"Under The Radar" started in 2008 as a syndicated radio show and podcast. In 2014, it become an independent non-profit organization. But now in 2017, it's time to pivot. We are no longer built around a single radio show; we want this ministry to be a multi-media umbrella -- with content celebrating well-crafted, faith-inspired music. So the new name for the organization is UTR Media. And the first of 5 new podcasts is one that will have a ton of similar flavor to the old show, with a few new ingredients blended in as well. We are introducing the debut episode of the Gourmet Music Podcast! In this 75-minute episode, we pack in a ton of amazing songs that have been released in the last 9 months. And we guarantee you will hear at least one artist you've never heard before! NOTE: If you use the Apple Podcast platform, we will not be adding new episodes beyond this one to the old "Under The Radar" feed. You will need to subscribe to the new Gourmet Music Podcast feed. *Also available on Stitcher.
We originally aired this episode exactly one year ago, and it features some of the best love songs penned by Christian songwriters. I find it unfortunate that some Christians turn their nose up at love songs because they think Christians should be writing songs about God all the time. I believe that perspective is very short-sighted concerning what is "about God." Do Christians experience falling in love, going through a break-up, frustrations in parenthood, great joys, and deep sadness? Of course! So my hope is for this community to encourage Christian songwriters to write about the entire pantheon of the human experience from their Christian worldview... and that includes romantic love songs. I hope you all have wonderful Valentines' weekend, and thanks for making this episode a part of your soundtrack. ((Dave))
We first played Jenny & Tyler on UTR about 5 years ago, in January of 2011. Since then, they've become one of our most interviewed and most played artists on UTR! You may have heard that J&T actually recorded and completed their latest record Of This I'm Sure a year or two before it was actually released (as they negotiated their very first recording contract with Residence Music). Well, in that same vein, we actually recorded this interview with J&T in May of 2014. They probably didn't know that they were still a year and a half away from releasing this project. So I decided to hold on to the interview until after the album came out. Sure enough it was cited by our critics as one of the best albums released in 2015. This album gives some behind-the-scenes glimpses at both the vision and inspiration behind their music. Plus, with all the holiday shows and critics' picks, it's been a while since we have been able to play requests from YOU... so the rest of the songs are all listener suggestions. ((Dave))
These critic pick episodes are some of my favorites. This is another hour just packed to the gills with Grade A well-crafted songs. Some of these songs might have even been missed by me if it weren't for the discerning ears of our Critics Panel. Again, I'd like to thank John, Ann, Larry, Kevin, Lindsay, Russ, Matt, & Jen for their help on our panel. And a few of the songs we play this week are available for free on the "UTR Best Songs of 2015" Sampler Album - available now at NoiseTrade. (Dave)
We keep our UTR Critics Panel working hard as they helped to compile a list of over 50 songs that really WOW'ed their ears in 2015. In this hour we pass along some of that WOW to you, as we feature the first half of a 2-part series featuring the Top Gourmet Songs of 2015. If you're looking for an hour where the best of the best is featured... look no further. And I love that there's a wide variety of styles, from indie-pop (Ben Rector) to electronica-rock (MuteMath) to sparse folk (Arthur Alligood). There's a little of something for everyone in this episode! (Dave)
I look forward to this episode each and every year... it's one of our longest-standing traditions. This is the 6th consecutive year we have presented the Top 11 Gourmet Albums countdown. This year was an exceptional year for "gourmet music" releases -- and maybe the first time ever that Sara Groves, Andrew Peterson, and Josh Garrels all released new studio albums in the same year. It's really fun to do a show in a "countdown" format at least once a year. If you know any folks who have never given UTR a listen, please send this episode link to them via email, Facebook, Twitter, or singing telegram. This really is the cream-of-the-crop in ALL of music in any genre, and it's a great hour for introducing someone to the world of gourmet music. (Dave)
As I thought about what show to plug into this week, which is the final week of our holiday haitus, I had to look no further than the show that released on 12/4/15, which very appropriately was an episode all about appreciating some of the amazing gourmet music that came our way in the year 2015. That will lead us perfectly into next week, when we return with an all-new episode, and we countdown the UTR Critics' picks of the Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2015! (Dave)