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David Eugene Edwards of Wovenhand: Apocalypse Ain’t for the Faint of Heart

Few artists have committed to the ethic of apocalyptic – even gothic – Americana as completely as Colorado’s David Eugene Edwards. From his early work with The Denver Gentlemen and 16 Horsepower to the last two decades of material he has offered via Wovenhand, Edwards practically haunts every stage, and album, with spirits that are simultaneously spectral and Biblical. On this episode of the True Tunes Podcast, John J. Thompson sits down with Edwards in front of a live audience at the Audiofeed Festival in Champaign, Illinois to talk about his origins, his musical concepts, and his mystical perspectives on everything from the nature of art and humanity to the essence of spirituality and redemption.

Then we crank up the jukebox to hear some other seminal apocalyptic music – and consider the value and purpose of provocative art in general. What is it that is being hidden, revealed, discovered, or avoided, when we drop the needle these days?

 

Full Show Notes and a special Apocalypse Rocks Playlist are available HERE or at TrueTunes.com/Wovenhand

 

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Michael Bloodgood: A Long Obedience in a LOUD Direction

In memory of our friend Michael Bloodgood, we revisit a conversation we recorded with him for the Electric Jesus Podcast in 2021. With roots in the Jesus Movement, but a career that really took off in the 80s metal scene, Michael was a true "metal missionary." We already miss him sorely.

Presented in cooperation with Blue Tape Records and the Electric Jesus Film, and co-hosted by the writer and director of Electric Jesus, Chris White. 

Rest in peace, Michael. 

@45RPM The Prayer Chain: Backstage in ’18

The Prayer Chain is the only band that ever appeared on the cover of the old print version of the True Tunes magazine twice! Though their original run lasted only six years, the band has reunited a few times since breaking up in 1996. One of those was a 2018 show in Anaheim, and JJT was there – in a backstage freight container at a "secret show" at a club called The Wayfarer the night before they rocked the House of Blues. This podcast didn’t even exist yet! But here we have a glimpse of these four friends looking back on twenty years of friendship and music – and the persistent questions about labels, limitations, and purpose.

 

Full Show Notes, and photos, available at TrueTunes.com/PrayerChain18

 

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Chagall Guevara: Revolutionary Art, Halcyon Days, & Long-Play Redemption (+ a Squint Jukebox Meltdown)

The musical highways and byways of this great land are littered with the bedazzled corpses of countless, failed, one-shot rock bands. How many of them, though, would be able to enlist the support of thousands of fans three decades after their demise and raise over $140,000 to mix and master a long-lost live recording – and – release a new studio album – and – celebrate it all with a blistering live show at none other than Music City's hallowed Ryman Auditorium? That’s what Nashville’s Chagall Guevara just did. True Tunes’ John J. Thompson was invited to the band’s secret Music City rehearsal lair for an extended conversation about everything from their origin in the late 80s to their unlikely resurrection during a global pandemic. Steve Taylor, Dave Perkins, Mike Mead, and Lynn Nichols are our guests on this episode of the True Tunes Podcast as we contemplate Halcyon Days, memory, and just how amazing “failure” can sound in the right hands.

On the Jukebox, we take a listen to Taylor’s long-lost Squint Entertainment label and how he channeled his artistic frustration and lessons learned into an artist development story that launched one of the biggest global hits of the 90s; (Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me,”) as well as Burlap To Cashmere, LA Symphony, Chevelle, and more. (Full music list and more can be found on the SHOW NOTES PAGE at TrueTunes.com/halcyon.) 

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The Cornerstone Festival: 10 Years Gone (and counting…)

The original Woodstock Festival happened once. The Cornerstone Festival, however, gathered an unlikely and diverse group of rock and rollers from around the world to two different pieces of land 29 years in a row. Even as the so-called “Jesus Movement,” of the late 60s, and its’ fascinating musical soundtrack, transformed throughout the 80s into more of a subculture than a counterculture, and "Contemporary Christian Music" became more mainstream, Cornerstone kept the fire of revolution burning. With a radical lineup – both musically and educationally – this event was unique in the world. It was responsible for launching several artists not only into the thriving underground, but to mainstream rock, alternative, and metal success as well.

 

The final Cornerstone Festival happened in July of 2012 and on this special edition of the True Tunes Podcast we revisit the event both through archival interviews and performance audio, and newly recorded interviews with some of the festival’s founders. We hear from some of our listeners about the ways Cornerstone impacted them, and co-producer Bruce A. Brown even interviews our host, John J. Thompson, for his perspective. True Tunes traces its roots directly to this incendiary event – when John was just a 13-year-old kid watching The 77s, Rez Band, and others in a field outside of Chicago. We’ll hear that story and a lot more.

 

If you were ever at Cornerstone, you know. If not – take a listen and hear about one of the most unlikely, insane, wonderful, and influential events few people have ever heard of. We’ll also ponder what we miss most about it ten years later – and what, if anything, we might do about that.

 

Music list and more are available on the Show Notes Page for this episode at TrueTunes.com/CstoneRemembered

 

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Walking St. Paul’s Blvd with Michael McDermott (+ Peter Himmelman on the Jukebox)

Not everyone walking St. Paul’s Boulevard makes it out alive. No one survives it unchanged. This mythological road plays home to a haunting cast of characters, and our guide on this episode of the True Tunes Podcast is none other than the road’s creator - and street-sweeper: singer, songwriter, and seeker, Michael McDermott. No one tells a story like this Chicago native. Maybe that’s because so few who walk the path he’s walked live to tell their tales.  McDermott has been crafting some of the most inspiring, and heartbreaking gritty folk-rock this side of the Graceland Cemetery since he burst onto the scene in 1991. His latest may be his best yet – and that’s saying something.

 

While in this soul-searching, folk-rock mood, we crank up Peter Himmelman on the True Tunes Jukebox and hear from another – very different – master of the genre. Himmelman has tapped into the therapeutic, spiritual, communal powers of song for decades – from radio hits like “Woman With The Strength of 10,000 Men” to Grammy-nominated children’s music, and beyond.

 

Full music list and more are available on the Show Notes Page for this episode at TrueTunes.com/StPaulsBvd.

 

Find our review of McDermott's album What In The World HERE

 

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@45RPM - New Tunes From Rich Mullins’ House (An Early Listen to a New Tribute)

True Tunes is excited to come alongside our friends at Old Bear Records and UTR Media as they pay loving homage to the songs of Rich Mullins with a brand new, analog recording made in a house Rich owned outside of Nashville. On this special 45RPM episode of the podcast, we check in with Old Bear owner and member of The Brothers McClurg, Chris Hoisington, who – along with others – conceived of this special conceptual tribute album. Chris also got us some rare audio so that we could offer you, our listeners, an early glimpse at this very special project.

 

The Kickstarter campaign has already blown way past its first goal and just announced a new Rich Mullins project as well. Click HERE to read about – AND BACK this incredible project while you can.

 

"Bellsburg" will include contributions by True Tunes Podcast alums Amy Grant, Kevin Max, Jimmy Abegg, and Taylor Leonhardt, and Mitch McVicker, Derek Webb, and Andrew Peterson, (who were all featured on our two-part Rich Mullins feature,) as well as Ashley Cleveland,  Sara Groves,  Cindy Morgan, Brothers McClurg,  Stephen McWhirter, Jason Clayborn, Ron Block, Ian Zumback, Andy Gullahorn, Carolyn Arends,  David Mullins, Jonathan Mullins, Andrew Greer, Steve Cudworth, Ben Shive, Tommy Sims, Audrey Assad, & Andrew Osenga (all of whom we hope to feature at some point in the future.) 

 

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Michael Roe Did It For Love (Pt.2) [The Lost Dogs, 77s, Kerosene Halo]

In the conclusion of our conversation with Michael Roe we talk about one of JJT’s favorite 77s songs in great detail, along with the birth, evolution, survival, and impact of The Lost Dogs, and the hard-won lessons Roe has learned along the way. The Choir’s Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty offer some revealing perspectives on their brother-in-arms and singer/songwriter/visual artist and Love Coma frontman Chris Taylor reflects on Roe as both a fan and as a young artist under his tutelage.

 

And don’t miss Part One in which Roe talks about his earliest influences as an artist, the progressive faith community that embraced him and made space for The 77s to emerge, and our special 45RPM episode in which his bandmates Aaron Smith, Jan Eric Volz, Terry Scott Taylor and Jimmy Abegg riff on Roe along with longtime friend and advocate Randy Layton. Find the complete Show Notes page, including a complete list of all music used on this episode at TrueTunes.com/Roe2

BUY Michael Roe’s music HERE

Check out our special Spotify Mix of Roe’s music HERE

Don’t forget to check out Michael Roe’s special Jukebox Takeover mix, including over 60 of the most influential records in his life HERE

 

The True Tunes Podcast is sponsored by VisionTrust.org. Help us change the world for one child at a time by sponsoring today. Visit VisionTrust.org/TrueTunes for more information. If you would like to support the show, please consider joining our Patreon community or dropping us a one-time tip and check out our SWAG STORE.

@45RPM - Character Witnesses for Michael Roe (Terry S. Taylor, Jimmy A, Randy Layton, A-Train, & Jan Eric Volz)

On this special @45RPM episode we continue our exploration of the life, music, and legacy of Michael Roe by checking in with some of his closest friends and compatriots. We hear from his 77s bandmates: Aaron "A-Train" Smith and Jan Eric Volz, Exit Records soulmate Jimmy Abegg, longtime advocate Randy Layton of Alternative Records, and fellow Lost Dog Terry Scott Taylor.

 

On Part 2 we will continue to dig deep with the man himself, diving into one of JJT’s all-time favorite 77s songs and hearing all about the formation, evolution, and tragic beauty of The Lost Dogs. We’ll hear about what it might mean to “do it for love,” after all these broken, beautiful years.

 

If you have not heard PART ONE of our conversation with Mike "Dr. Love" Roe - check it out now. 

 

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Michael Roe Did It For Love (Pt. 1) [77s, Lost Dogs, Kerosene Halo, Etc,]

Very few artists have accomplished what Michael Roe has over the last forty years. Between his work with the seminal rock “laboratory” (The 77s,) his membership in a veritable supergroup of unknowns, (The Lost Dogs,) his own solo work, and numerous collaborations (Kerosene Halo with The Choir’s Derri Daugherty for instance,) Roe has made an indelible mark on thousands of hearts and minds. That he has done all of this in relative obscurity is a testament to the deep, spiritual, drive that propels him even when the “system” has let him down. In a fair world, Michael Roe would be a flat-out rock star. It seems someone had better plans for him.

 

In this “part one” of our two-part feature, Roe talks about his earliest influences as an artist: the record player in his parents’ living room. We get to hear a bit of an extremely rare 1969 record on which a 15-year-old Roe made his recording debut. We hear about the progressive faith community that embraced him and made space for The 77s to emerge. And the True Tunes Jukebox spilled records all over the show. On part 2 Roe will talk about his work with The Lost Dogs, the way his community has shaped him and his work, and what lessons he has learned after four decades in the trenches. We’ll also hear from several of his closest friends and co-laborers about what Mike’s life and work has meant to them.

 

BUY Michael Roe’s music HERE

Check out our special Spotify Mix of Roe’s music HERE

Don’t forget to check out Michael Roe’s special Jukebox Takeover mix, including over 60 of the most influential records in his life HERE

Find a list of all of the music on this episode on the SHOW NOTES PAGE at TrueTunes.com/Roe1

The True Tunes Podcast is sponsored by VisionTrust.org. Help us change the world for one child at a time by sponsoring today. Visit VisionTrust.org/TrueTunes for more information. If you would like to support the show, please consider joining our Patreon community or dropping us a one-time tip and check out our SWAG STORE.

 

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