UTR Brings Andrew Peterson’s Tour to Chicagoland (Oct. 23)

posted: October 15th, 2015 by Dave Trout
UTR Brings Andrew Peterson’s Tour to Chicagoland (Oct. 23)

Do you know who is our most-requested artist in the 7-year history of Under The Radar? Yep, Andrew Peterson.  And have you heard his amazing new album The Burning Edge of Dawn?  AP just embarked on The Burning Edge of Dawn Tour, with a full band (including AP's son Asher on drums). And to add to the excitement, another of our all-time favorite songwriters, Eric Peters, is the special guest on the tour.  We learned that the tour was not scheduled to stop anywhere close to Chicago, which we thought was a travishamockery.  We decided to "be the change you wish to see in the world" and take the responsibility to bring AP to UTR's homeland.  The …

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UTR Pushes Pause on the Podcast

posted: October 6th, 2015 by Dave Trout
UTR Pushes Pause on the Podcast

The weekly radio show & podcast Under The Radar is the flagship ministry of this organization.  So it was a difficult decision that, for the health of the organization, we need to stop production on new episodes... at least for 4-5 weeks.   Over the last 7 years, many other ministry outlets have developed, including concert events, social media channels, email newsletters, Escape To The Lake, industry showcases, contests, speaking opportunities, and even a few other things. When UTR was under a parent organization, these components had lots of support from several staffers, and of course the efforts were financially backed by the parent org.  Nearly one year ago, on 10/14/14, that organization responded …

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GMA’s 2nd Annual Under The Radar Showcase (Oct.14)

posted: October 4th, 2015 by Dave Trout
GMA’s 2nd Annual Under The Radar Showcase (Oct.14)

We are honored to be invited by Gospel Music Association to host one of the marquee showcase events during Dove Week 2015.  We will present the 2nd Annual Under The Radar Showcase in Nashville on October 14 (the night after the Doves).  During a week where most attention is on the most popular names and biggest radio hits, we have an opportunity to put the spotlight on the spiritual power and cultural relevance of gourmet music.   Scheduled to perform/share with us at the showcase: Cindy Morgan  (12x Dove Winner) Andrew Peterson  (2015 Dove Nominee) Ginny Owens  (3x Dove Winner) Randall Goodgame  (2015 Dove Nominee) Christopher Williams  (IMA Award Winner) John J. Thompson  (Author & Music veteran) Our …

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Concert Review: Ben Rector in Chicago

posted: October 2nd, 2015 by Dave Trout
Concert Review: Ben Rector in Chicago

I have been a Ben Rector apologist for years.  My 3-yr-old daughter's favorite song is "Let The Good Times Roll."  And even though loving Ben is the cool thing to do right now, we have been featuring his music on UTR since 2009!  I've seen Ben perform a couple of times as an opener, but last weekend was my first time seeing him in his own headliner concert, and it delivered on every level. Ben and company took over the Chicago House of Blues for back-to-back nights on the Brand New Tour. That's right... a singer-songwriter dude for 2 nights - the Friday show sold out, and I was at …

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Guest Post by Luke Hyder - Logging my “Pilgrim Miles” as a DIY Artist

posted: September 25th, 2015 by Dave Trout
Guest Post by Luke Hyder - Logging my “Pilgrim Miles” as a DIY Artist

We are excited to have a long-time listener of UTR, Luke Hyder, share the story about the making of his new EP coming out this Fall.   A pilgrim is someone who embarks on a journey with spiritual purpose. This can involve traveling to sacred sites, or revisiting places of personal significance. Pilgrimages can also be voyages that are more figurative, meditative, or creative in nature. As a full-time pastor and a Do-It-Yourself singer-songwriter, the last two years for me have been filled with pilgrimages of all types, each one contributing to the process of releasing my new EP, Pilgrim Miles. In the Summer of 2013, in my seventh year of serving …

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Get To Know Intern Kayla

posted: September 4th, 2015 by Dave Trout
Get To Know Intern Kayla

For the first time since our independent "second launch," Under The Radar has a college intern to help us out this semester.  We're really happy that Kayla VanWyk joined the UTR Team earlier this week. One of the professors at her college called her "one of our brightest students."  So we asked her a bunch of meaninful (and not-so-meaningful) questions to get to know Kayla better, and here's what we learned:   School: Trinity Christian College Year and Major: Senior Communication Arts major Hometown: Pella, Iowa Siblings: 2 older brothers, Shawn and Cory, and 2 step siblings, Johnathon and Allie Best movie you’ve seen in the last 5 years: American …

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UTR’s Gallery South Guitar Pull, Vol. 1 (Sept. 8)

posted: August 28th, 2015 by Dave Trout
UTR’s Gallery South Guitar Pull, Vol. 1 (Sept. 8)

The entire UTR community is invited to The Gallery South UTR Guitar Pull, Vol. 1, which will take place at The Gallery South backyard venue in East Nashville on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00pm.  This gathering is a celebration of songs and stories from artisan musicians and hopefully some opportunity for comaraderie for the songwriters as well.  Best of all, even if you're not within a stone's throw from Nashville, we will be doing a FREE live webstream of the concert event at www.supportUTR.com! We have an amazing roster of artists for the evening, including Eric Peters, Jon Troast, Mercy Child, Christopher Williams, Cardiff State (aka Jaron & Katherine Kamin), Nick Flora, Adam Whipple, and The …

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Concert Review: Tour De Compadres in Chicago

posted: August 21st, 2015 by Dave Trout
Concert Review: Tour De Compadres in Chicago

I remember the social media announcements about the first ever Tour de Compadres put together by Needtobreathe (sorry, I just can't bring my self to put their name in all caps).  I was floored that for the second leg of the tour, ticket holders would get to soak in the music of Colony House, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Switchfoot, AND Needtobreathe in the same night.  So I was practically first in line when tickets went on sale for the FINAL stop on the whole tour this week in Chicago, which just happened on August 19, 2015.  And because it was the swan song of the tour, it made for a wild, fun, and memorable night. The Venue - …

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Live Concerts in the Netflix Age

posted: August 18th, 2015 by Dave Trout
Live Concerts in the Netflix Age

We believe that actively listening to gourmet music will be a transformative experience.  That's never more true than in a live concert setting.  So here is our big, bold appeal to this community: Go to more live concerts. You will thank us later.  Yet, it's becoming more difficult to put on some pants (sometimes literally), get out of the house, and experience live music - especially when the couch and Netflix look like an appealing way to wind down after a long day.  It doesn't take much to detract us from leaving our homes.  One of the key factors is that we have lost sight of the value of concert gatherings. …

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Concert Review: The Lone Bellow in Camden, NJ

posted: August 13th, 2015 by Dave Trout
Concert Review: The Lone Bellow in Camden, NJ

This guest concert review is written (and photo credits) by Joel Mendez ------------------------------------- The Lone Bellow at the 2015 XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ For a band that has only been touring for about three years, The Lone Bellow held their own on a festival and stage shared by some of the best of rock and folk music.  They performed a 40 minute set of new songs from their recently released album Then Came Morning and songs from their debut project as well.  They shared the stage with the likes of Indigo Girls, Courtney Barnett, First Aid Kit, and Delta Rae.  The Lone Bellow was part of the three days at …

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