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.

P.O.D.

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 Civil Wars at SXSW 2011

The Civil Wars SXSW 2011

So The Civil Wars made quite a splash at SXSW 2011.  They played two and three shows a day for the entire festival.  It is a good thing they did, because throngs of fans followed them from location to location.  Their official SWSW 2011 showcase was mobbed by industry insiders and was such a hot ticket the our press pass could not get us in.  However, one21music was fortunate enough to catch The Civil Wars at an outdoor party held in the parking lot of The Hotel San Jose.

The Civil Wars is the white hot, big buzz collaboration of Christian musician Joy Williams and John Paul White.  Sorry ladies despite the strong resemblance that is not Johnny Depp.  They ride their high, transcendent harmonies through songs about the dark backwoods, old time gospel raves and even a covers like Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and the traditional “You Are My Sunshine.”  Joy Williams lives-up to her given name.  She is one of the happiest people I have ever seen on stage.  The Civil Wars give off an old west traveling medicine show vibe to their music and their harmonies are transcendent.

We are so glad we ere able to see The Civil Wars at SXSW 2011.  Since you could not be there we would like to give you a taste as Joy and John performed a new song for us on that sunny day.

The Civil Wars Sing “O’Henry” at SXSW 2011

Gettin Giddy: The Civil Wars-Barton Hallow

There are just some albums you cant help but get giddy about…..
The Civil Wars-Barton Hallow

It is easy to forget that good songwriting can make anything great. Take the most basic of foundations: two voices, a guitar, and sometimes a piano. In most hands this would get tired after a few tracks, but used in conjunction with solid songwriting, it is masterful. This is the case of The Civil Wars.

Comprised of John Paul White and Joy Williams (yes, THAT Joy Williams), the music of The Civil Wars is haunting, delicate, and moving. Barton Hallow is their debut full-length; a collection of Americana folk songs that are diverse and powerful. Every track has a constant spirit of melody and depth, but never really sounds like the song before it. Perhaps, because every story cannot have the same sound track, and at the end of the day, that is what folk is all about.

To understand better, watch the official music videos for the albums two lead singles:

Poison & Wine

Barton Hallow

Before the release of Barton Hallow, The Civil Wars released a series of videos of them playing some of the songs that would make up the album. Below is one of those videos

Falling

We highly recommend this album to anyone who loves great music. The melodies are hypnotic, the songs are masterful, and the performances are flawless. Barton Hallow is a classic album from beginning to end.

Buy Barton Hollow on Amazon (CD, Vinyl, and MP3)

Download the title track for free

Noisetrade Is The Coolest Pt.1

So for the first time in almost a year, I am having a hard time finding free downloads for you guys.  The bad part is….well, no free downloads.  The good part howver is that I get to tell you guys about Noisetrade.com and all its coolness.

noisetrade

Co-founded by Derek Webb in 2008, Noisetrade.com is an entire website of downloadable music that you can obtain through two channels. The first is a “pay-what-you-want” format that allows you to pick how much you want to pay for any given album on the site. They have recently reformed the site to call this money you spend a “tip”, and it can be a s low as a $1, to as high as $100. The second way to get music off the site to to give them some info (email address, zip code) and sugest the download to a few friends, either through Facebook or direct email. Either avenue, both artist and listener win.

Im going to spend the next few weeks telling guys about some of the cool stuff Ive gotten off the website, and then give you an opportunity to download it yourself.

So, it could kind of be like a free download…..

JGHymns is an eclectic collection of old timey hymns mixed in with some very modern music techniques. Expect to hear about every instrument known to man, and then on top of that there is the whole elctronic element too. It sounds really strange, but it works really well, you can listen to samples above

If you have been on the site before, you will know that I love So Long Forgotten, their blend of progressive rock mixed in with folkish post-hardcore is unbeatable in my book. The album above is CD before they signed on with Come&Live!, and I am starting to love it almost equally…..

The Civil Wars is Joy Williams little duo side project. they are really great, they play kind of a dark pop sound that reminds me of Eisley and Johnny Cash at the same time. This live recording was what made everyone take notice of them, and Im sure you will too

I’ll be back next week with some more suggestions for you guys!!

New Releases For April 5th & 6th, 2010

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We Mapped The World EP
Joy Williams

sensibility music
Indie Pop
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Autumn In Repair EP
Autumn In Repair

Varietal Records
Pop Rock
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Vagabonds
The Classic Crime

Tooth & Nail Records
Pop Rock
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Are You Listening?
Emery

Tooth & Nail Records
Screamo/Pop
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I Have A Song
Shannon Wexelberg

Discovery House Music
Worship
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Teenage Fantasy
Secrete & Whisper

Tooth & Nail Records
Post-Hardcore
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When Worlds Collide
SinBreed

Ulterium Records
Traditional Metal
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Eternity Invades
Vicky Beeching

Integrity Media
Contemporary
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Joy Williams Readies New EP

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Joy Williams‘ upcoming, April 5th, EP entitled We Mapped The World.  Is it just me, or between The Civil Wars and her solo stuff, does it seem like Joy Williams releases something like every 6 months or so?  Man, she may be one of the hardest working ladies in the biz…

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1. We Mapped The World
2. Tightrope
3. Woman Of A City
4. Lover, Find Your Cover

for more new releases, please check out our ALBUM RELEASE DATES page to stay up to date on all the new music coming out

Christian Music News November 17th, 2009

Headlines

The 2009 HM Magazine Reader’s Poll is now open. Now go vote for your favorite music this year! Fill out the 2009 HM Magazine Reader’s Poll.

We Shot The Moon flipped their tour van this weekend on some icey roads. All band members walk away from the accident with minimal injury.

Nevertheless will be splitting at the end of 2009. They will play two more hometown shows and then disband “with no hard feelings”

Second Thief has signed on (again) with Alien Patrol Records.

Although no official announcement has been made, Amber Pacific has signed with Victory Records. That makes four bands we cover on Victory. Cool stuff…

Corey Crowder has apparently split from Tooth & Nail Records as he will release his next album, Lost & Found, independently.

Goth rock outfit Eowyn has announced that they will begin full time touring in 2010 after more than a year hiatus.

Impending Doom, Dependency, The Classic Crime, Before Their Eyes,Blood & Water, As I Lay Dying, and Haste The Day have all booked studio time or are inj the midst of working on new music for YOUUUUU!

Owl City‘s song “Fireflies” has hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart this week. Congrats man!

Videos

Below is the new video from Emery with their song “The Butcher’s Mouth”

This is the first video from The Civil Wars (Joy Williams & John Paul White) called “Poison & Wine”

Here is the second video from the new Flyleaf album, Momento Mori, called “Beautiful Bride”

Here is the latest from Until June with their song “In My Head”

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for DJ Official‘s upcoming December 26th, 2009 release, EnterMission.
djofficial entermission
1. Enter The Mission – Dr. Eric Mason, DJ Official, R-Swift
2. Show Off – Lecrae & Flame
3. Use Me – Tedashii
4. Streets of New York – J.A.Z. & Magellen
5. Get Busy – Trip Lee
6. Go – H.G.A. & Tedashii
7. Not My Own – Stephen The Levite, Phanatik, Evangel
8. Love Fallen – Gems, Jahaziel, Benjah, Dillavou
9. Nothing Without You – JR & Lecrae
10. Chaos – Sho Baraka
11. Chisel Me – Thi’sl, Json, K-Drama, Tedashii
12. On My 116 – Lecrae, Tedashii, Sho Baraka, Trip Lee
13. Streets of Philadelphia – Mac The Doulos, Young Joshua, Ackdavis, R-Swift
14. Missio Dei – God’s Servant
15. Forward Me – Cam
16. Outro (Thank You)
17. (bonus) For My Breakers
18. (bonus) Eyes Open Remix – Trip Lee & Sho Baraka

Here is the album artwork and tracklisting for West Coast Punk by MXPX, which was released today.
mxpx west coast punk
1. One Step Further
2. Desperate to Understand
3. Broken
4. Shanghaied in Shanghai
5. Hopeless Case
6. End
(tracks on the physical version also include)
7. One Step Further (instrumental version)
8. End (instrumental version)
9. Broken (instrumental version)
10. On a String (previously unreleased demo from LCP sessions)

New Releases For Sept.15th,2009

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Back 2 The Future
Applejaxx

Fadacy Music
Hip-Hop

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Reborn
Avalon
Koch Records
Contemporary
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Light Up the World
Desperation Band
Sony
Contemporary
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The Great American Midrange
The Elms
Trust Inc.
Rock’N'Roll
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Ut Oh
The Joe
Old Ugly Records
Underground Hip-Hop
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Songs From This EP (digital release)
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Sensibility Music
Pop/Folk
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Songs From That EP(digital release)
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Sensibility Music
Pop/Folk
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Jesus Saves Live
Travis Cottrell

Indelible Creative Group
Contemporary
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Storyboards
Sleeping At Last
Independent
Atmospheric Rock
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I Am
Texas In July

C.I. Records
Screamo
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Beggars
Thrice
Vagrant Records
Post Hardcore/Progressive
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