Music Rises From the Nashville Flood

posted: May 10th, 2010 by Dave Trout

We've all seen pictures of the devistating flood that has ravaged Nashville.  We've also seen in the past how difficulty and hardship seem to birth some outstanding art.  I'm sure we'll hear a lot of songs that were inspired by trials of this last week.  Little did I know that the first song (to my knowledge) to emerge comes from a UTR friend.I met songwriter Erika Chambers at an event we were hosting in Nashville in early March.  She has a bubbly - almost infectious - personality, and was a true encouragement to our staff.  She even made a cameo in one of our video blogs!In early 2010, Erika was …

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The 2 Moms In My Life

posted: May 7th, 2010 by Dave Trout

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I regard no man as poor who has had a godly mother.”  Consider me a very wealthy man.  My mom, Linda Jean Trout, has been called “an angel” – and I completely agree.  More than anyone else in my life, she has been the best model I’ve had of someone walking with Jesus.  She also is a family –first person, and has raised 5 children who are all now married and serving the Lord in various ways.  Speaking of marriage, my Mom & Dad have been a great example of perseverance and faithfulness, and this summer will be celebrating their 43nd wedding anniversary. Like most of …

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Interview with Andy Osenga

posted: April 29th, 2010 by Dave Trout

One of my favorite songwriters today is one of the rarely-recognized, under-appreciated singer-songwriters of our time.  Andrew Osenga is the founding member of The Normals and was a 6-year member of Caedmon’s Call.  He recently released his 6th solo album, Choosing Sides, and is doing a long string of solo concerts for the first time in his career.  I sat down last month to catch up with Andy. DT:  Where did the inspiration for your new album Choosing Sides come from? Andy:  Choosing Sides is pretty much just a culmination of the songs I wrote over the last year and a half. I stopped touring in the year 2009, and …

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Artists Who Miss Home…. Too Much

posted: April 20th, 2010 by Dave Trout

Earlier this year, we welcomed an indie artist over to our house for dinner after a concert at a local church.  We got into a spirited conversation about the fine line between opening up about one’s family back home and disconnecting with an audience because home is where you’d rather be.  I promised this artist that I would write an article and put my thoughts down (probably a tactic to shut me up that night).  So here is my open letter to artists who often travel away from home. Dear artist friends… There is some freedom and flexibility that comes with the vocation you chose.  I, for one, have been …

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Cheating Death

posted: March 29th, 2010 by Dave Trout
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Short Concert Review - Needtobreathe

posted: March 25th, 2010 by Dave Trout

NEEDTOBREATHE is having a monumental year. Their music has always had mass appeal - based in the bands faith but accessible by the general public - similar Switchfoot in that way. Yet while Jon Foreman's band was playing "Dare You to Move" in arenas, festivals, and large auditoriums, Needtobreathe has been paying their dues playing in small clubs. Yet upon the August 2009 release of "The Outsiders," the band has seen exponential growth in their fanbase. I recently saw them bring their "Won't Turn Back Tour" to a sold out House of Blues Chicago, which lead singer Bear Rinehart confessed was the largest headlining concert in the band's 10 year …

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Interview with Laura Story

posted: March 24th, 2010 by Dave Trout

I’ve had the chance to meet and interview a number of artists over the last year or so. One of the more personable and down-to-Earth artists was Laura Story. She’s likely best known as the songwriter of the huge worship anthem “Indescribable.” Here’s some of my conversation with this under-appreciated worship leader: DT: How was the transition from being a songwriter to becoming a recording artist? Laura: I have done three solo CD’s. The first two are independent, and this last one is with INO Records, called Great God Who Saves. I was thinking that my first independent CD that it was going to be a songwriting demo. I remember …

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How Did I Discover Gourmet Music?

posted: March 16th, 2010 by Dave Trout

The year was 2007.  I was on a steady diet of fast-food Christian music – not that it was all bad – but the kind of non-stop radio friendly happy-go-lucky tunes that gives that greasy post-Quarter Pounder feeling.  Being involved in the radio biz, I could tell you who won the Dove Awards, which albums were certified gold, and what songs had hit #1.  I was a card carrying member of “The Industry.” That year was a difficult one for my family.  We welcomed our 3rd beautiful child into our family, but it was a difficult road getting there, with several pregnancy complications that tried us spiritually and emotionally.  To …

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Video - Mindy Smith

posted: March 12th, 2010 by Dave Trout

On Episode #70 of UTR, we play "What Love Can Do" by the talented Mindy Smith.  Here's a video of another of Mindy's fabulous songs, "Highs and Lows". Mindy Smith "Highs And Lows" from Jon Grimson on Vimeo.    

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Interview with Andrew Greer

posted: March 6th, 2010 by Dave Trout

One of the great joys of my job is learning about terrific Christian artists that are mostly undiscovered.  One up-and- coming songwriter is Andrew Greer.  I had the chance to talk with him recently, and here’s some of our conversation: DT:  When did you realize that you wanted to do music as a full-time career? Andrew:  I loved music my entire life. My mother is a music educator and has been educated in music, so she infused my brothers and I with music of all sorts from an early age. And then, into high school - actually when I began going to live concerts and I began seeing the interaction …

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