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This Week's Jessica Campbell Interview - Episode #297 - October 10th, 2014

Jessica Campbell Interview - Episode #297

I was introduced to the music of Jessica Campbell only a couple of months ago by UTR artist Christa Wells.  I'm really impressed with her brand of pop laced with southern charm.  I was all the more impressed when Christa and Jessica hung out with UTR for a couple of days last month.  Jessica is a terrific live performer and a down-to-earth person that will be a great addition to the artists we play on UTR.  Her new album "III" (Three) just released on OCT.7, and it's one worth tracking down for your personal music library.  (Dave)

  • Travelers Hotel Lovestory for the Brokenhearted
    on Travelers Hotel
    by Chris Taylor
  • III Brighter Days
    on III
    by Jessica Campbell
  • Land of the Living These Hands
    on Land of the Living
    by Eric Peters
  • Great Escape Great Escape
    on Great Escape
    by Jessica Campbell
  • Go, and Sell All of Your Things Let My Love
    on Go, and Sell All of Your Things
    by Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets
  • III Finding The Perfect Love
    on III
    by Jessica Campbell

Hymn Remakes - Episode #296 - October 3rd, 2014

Hymn Remakes - Episode #296

There may not be a better example of "gourmet music" than the hymns.  They are spiritually significant, transcend generational and denominational lines, and have stood the test of time.  I love hearing remakes of these classic songs, and often times it breaths new life into these vintage choruses.  One track that really blew me away was Steven Curtis Chapman's rootsy, down-home remake of "Blessed Assurance," which is one of my all-time favorite hymns.  We also love finding new-to-us musicians, and we feature three UTR debuts this week.  Plus, I loved the interview clips from Cindy, Randall, & Andrew.  (Dave)

Top 14 Andrew Peterson Songs, Pt.2 - Episode #295 - September 26th, 2014

Top 14 Andrew Peterson Songs, Pt.2 - Episode #295

This is the first time we have done episodes like this. Hundreds of UTR listeners cast their votes on their favorite Andrew Peterson songs, and we after tallying the votes came up with this Top 14 list. I conducted this interview with Andrew at Emmaus Bible College in Iowa prior to a concert. I revealed the countdown during the interview, so we got his knee-jerk immediate reaction, which was a lot of fun.   (Dave)

Top 14 Andrew Peterson Songs, Pt.1 - Episode #294 - September 24th, 2014

Top 14 Andrew Peterson Songs, Pt.1 - Episode #294

This is the first time we have done episodes like this. Hundreds of UTR listeners cast their votes on their favorite Andrew Peterson songs, and we after tallying the votes came up with this Top 14 list. I conducted this interview with Andrew at Emmaus Bible College in Iowa prior to a concert. I revealed the countdown during the interview, so we got his knee-jerk immediate reaction, which was a lot of fun.   (Dave)

Social Justice Songs - Episode #293 - September 19th, 2014

Social Justice Songs - Episode #293

This episode has been in development longer than (possibly) any other episode we've done.  We decided we wanted to do a show on the theme of social justice around 4 years ago, and started picking out songs and collecting interview clips on that topic.  Usually once each year, I have had this episode on our production calendar, and for various reasons - mostly related to our lack of available time to research and seek out quality songs - we would scratch this episode and do something else instead.  But we were able to pull the trigger this year, mainly thanks to the research and input provided by one of the UTR Critics (Thank you, Larry Stephan!).  And the end result went beyond my expectations.  We'd love to know what you thought of this show, and if you'd like to see us repeat this theme in a future year.  (Dave)

Judah & The Lion Interview - Episode #292 - September 12th, 2014

Judah & The Lion Interview - Episode #292

I'm very excited to share the interview I did with Judah & The Lion on today's show.  They are on the launching pad poised to have their career take off.  Their latest album Kids These Days just released days ago, and it's one of the best releases I've heard in 2014!  This band has a unique trajectory, because they started as a full-on worship band, and have been developing more into a mainstream-friendly Americana outfit... so I had the chance to ask them about those changes and how intentional they were.  Plus all of the other songs besides J&TL are tracks released in 2014.  (Dave)

Sophomore Appearances - Episode #291 - September 5th, 2014

Sophomore Appearances - Episode #291

We are often introduced to A+ artists we were missing through the recommendation of UTR listeners and fellow artists.  However, even though we are often playing "UTR debuts," we sometimes forget to revisit those artists we loved playing once.  So we're focusing on artists that we've only featured once before and giving them another spin on this "sophomore appearance" episode.  We are also paying tribute to Matt Auten, who tragically passed away on August 19th while rescuing his son from drowning.  If you feel compelled to help support Matt's family, you can CLICK HERE to send your donation.

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