8 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The David Crowder Band brings an innovative edge to traditional nativity songs on Oh for Joy. In many ways, the group’s freewheeling treatment of these Christmas favorites is of a piece with the sound they forged on A Collision and Church Music. DCB’s ability to balance rootsy country-folk elements with rock dynamics and electronic dance rhythms serves them well throughout the project. Shimmering guitar work and hard-thumping drums bring out the sense of exaltation within “The First Noel” and “Joy to the World.” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and the closing moments of “Silent Night” reflect the band’s love for acoustic bluegrass jamming. At the other extreme is the very contemporary treatment given to “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Carol of the Bells”; anyone in the mood for arena-rock heroics will be righteously stirred by the latter. What unites these eclectic interpretations is a worshipful spirit that makes the songs’ timeless language glow with renewed fire.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The David Crowder Band brings an innovative edge to traditional nativity songs on Oh for Joy. In many ways, the group’s freewheeling treatment of these Christmas favorites is of a piece with the sound they forged on A Collision and Church Music. DCB’s ability to balance rootsy country-folk elements with rock dynamics and electronic dance rhythms serves them well throughout the project. Shimmering guitar work and hard-thumping drums bring out the sense of exaltation within “The First Noel” and “Joy to the World.” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and the closing moments of “Silent Night” reflect the band’s love for acoustic bluegrass jamming. At the other extreme is the very contemporary treatment given to “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Carol of the Bells”; anyone in the mood for arena-rock heroics will be righteously stirred by the latter. What unites these eclectic interpretations is a worshipful spirit that makes the songs’ timeless language glow with renewed fire.

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About David Crowder Band

Singer/guitarist David Crowder first stepped into the music industry when he realized that over half of the students at Baylor University, a Christian school that he attended in Waco, Texas, were not going to church. He began to actively recruit students for worship services and started writing songs to draw more young people in. He eventually started releasing the songs, leading to his debut album, 2002's Can You Hear Us? The album was released under the name the David Crowder Band, as Crowder was joined by guitarists Jack Parker and Jason Solley, drummer Jeremy Bush, bassist Mike Dodson, and electric violinist Mike Hogan.

Their sophomore effort, Illuminate, appeared in the fall of 2003 and was followed a year later by The Lime CD, which was comprised of two earlier live releases (The Green CD and The Yellow CD) that had been given out to fans who had either pre-ordered prior albums or attended various CD release parties. Sunsets & Sushi appeared in early 2005 before the band's next studio album, the bluegrass-tinged A Collision, was issued that fall. A spinoff of the latter album, entitled B Collision, came out a year later and focused even more on the group's delvings into bluegrass. Remedy was released in 2007, followed by Church Music in 2009. A four-song EP, Summer Happiness, featuring acoustic versions of songs from Church Music, appeared in 2010. 2012's Give Us Rest; Or, A Requiem Mass in C (The Happiest of All Keys) was the David Crowder Band's sixth and final studio album. It was followed in 2014 by Crowder's solo debut, Neon Steeple, which was released under the moniker Crowder. ~ Bradley Torreano

  • ORIGIN
    Waco, TX
  • BORN
    November 29, 1971

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