UTR New Album: 20-Track ETTL 2016 Sampler (Free!)

posted: August 4th, 2016 by Dave Trout
UTR New Album: 20-Track ETTL 2016 Sampler (Free!)

We are excited to release UTR's latest album:  a 20-track Sampler featuring all of the ETTL 2016 artists.  ETTL is happening August 8-11 in Cedar Lake, IN - which is UTR's flagship event each year.  These 20 songs are available for free through the download widget below or direct from the NoiseTrade site.  If you feel so inclined, tips are appreciated, and all monies go to support UTR's non-profit work (including making future album downloads possible).  SEVEN of the tracks are new exclusive songs/versions that were previously unreleased to the public! Enjoy! TRACK LISTING: 1. Hurricane - 6'10 2. Real Fine Day - Mike Farris 3. Second Guess Girl (Remix) [prev. unreleased] …

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ETTL Songwriters’ Bootcamp 2016 [Open To The Public]

posted: July 22nd, 2016 by Dave Trout
ETTL Songwriters’ Bootcamp 2016 [Open To The Public]

UTR has always been passionate about well-crafted songwriting. In an effort to invest in developing songwriters, last summer we held the first ever ETTL Songwriters' Bootcamp - where folks got some in-depth coaching from world-class recording artists, and YOUR original songs could be workshopped. We are excited to offer another amazing Bootcamp this year for the 24 hours prior to ETTL, on AUG 7-8, and the training and leadership this year comes from all across North America! Our 2016 coaches and mentors will be Sara Groves (world-renowned artist from Minnesota), Roy Salmond (award-winning producer from British Columbia), Joy Ike (Philadelphia-based songwriter), Nick Flora (Nashville-based songwriter), Jess Ray (Raleigh-based songwriter), & Matthew Clark (Jackson-based songwriter). REGISTER FOR THE 2016 ETTL SONGWRITERS BOOTCAMP For the first time ever, you …

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Interview with Brady Toops

posted: July 19th, 2016 by Dave Trout
Interview with Brady Toops

Not too long ago, UTR Correspondent Joel Mendez was able to sit down for a 1-on-1 interview with singer-songwriter (and recent reality TV celebrity) Brady Toops.  Here's their conversation about music, the road, and plans for the future.   UTR:  What do you enjoy most of touring? BT:  Besides the hangs in the buses with fellow artists, I think I just love meeting new people. I love connecting with a new crowd. I love the random conversation that you find yourself in after a show - sometimes they are really awkward and sometimes they are beautiful. Sometimes people will tell you a really heartfelt story about how your music has meant so …

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UTR’s Dave Trout Interviewed by Anita Lustrea

posted: July 5th, 2016 by Dave Trout
UTR’s Dave Trout Interviewed by Anita Lustrea

Anita Lustrea is one of the most respected names in the history of Christian radio, and is highly regarded as one of the most talented interviewers in that field.  I (Dave) used to work at Moody Radio in Chicago, and - while we didn't work in the same department - it was always great to rub shoulders with Anita.  She has always been an encourager, ministry-minded, and (maybe my favorite attribute) always willing to question the status quo.  If the name sounds familiar, you have likely heard her voice (and felt her ministry vision) through the long-standing radio show Midday Connection, which ended a 24-year run on the Moody Broadcasting Network …

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UTR Panelists Respond To Bono

posted: June 30th, 2016 by Dave Trout
UTR Panelists Respond To Bono

You likely heard the comments Bono made about his desire to see more authenticity in Christian music -- if not we have the full transcript here.  It's our perspective that Bono was not saying that he's unaware of any or all honest and vulnerable songwriting from Christian artists, but rather he was finding a subtle way to put the system of the industry on blast.  In other words, it's not a question of are there some Christians making authentic art, but rather why the "system" (CCM industry) does not honor or uplift the most honest, vulnerable, and authentic art being made.  Our 10-member UTR Critics Panel has some great minds …

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Best Albums & Songs of 2016 (So Far)

posted: June 23rd, 2016 by Dave Trout
Best Albums & Songs of 2016 (So Far)

The Critics Panel choices of the music that most impacted them during the first half of 2016 reveal a number of artists new to Under the Radar's "Best of" lists. This, in addition to artists already familiar to us, truly reflects the breadth of quality art being produced today by Christian musicians. Sometimes, the hard part is just finding these gems... so we make it easy for you. We think Bono would do well to investigate the music presented here, and we hope you will too! We're confident that you will be pleased with what you find.  (These are listed in no particular order.) [Music qualified if it was released …

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Burlap To Cashmere LIVE in Chicago + Worldwide!

posted: June 23rd, 2016 by Dave Trout
Burlap To Cashmere LIVE in Chicago + Worldwide!

Under The Radar (in partnership with CrossWinds Church Chicago) welcome back to the Windy City award-winning band from NYC, Burlap To Cashmere, live in concert on Thursday, July 7th!  They are one of the most respected and revered live bands in music today of any genre.  The opening act will be critically-acclaimed Chicago-based singer-songwriter Maron Gaffron! If you are within driving distance of Chicago, we would love to see you there in person.  The quality of live performance that both musicians bring to the table is nothing short of world-class!  Twice, we watched audiences give Burlap a standing ovation in the middle of their set (this is quite rare).  Advanced tickets are only $16 and …

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Discounts up to $130 off for ETTL 2016!

posted: June 8th, 2016 by Dave Trout
Discounts up to $130 off for ETTL 2016!

We are really excited that UTR's Escape To The Lake 2016 is almost here -- coming August 8-11 in Cedar Lake, IN.  We want to make the event as accessible as possible, so we are offering some special discounts this month.    INDIVIDUAL DISCOUNT - $80 OFF You can use the promo code "smores" when checking out of our registration site and get $80 off our each adult registration (and $59 off each child registration).  This brings the cost down to $86 per day per adult (which includes quality indoor lodging and all meals from an excellent food service -- on top of all the great sessions, activities, and concerts).  Regular …

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Interview with Maron Gaffron

posted: May 13th, 2016 by Dave Trout
Interview with Maron Gaffron

Native to Chicago, Maron Gaffron is a passionate and soulful singer-songwriter who we first played on UTR 4-years ago on Episode #183.  She is making a comeback to the music scene, and likely to find some brand new fans along the way.  The day this interview is posting (May 13) is release day on her first national album release in 9 years, and an album that she's been working on for 7 years, called The Holding Pattern.  It's available now on iTunes - or wherever you purchase your music.  It's full of rich spiritual lyrics, a soundscape of soul-jazz-blues-folk-rock, and a passionate voice similar to Alicia Keys' best moments.  We had …

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New UTR Album “Live at ETTL, Vol. 1”

posted: May 11th, 2016 by Dave Trout
New UTR Album “Live at ETTL, Vol. 1”

UTR's new various artist album is called Live at Escape To The Lake, Vol. 1 and is now available for free at NoiseTrade (tips encouraged & all tips go to support UTR's ministry work). These live tracks give you a taste of Under The Radar's one-of-a-kind annual gourmet music retreat, Escape To The Lake. This year's retreat is taking place in Cedar Lake, IN on August 8-11 and will allow you to be spiritually, physically, & musically refreshed! Artists on the roster include Sara Groves, Mike Farris, 6'10, Eric Peters, Joy Ike, Jess Ray, The Gray Havens, Christopher Williams, and over a dozen others. Full registration includes all meals and indoor lodging, …

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