One21 Music Takes You Back to Cornerstone

In 3 weeks One21music starts the 18 hour drive to Cornerstone Music Festival 2011 (June 28-July 3).  Just like last year, we invite you to join us and live the excitement of the Cornerstone Music Festival. Nearly 300 artists will perform probably 800 sets on 10 stages over a span of 6 days.  That does not include the daily morning worship services that happen at multiple locations throughout the festival grounds.  In addition to all of that, there are 25 seminar series in 5 tents and art and sports and movies.  It is a little crazy to watch the this idyllic farm in western Illinois turn into a Christian Times Square for a week.

Between now and when we leave, we are going to prepare you for the festival by providing you a list of all One21music artists on the Cornerstone schedule, expand the One21music roster to include new Cornerstone performers, most of them have been seen in Silent Parties club, highlight the Cornerstone New Band Showcase performers and provide you the Cornerstone 2011 schedules of the One21music team.  Once we arrive, just like for Cornerstone 2010, we will provide you daily insight into our Cornerstone experience with words and images.  That way, if you can’t make it, you can experience Cornerstone 2011 through One21music.  If you are going to be there, you can re-live Cornerstone 2011 at One21music and maybe catch some things you missed.

Before all of that, I would like to take you on what I expect from our journey through Cornerstone 2011.  All four of us on the team have very broad musical tastes.  I would say that Ian and Rebecca have a greater affinity for hard core music than Debbie and Chuck, who tend to like alternative rock and folk.  However, I assert that Chuck and Ian truly do like all kinds of music.  Cornerstone 2011 will have more samples of all musical styles than anyone can possibly experience.  So we go into Cornerstone realizing that, for every great set we see, we are missing at least one that is happening somewhere else.  Patience, gratitude ans serenity are vital personal traits for Cornerstone.

The Journey

There is no way to make the 18 hour trek from Austin, Texas to Bushnell, Illinois, and still make it to Cornerstone in time for the noon press check-in, without driving all night. Nothing is more miserable than driving through the night to spend two hours checking-in and setting-up camp.  So we will not do that this year.  We will leave mid-afternoon  to drive through the night to a nice hotel in McComb, Illinois, arriving about noon.  The late evening and early morning will take us through the tornado ravaged regions of Oklahoma and Missouri (right through Joplin) so we will be doing some praying for those residents as we pass through.  Monday afternoon we will relax and prepare for the six day marathon that is Cornerstone.

Cornerstone 2011, Day One-June 28 Checking in with Joy (Williams)

The first day is a full-on sprint checking in, finding your camping spot setting up camp and scoping out the scene. We will be in the same spot as last year to set-up One21music base camp.

One21music at Cornerstone

Cornerstone 2011 does not officially start until Wednesday night so many people will not arrive until the next day but we like to be at Cornerstone from the very beginning.  Like last year, the streets will be pretty quiet until Wednesday when this Cornerstone Main Street will be practically impassable.

Mainstreet at Cornerstone

The music starts at 2:30 on Tuesday at one of the “unofficial” generator stages.  Faith In The Unseen hits the Sancrosanct Records stage with double bass drums pounding and screamed lyrics flying through the skies.

Our treat for all the driving arrives at 7:00 on the Chelsea Cafe stage when Joy Williams, taking a break from The Civil Wars summer tour, performs songs from her decade long solo career.  I just saw The Civil Wars sing “Poison and Wine” on The Tonight Show. We are huge Joy Williams fans and we are going to try to catch her for an interview. Joy is followed by bluesmen Josh Davenport and Khadag Blue.  The evening caps off with Cornerstone godfather and blues legend Glen Kaiser.

Joy Williams

Cornerstone 2011 Day 2- Come & Live, Andy (Hunter)

Cornerstone 2011 “officially” opens on Wednesday evening but before then, the entire One21music team will spend most of our Wednesday at the Come & Live Stage. This music ministry offers music from its stable of artist for free through their website and supports the Christian musicians in their mission to spread the Word through their music. Preson Phillips, Fallstar, Men As Trees Walking and So Long Forgotten will carry us through the early evening with their deep spiritual music.

The Wednesday highlight is Andy Hunter on the main stage.  This electronic worship leader from the U.K. dazzled us in 2002 with an amazing set that ended with the Holy Spirit taking everyone within 100 yards of the hall to their knees and dozens of people committing their lives to Christ.  We are excited to see him turn this big Main Stage field ….

Cornerstone Main Stage

…into an outdoor dance club like this

Andy Hunter

Cornerstone 2011 Day 3- Nashville and Punk

After our first truly late night the 30,000 people at Cornerstone will be ready to rock. We will seek out one of the youth worship events and then head over to the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase (over the next few weeks we will be sharing interviews with Showcase performers such as For The Broken, Beggars and Josiah James). After checking the “deconstructed folk,punk” of Insomniac Folklore we will head over to the Gallery Stage for Paper Route. We will end the night with the organized riot that is punk maniacs Flatfoot 56. Last year they honored “shark week” with a nautical stage show and a human shark tank.

Flatfoot 56

Cornerstone 2011 Day 4- P.O.D. Returns to Main Stage

Friday is the day for hard core fans when For Today and former Korn bassist Brian “Head” Welch lead up to the return of the original P.O.D. to the Cornerstone main stage. P.O.D., a former Cornerstone new band showcase winner, is one of the biggest Christian cross-over bands of the 21st century. “Alive” was their big crossover hit.


Cornerstone 2011 Day 5- A Five Star Day Fights Fatigue

By now the 16 hours a day of music from 10 stages, tent sleeping and 30,000 people will have washed away the “real” world and worn us done a bit. However, more morning worship followed by Seabird, Blindside, Anberlin, Ilogical Spoon and Josh Garrels make Saturday one of the best of Cornerstone 2011Josh Garrels was not at Cornerstone 2010 and we missed his deeply spiritual folk, hip-hop.

Josh Garrels

Cornerstone 2011 Day 6- It Can’t Be Over Yet

We end the week with a day of worship. For the more traditionally minded, the Main Stage will feature international recording act Robbie Seay Band and Grammy nominated Gungor.  If you like your worship a little edgier you are in luck because Sleeping Giant and The Chariot close out Cornerstone 2011 with their progressive hard core worship services.

Sleeping Giant

Then it is over.  Al that is left is breaking down camp and driving 18 hours back to Texas.  I am already sad.  Keep coming back for more articles and updates on Cornerstone 2011.

The One21 Essential 100 Pt.1

essential100 copy

The One21 Essential 100 is a collection of albums that represent the best in creativity, innovation, and originality in music. This is not a “best of” list, nor is it influenced by album sales, or even popularity. Our attempt with this series is to highlight the gems, those rare albums that push boundaries and encourage new ways of thinking; both musical and philosophically. In our opinion, the music highlighted in this series is the “good stuff”.

Simply what this is going to be is a list of 100 albums from Christian music artists that we think you should own. Like our website, most genres will be represented, and some of the albums will be from as far back as the 60s, to as current as 2009. Each week we will post five albums, in no real order, with descriptions, album artwork, and places to buy the music.

Staple Singers- Freedom Highway
Freedom Highway
The Staple Singers

Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
Before The Staple Singers became an icon of gospel/folk/civil rights music they released a classic live gospel album. Freedom Highway was a 1965 marker in the merge of popular music styles with gospel music. Here Pops Staples’understated sound is complemented perfectly by the others’ melancholy harmonies and Mavis Staples‘ growlingly soulful lead vocals. Tracks like “This Train Is Bound For Glory”, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “What You Gonna Do” are superlative?” Also deserving a mention is their semi-acappella rendition of the “Lord’s Prayer” which will truly make the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. Freedom Highway is a great selection from one of gospel’s greatest and most original groups and an absolute must for anyone interested in gospel or blues music.
Highlights: Lord’s Prayer, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, This Train

beloved failure on
Failure On

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While most bands like to experiment in many different styles, it is rare to see a band that is able to not only FULLY embrace both sides of it’s musical coin, but blend them in a way that makes sense. After making a name for themselves as a “indie hardcore” band , the North Carolina quintet, Beloved, unleashed Failure On in 2003, surpassing all expectations of being able to combine melodic indie rock with brutal hardcore. The dynamic allowed the band explore many different avenues, not on musically, but lyrically as the softer more rock driven vocals of Josh Moore served as a catalyst for the aggression driven emotions of drummer Joe Musten’s grit filled screams. Failure On proved that two very different shades of sounds could play together, and when used as they were in Failure On, be a powerful double-bladed sword.
Highlights: Death To Traitors, Defect from Decay, Aimless Endeavor

andy hunter exodus
Andy Hunter

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The wall of rhythm and sound that marks Andy Hunter’s debut, Exodus, didn’t come about overnight. Andy’s ability to weave together elements of Progressive House, Trance, Drum and Bass, and Electronica genres is the result of several years of experimentation and refinement in dance clubs and churches across Europe. But it wasn’t only his craft that was progressively honed during those years; it was also Andy Hunter’s vision for worship and his skills as a worship leader. The songs on Exodus are praise and worship songs with a beat. “Go,” inspired mainly by Exodus 12:31, reminds us of this revealed truth, which the postmodern mind fails to recognize — that true freedom cannot exist apart from God. “The Wonders of You” is inspired by Exodus 15:11 “Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you — majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” The lyrics of “Radiate” are simple, and I think the music is able to translate their earnestness. I want you/To radiate/Your perfection/Permeate/Burn in me/Eradicate/So burn, burn. Based on Romans 8:26, “Angelic” is part trance, part prayer. The vocals are without lyrics (“groanings which cannot be uttered”). Speaking-in-tongues set to a cool “chill out” beat.
Highlights: Go, Angelic, Radiate

anathallo canopy glow
Canopy Glow

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The indie collective known as Anathallo had spent a good part of the mid to late 2000s becoming one of the most adored band’s in their scene; but it was 2008’s Canopy Glow that saw the band finally solidify and focus their chaotic sound and record an album that was as much interesting as it was creative. Canopy Glow runs the gamete of Anathallo’s musical abilities, allowing at time for both their uncontrolled jam clattering while honing their melodic and lyrical prowess. Every song is a journey, every instrument a different character in Canopy Glow’s whimsical play. In the end, Canopy Glow’s unconventional song structures and fleshed out layering make it a classic for any who like to hear something new every time they listen.
Highlights: John J. Audubon, Italo, The River

Third Day - Conspiracy 5
Conspiracy No. 5
Third Day

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Conspiracy No. 5 is Third Day’s second studio album and fifth album overall. Conspiracy No. 5 is considered by most to be the band’s most aggressive album to date. It is a departure from their original rootsy Southern rock style to a heavier, Southern grunge style. Whereas many people compare their first album to the music of Hootie & The Blowfish, this second release is often compared to Pearl Jam. This is a soaring, rollicking rock album that marks the highpoint of Third Day as a rock band.
Highlights: I Deserve?, My Hope Is You, Alien