" is the song that bears the same name as the album title.  Usually the song comes first. So this means that, to the artist, that song is special in some way - whether it be theme, craftsmanship, depth, or melodic acheivement.  So as we play all title cuts this week, you can reflect on the fact that for various reasons, these are important enough songs to the artists, that their album took on the same name.  Most of the songs took a lot of consideration, but two that were sure-fire inclusions from the get-go were "Borderland" by John Mark McMillan and "Over Land and Sea" by Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk.  (Dave)

More Listener Requests - Episode #288 - August 19th, 2014

More Listener Requests - Episode #288

We haven't been able to play any listener requests on UTR since May, so we decided to fill up a bonus podcast edition of the program full of more listener suggestions.  I always love getting introduced to new artists and new music by our listeners, and half of the ten songs on this (commercial free) show are making their UTR debuts - including Sharlene Olson, Bradford Loomis, Jason Morant, Universal Royalty, and Matt Auten.  (Dave)

All Listener Requests - Episode #287 - August 15th, 2014

All Listener Requests - Episode #287

June was filled with "specialty shows" like Kelly's farewell and the Critics' picks.  July was all repeat episodes.  So we've collected a fair number of listener requests over the last 2-3 months, and it's always fun to dedicate a whole hour to the songs and artists suggested by our UTR family.  As it seems to happen regularly with these types of episodes, we are introduced to a fair number of artists that we weren't aware of.  I was especially excited to learn about the new outfit called 6'10 (which opens the show).  I have long been aware of Chicago based punk rock band Flatfoot 56.  This is the folkier side of that band featuring lead singer Tobin Bawinkel and former F56 member Josh Robieson [who happens to be a personal acquaintance].  (Dave)

Nick Flora as Guest Co-Host: Episode #286 - August 8th, 2014

Nick Flora as Guest Co-Host: Episode #286

Nick is one of the funniest guys I know, and his personality comes through on this episode.  He did a fantastic job sharing some of his favorite music with us.  But most of all, I'm just so glad I know this guy as a friend.  He's full of sarcasm but also optimism.  He can poke fun yet be the biggest encourager.  Guest-host episodes like this can sometimes be difficult in the editing side of production (and such was the case with this episode).  Still it was such a treat to relive the fun conversation we had with Nick.  Plus, he gave us the excuse to play Andy Osenga twice on the show -- which I wouldn't have the guts to do on my own.  (Dave)

Escape to the Lake 2014 Recap - Episode #285 - August 1st, 2014

Escape to the Lake 2014 Recap - Episode #285

While it's impossible to sum up Escape To The Lake in a 1-hour show, it's fun to produce an overview episode each year.  The interview clips are substantial - I love what Micah Dalton said about how some artists caught in the in-between, not fully embraced by the club scene and not fully embraced by the church scene, can find a home at ETTL.  And I also love how Justin McRoberts took time to praise the UTR listeners for understanding the importance of the arts.  It's a real treat that we can walk away with some high quality recordings of the ETTL concerts, so I knew I would be weaving in live audio (4 songs this episode).  I hope this brings the event a little bit closer to the hearts of those who weren't able to experience it first-hand.  (Dave)

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