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The Joint Goes Official!


In March of this year 2 of some incredible blogging buddies of mine and I kicked off a fun project called the Joint, where we reviewed music in a ‘multi-personality’ format. We’ve had a ton of fun with it. I’ve been stoked to be a part of it and get to know these guys better and interact with ya’ll around the subject of music.

Well we’ve picked up another voice and now 4 of us are cranking out the music reviews. Up most recently has been the review of Fee’s Hope Rising. Before that we had Brenton Brown, Todd Agnew, David Crowder*Band just to name a few. It’s our hope and desire that through the voices of 4 different fellas putting in their thoughts into a review with a brief synopsis, a bottom line verdict, and our own personal favorite tracks and songs that we think could help your worship services that you’d enjoy an incredible introduction to some new and familiar artists!

Some of you have already picked up on it but I’m stoked to announce that the Joint Review has gone “official” and moved from this:


to this:

The Joint Review


AND we’ve gone from reviews showing up on our individual blogs to our very own website that can be found at Check out the music. Show some love and spread the word.

Thanks ya’ll!


David Crowder’s CHURCH MUSIC Delivers! Review & Wine Metaphor

I am stunned and shocked by the intensity this worship project brings. It’s absolutely ruining the rest of my music collection right now!

As many of you know, today’s the day! New David Crowder*Band goodness for you to feast on. And let me tell you, it is yummy goodness! We’ve featured it in our multi-perspective review BLOGSITE The Joint (yup we went pro on you and made our own site!) and I highly recommend you check it out. Shucks just go buy the CD and then read the review while you dig in!

I do warn you! This worship project is not for the faint of heart! It has been masterfully thought out thematically, lyrically, and stylistically and shall be like your favorite red wine. One that with each sip gets better and better and truly gets better with time! But I encourage you to drink deep!


David Crowder gets an African Village Tribute

David Crowder Tribute

It’s almost silly to state something so absurd but it’s true! Apparently, (I just checked as I began writing this post) he’s one among Chris Tomlin, Newsboys, and MercyMe who has received a tribute CD from the African Village Band

And this is new stuff! 

  1. Everything glorious
  2. Foreverandever Etc…
  3. Here is our King
  4. O Praise Him
  5. Open skies
  6. No one like You
  7. Undignified
  8. You alone
  9. You are Everything 
  10. You are the one

So not everything new but a good many of them! Apparently the last 2 are originals, they’re found on all the tribute CDs. 

Honestly, while some sound ridiculous, others have an incredible groove happening. On the sample clips, Here is Our King and You Alone really stood out!

So, who’s up for some tribal worship??? 
I want to see that on Fred’s Worship Carnival!!!


I hate you David Crowder

…no, I cannot get this out of my head…

Seriously, thanks!


Sunday Setlist Oct. 19th – YOUTH WORSHIP

Last night was our first Youth Worship Service of the season! It was incredible! Probably the most engaging worship service that I’ve had with our students. It was truly spectacular witnessing what’s happened with our students! 

Here’s what we played: 

  1. Make a Joyful Noise/I Will Not Be Silent – David Crowder*Band – Lime CD
  2. We Won’t Be Quiet – DC*B – Remedy Club Tour
  3. Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall – Flying Into Daybreak
  4. Forever – Chris Tomlin – Live in Austin
  5. Grace Like Rain – Todd Agnew-ish

Here’s what we had: 

  • Conner Byrd (me) – guitars and lead vocals
  • Stephanie (student) – backing vocals
  • John Ryan (student) – electric guitar
  • Billy (student) – bass
  • Smitty Bombs – turn tables and percussion kit
  • Foo-oswald – drums

Yes the names of the guilty adults who participated have been changed to their nicknames 🙂 

I think I probably played one too many songs looking back. Our first two were so energetic and crazy that I was winded after finishing them 🙂 By the time we got to Forever, I wonder if I shouldn’t have simply moved to Grace Like Rain. Regardless, the students pushed on through and their enthusiasm and singing and clapping was encouraging. However, I think next time we might split up and do 3 or 4 and then come back and finish with another 1 or 2. 

I’ve been brewing on this ‘God as light’ lately and so before Marvelous Light (as I swapped to my acoustic) I got a little excited talking about how we all are aware of our dependance on light from sunlight and even fabricated light in our daily activities, how we need the light to function and see and walk about and how we depend on the light for our survival. It’s not wonder why God uses the light as a metaphor for Himself. Our spiritual survival is dependent upon living in the light of Jesus Christ. 

I know preachers shouldn’t sing and singers shouldn’t preach but sometimes I get carried away! 

I just still can’t get over how much the students participated in our yelling and chanting and lifting our hands and spinning 🙂 We have a really young student ministry at RCC and all of this is still pretty new to our students. Seeing them going for it last night was so incredibly special it’s just hard to put into words! Having students up there leading worship with me made me so proud! I am so blessed to have students interested in playing and willing to play in church. Thank you Jesus! 

All a part of Fred’s Setlist Carnival.


Fall Festivus 08

The Summer Funeral was greatness, there’s no doubt about it. However, it was the one-two punch of the Summer Funeral in conjunction with the Fall Festivus that got students saying things like:

Our youth group is crazy! I love it!!

There’s not a whole lot of explaining involved in what happened with the Fall Festivus. So here goes: 

  • Flour bombs – fill single sheet Kleenex with flour
  • Shaving cream – fill hands full of shaving cream and have at it
  • Water balloons – fill balloons with water
  • Slip N Slide – head in to your local hardware store (Lowe’s or Home Depot or whatever you chose) and in the painting section they have rolls of super thick plastic rolls. I think ours was 10 feet by 50 feet. 
  • Jambalaya – yeah…it’s delicious!

But why allow me to ramble on. Check it out for yourself: 

Kudos to



The David Crowder*Band coming to a movie theater (or theatre) near YOU! Get your tickets on August 13th and then preview the DVD on the big screen! 
And they’re coming to Baton Rouge baby!! Click on the image above to find a theater (or theatre) in your city and we’ll all nab it together and twitter about it and blog about it and join in the festivities together!

Where are my manpers!


I’m baaaack!

Camp season is finished and I’m baaack! There is so much to tell from this week so I hope I don’t bombard you with camp stories and videos and pictures and excitement and yeah see I’m already doing it 🙂 

There’s a long overdue Dark Knight review. I did see it on the Thursday night midnight premiere and it was WICKED!
But camp was just so incredible! I did worship again with my brother-in-law on drums, a student of mine on bass, and an old friend of mine on vocals, keys, guitar, harmonica, etc. If you think you have the stones to pull off Crowder’s Can You Feel It? without a laptop and/or tracks/loops/etc. then let me know…then I’ll show you our video! HAHAHA! Insane scratches the surface of last week. And it lasted for 5 days!!! 

So, after Youth tonight I’ll begin to catch up for time away from the computer last week.


…do you wear hats at your computer?


The Remedy Club Tour Live CD + DVD

I knew this was coming but…my seat is wet…I just peed my pants…August 19th can’t get here quick enough!


Passion – God of this City Videos

I’m sitting here listening to the new Passion CD: God of This City when I find out there are some promo videos out there. Your probably familiar with the CD itself already so I’d like to point you over to these videos in case you aren’t. has 5 short blurbs that go something like this:

Tomlin on “God of This City” – In the middle of the Tomlin tunes is this little song that became the title of the new CD: God of This City. Tomlin shares the story behind it basically of the detainment in Belfast, Northen Ireland not sure they were even getting in to the country with a concert the next night. God pulled through and connected them with the band Bluetree and nailed Tomlin and company with this tune. Daniel was immediately taken with the chorus and so they got permission to use it and here we have God of This City.

Crowder on Passion – It’s pointless to watch and hilarious to watch. Just go do it! It’s Crowder doing what Crowder does.

Louie on Passion – It’s Louie doing what Louie does, making you feel like God could use you to conquer the world for Jesus. I love his vocabulary though! Passion is definitely a “movement” and this CD’s goal is to give us a snapshot of that movement. Sure they want this CD to be great and they’ve remastered some of the iTunes bundles but if your taken back to what you experienced at some of the last gatherings or are drawn to God by this CD, that’s the intention!

Charlie on Passion – Charlie’s stoked they’re going all over the globe and apparently is in a train station! HAHA! videos near a railroad track – bewildered by the global tour

Redman on Passion – Matt’s just excited other continents are getting exposure to Passion 🙂

Full review coming later of the new stuff. I’m glad the old tunes already released seemed amped up and touched up to give them a little glisten to those already having them in our iTunes library! If you haven’t purchased it yet head over to iTunes or 268 for a physical CD and make sure to pop into hearitfirst to watch the vids!

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