Written In Red ~ Not My Home: Fresh Christian Rock Worth Hearing!

Release Date: June 27,2015 (per Amazon.com)

Label: Self-released

Rating: 9 out of 10

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Every so often, a new artist comes along that, after hearing their album, you know they have the potential for great things. Such is the case for Wyoming 5-piece Written in Red.

Describing themselves, according to their website and Facebook, as Christian rock with a “touch of metal and Southern influences”, to my ears, is an understatement. Just as heavy as Stone Sour, Shinedown, Seether, or other notable secular artists, these guys pack a Spiritual punch. Even if you’re not a Christian, you owe it to yourself to check out the music, and see where the lyrics lead you. If you are a Believer, and you like good, hard-driving rock, then Written In Red’s Not My Home belongs on your MP3 or CD player. If you’re a fan of Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet, Decyfer Down, and the like, you’ll love these guys.

On a sidenote, when you search for this band, make sure you find the right one. Apparently, there was another band, out of North Carolina, using the same name who put out an album in 2007. Definitely not the same group. So be careful.

Before getting the album on a friend’s recommendation, I’d not heard of Written In Red. From the opening track, simply entitled Intro, there is no mistaking where this band stands with regard to their faith in Christ and their mission to spread the gospel and have a good time doing it.

From there, the album launches into the title track, Not My Home. The message is solid. We’re here to spread love, bring lives to Christ, but this isn’t our home. Our home awaits us in Heaven.

I won’t do a track-by-track, but I will say this. If you want to rock out, check out Pray for the Pray, We Are (Broken World), The Reason, Battle Within and Cry.

Perhaps the two best tracks on this release are the slower-tempo ballads. Hollow speaks to the listener. It talks about how life felt empty, meaningless…But all that changed when the writer of the track found Christ and turned his life around.

Yahweh is the album’s closer, as far as original tracks. The CD actually closes with an excellent acoustic version of the title track. Yahweh is an excellent song that I could easily hear being played in any church that does modern praise and worship music. Though the rest of the record is pretty much hard rock, this is a track I could see being played on Christian radio right alongside Casting Crowns and Third Day.

In short, Written In Red are versatile, talented, and genuine about what they sing. It’s great to hear a band with massive talent who don’t water down their beliefs, and aren’t ashamed to be Christians who know how to rock hard. Definitely wishing nothing but great success for this band. I guarantee you I will continue to play them on my shows on XTFM.

About The Band and Links

Written in Red are a 5-piece Wyoming Christian powerhouse. I don’t have much information on the band, but here’s what we’ve got.

Members:

  • Ben Rose-Vox & Rhythm Guitar
  • Shaun Collins-Bass & Back up Vocals
  • Steven Nichols-Lead/Rhythm Guitar
  • Mike Fridley-Lead/Rhythm Guitar
  • Ty Hilbert-Drums

Connect with the band.

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Upcoming Radio Schedule for The Meltdown, And Plugs For Gina and Bob

So, with lots going on this summer, there are some shake-ups to my radio schedule. Here’s what we have for the next few weeks.

  • Tuesday, July 28, my friend and XTFM partner in crime, Gina Grunden, fills in for me at 10:00 PM as I’ll be out of town a good chunk of Monday and Tuesday.
  • Since I won’t be on Tuesday, join me, and a couple of guest hosts as we take over the airwaves Saturday, August 1, from 10:00 PM East/7:00 Pacific until we decide we’re finished.
  • Monday, August 3, join me from 10:00 PM East/7:00 Pacific as we do a Monday night edition of the Meltdown as Bob, our usual Monday Night host, has a prior commitment…So, I’ll fill in for him.
  • Tuesday, August 4, join Bob In the Black Boots as he fills in for me, doing a Tuesday edition of his show, The Cemetery at Midnight. He’ll start once he’s gotten home from work and is ready to go. Follow the XTFM Twitter for showtime information as the date gets closer.

That’s what we know now. Watch this space as well as social media for updates as they happen.

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Wes’s Musical Meltdown: Alexis Edition; 07/24/2014

Join us as Alexis hosts The Melddown. Yes, some technical hiccups and such…But for a 9-year-old doing a radio show? This is EXCELLENT! It’s a mix of Disney, rock, pop, country, and whatever else she wanted to play. Enjoy!
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 04/22/2014: First XTFM Show

Again, no playlist on these old ones. This is my first official XTFM.

How many times do I almost say my old station’s name in this one? No, no prize for getting it right. Of course, as always, all support of the page is appreciated.

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From the Archives: Wes’s Musical Meltdown, XTFM Test Edition

Just for fun, I thought I’d select a few older episodes of the show to put up. Especially since we may be going a few weeks without updates later next month.

This is the test broadcast I did for XTFM, just one day after losing my former station by questionable means by questionable people. Screw ’em…I’m better off. I don’t have the playlist file anymore, but give this one a listen. it’s fun, short, and…May hold some questionable content. This show originally aired on April 21, 2014.

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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 07/23/2015: Show Notes, Playlist, and download

This was, by far, one of my favorite shows I’ve ever done in the six years I’ve done internet radio. Yes, it was riddled with internet drops and other technical difficulties, but despite that, this one was a blast to be a part of. In addition to great music, and a Slash block in honor of yesterday being his 50Th birthday, I had the chance to have a long-time friend of mine and my brothers on the program. We were joined for the majority of the show by Spyke Kasson, who is trying out for NBC’s The Voice. She’ll be attending tryouts on Saturday, July 25, at which point, she’ll learn whether or not the producers think she has what it takes to move on to the next round of competition. We hope to have her on again on Saturday, August 1, to hear about her trip, the results, and what the future holds. The August 1 show will run from 7:00-10:00 PM Pacific/10:00PM-1:00 AM Eastern…Maybe even later if we’re having fun. Catch the show on XTFM, along with our other awesome DJ’s.

In addition to an excellent interview, Spyke serenaded us with two songs. We heard both “Paper Bag” by Fiona Apple and “Syrup and Honey” by Duffy.

Below is the playlist for the remaining music played by myself and Jo, as well as the links to stream or download the show. Of course, if you wish to purchase any of the tracks on tonight’s show and want to help out the site, Visit my Amazon Site.

  1. Written In Red, Not My Home
  2. Written In Red, The Reason
  3. My Darkest Days, Porn Star Dancing featuring Zakk Wylde
  4. Witchburn, Army of Voices
  5. Witchburn, Warning To The Weak
  6. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
  7. K-Face Rules, Dark Lord Funk
  8. Jennifer Paige, Crush
  9. Patty Loveless, Lonely Too Long
  10. Hunter Hayes, Wanted
  11. Lady Antebellum, Just A Kiss
  12. Demi Lovato, Lightweight
  13. Bridgit Mendler, Ready Or Not
  14. Cheap Trick, I Want You To Want Me
  15. Don Henley, Boys Of Summer
  16. Ataris, The Boys Of Summer
  17. Guns & Roses, Sweet Child o’ Mine
  18. Slash’s Snakepit, Beggars & Hangers-On
  19. Daughtry, What I Want (Feat. Slash)
  20. Slash, Gotten feat. Adam Levine
  21. Slash, Anastasia
  22. Slash, Bent to Fly
  23. Chris Ledoux, Tougher Than The Rest
  24. Jerry Jeff Walker, Up Against The Wall Redneck
  25. Kacey Musgraves, Follow Your Arrow
  26. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Conversation With The Devil
  27. James McMurtry, Choctaw Bingo
  28. Jason Isbell, The Life You Chose
  29. Cody Canada and the Departed, Back Closer
  30. Robert Earl Keen, Feeling Good Again (live)
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Great News! Show Downloads Now Working Properly!

Thanks to a fellow DJ and reader, we’ve resolved the issue where some people couldn’t get the shows to play and/or download. By switching from the default player to the HTML5 Web Player in PowerPress, we’ve now got things running smoothly. Thanks to those who messaged me and pointed this out.

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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 07/14/2015: Recap, Playlist, and Download

It’s another edition of Wes’s Musical Meltdown. Tonight, we’re joined by Jo and Gina. Hear about Jo’s new show, starting Thursday, July 16 on XTFM, enjoy some excellent music, conversation, and some explicit comedy as well. Warning! This episode is not for the easily offended or faint of heart.

As always, if you like what you hear, Buy it at Amazon, and Help Support the Show!

And now, the playlist!

  1. MSG, Assault Attack
  2. Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force, I’ll See The Light Tonight
  3. Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Heaven Tonight
  4. Elton John, Your Song
  5. Elton John, Good Bye Yellow Brick Road
  6. The Weeknd, Where You Belong
  7. The Weeknd, Earned It
  8. sara evans, put my heart down
  9. Vaults, One Last Night
  10. Hank Williams Jr, Women I’ve Never Had
  11. The Desert Rose Band, He’s Back And I’m Blue
  12. Exile, Hang On To Your Heart
  13. Bellamy Brothers, Lie To You For Your Love
  14. Steve Wariner, Some Fools Never Learn
  15. Lee Greenwood, Hearts Aren’t Made to break (They’re Made to Love)
  16. T. Graham Brown, Hell And High Water
  17. Conway Twitty, I’d Love to Lay You Down
  18. Badfinger, No Matter What
  19. Lillian Axe, No Matter What
  20. Def Leppard, No Matter What
  21. Trixter, Rockin to the Edge of the Night
  22. Trixter, Midnight in Your Eyes
  23. Thin Lizzy, Bad Reputation
  24. Whitesnake, Mistreated
  25. Whitesnake, Might Just Take Your Life
  26. Tim Wilson, If You Try to Save This Marriage Again
  27. Tim Wilson, Devil Was a Nerd in High School
  28. Jim Norton, Donkey-sex and German porn
  29. Jim Norton, Penguins Are Assholes
  30. Rodney Carrington, Tips On Marriage
  31. Rodney Carrington, Letter To My Penis
  32. Andrew Dice Clay, Dice does Rhymes and Poems
  33. Black Stone Cherry, Stay
  34. Alphaville, Forever Young
  35. Moving Pictures, What About Me
  36. Heart, Who Will You Run To
  37. UFO, Natural Thing
  38. UFO, Terri
  39. UFO, Venus
  40. Written In Red, We Are (Broken World)
  41. Written In Red, Not My Home
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 07/07/2015: Show Notes, Playlist, and Download

Tuesday, July 7, brought another fantastic edition of the Meltdown. As usual, we had Jo co-hosting tonight…But with a twist. Part of the show was Jo’s audition for a slot on XTFM. Was she successful? Listen to find out. We were also joined by my XTFM colleagues Gina and Bob. This show runs a bit longer than most, but was fun.

In addition to our guests, we also had the Cover Comparison. This week, we feature Adele going up against Shinedown side project Smith & Myers.

The following is the playlist. As you can see, we were all over the musical map.

  1. Slayer, Angel Of Death
  2. Exodus, Shudder to Think
  3. Meliah Rage, Solitary Solitude
  4. Bruce Dickinson, Tattooed Millionaire
  5. K-Face Rules, Dark Lord Funk
  6. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
  7. Blake Shelton, Sangria
  8. Amy Winehouse, Rehab
  9. Ariana Grande, Problem
  10. Fiona Apple, Paper Bag
  11. Picture Me Broken, Devil On My Shoulder
  12. Picture Me Broken, Skin & Bones
  13. Amaranthe, Drop Dead Cynical
  14. Bring Me the Horizon, Drown
  15. Adele, Someone Like You
  16. Smith & Myers, Someone Like You
  17. Shinedown, Cut the Cord
  18. Shinedown, Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)
  19. Three Days Grace, No More
  20. Stephen Lynch, Talk to Me
  21. Sara Evans, Suds In The Bucket
  22. Taylor Swift, Style
  23. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Proud Mary
  24. Daughtry, What About Now
  25. Kellie Coffey, Dance With My Father
  26. Celine Dion, Power Of Love
  27. Mandisa, Only The World
  28. Savage Garden, Crash And Burn
  29. Lifehouse, Walking Away
  30. Guy Clark, Homegrown Tomatoes
  31. The Kendalls, That’s What I Get For Thinking
  32. Fleetwood Mac, Landslide
  33. Michael W. Smith, Place In This World
  34. Carrie Underwood, Good Girl
  35. Rachel Platten, Fight Song
  36. Amy Grant, Thy Word
  37. Evanescence, Anything For You
  38. Vanessa Williams, Colors of the Wind
  39. Casting Crowns, Courageous
  40. Meghan Trainor, Like I’m Gonna Lose You
  41. Weird Al Yankovic, Phony Calls
  42. Little Big Town, Girl Crush
  43. Kelsea Ballerini, First Time
  44. Whitney Houston, I Wanna Dance With Somebody…
  45. Buckcherry, My Friend
  46. Buckcherry, Bring It On Back
  47. Katy Tiz, Whistle (While You Work it)
  48. TYKETTO, Forever Young
  49. Y & T, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 06/30/2015: Show Notes, Playlist, and Downloadd

Guests on this show included Jo, Silvia, Ashley, and Jessica. A great selection of music, and we also discussed the issue of “Marriage Equality” as the Supreme Court of the United States had recently decided, in a 5-4 vote, that same sex marriages must bbe recognized in all states. The discussion stayed civil, although one of our guests, though she knew it would be the topic going in, didn’t have much to say. Enjoy this one!

On this show, we also debuted new music from Shinedown and Buckcherry. The Cover Comparison features Hank Williams vs. Volbeat.

Playlist for the night is as follows. And remember, any tracks you wish to buy can be purchased on CD or MP3 at Amazon.

  1. Triumph, Lay it on the Line
  2. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Night Moves
  3. Earth Wind & Fire, Let’s Groove
  4. Hozier, Take me to Church
  5. Alanis Morissette, Uninvited
  6. Slipknot, Duality
  7. Slipknot, Psychosocial
  8. Shania Twain, From This Moment on
  9. Avril Lavigne, Nobody’s Home
  10. Daughtry, Crawling Back to You
  11. Daughtry, Poker Face (Acoustic)
  12. Train, Angel in Blue Jeans
  13. Shinedown, Cut the Cord
  14. Buckcherry, Bring It On Back
  15. Hank Williams, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
  16. Volbeat, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
  17. My Chemical Romance, The Ghost Of You
  18. My Chemical Romance, Helena
  19. Skillet, Monster
  20. Avenged Sevenfold, Afterlife
  21. Barren Cross, Bigotry Man (Who Are You)
  22. Red, Hide
  23. Halestorm Feat. Brent Smith, Shed Some Light
  24. Halestorm, Tell me where it hurts – Bonus Track
  25. Picture Me Broken, Devil On My Shoulder
  26. Picture Me Broken, Skin & Bones
  27. Nickelback, Photograph
  28. Nickelback, Far Away (Album Version)
  29. We Came As Romans, To Plant a Seed
  30. Nickelback, How You Remind Me
  31. Casting Crowns, Voice Of Truth
  32. Third Day, I Need a Miracle
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