Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 09/15/2015: Show Recap, Playlist, and Download

The September 15 edition of the Meltdown was action-packed. I warn you right off the bat, if you’re offended by bad language and possible off-color lyrics and humor, this may not be the one for you.

Myself and Megan, this week’s co-host, played a wide variety of music, had a great discussion on whether or not spanking is still a viable form of discipline for children, and much more. During the spanking discussion, Megan opens up on why she feels she would have turned out different, in a good way, had she been properly disciplined as a child, so it’s more than just an analytical discussion. We both use personal experience to explain why we hold the views we do.

Cover Comparison was a 3-way involving the song “The Sound of Silence”. Find out who won! We also exposed the audience to a few new bands, as well as new material from familiar favorites.dIn addition, due to his being in the news recently, we played a 4-pack of outlaw country legend David Allan Coe.

Thanks to several new listeners, and all of the people who interacted in the chat room and on Twitter. You’re the reason I keep doing this.

To catch shows live, join us on XTFM every Tuesday at 10:00 PM East!

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Now, the Playlist!

  1. Limp Bizkit, Break Stuff
  2. Triumph, Lay It On The Line
  3. Riot, Showdown
  4. Riot, Swords And Tequila
  5. Skylar Grey, Invisible
  6. Skylar Grey, Shit, Man! (Feat. Angel Haze)
  7. Holly Brook, Giving It Up For You
  8. Fiona Apple, Paper Bag
  9. Anna Nalick, Breathe (2 AM)
  10. Jethro Tull, Thick As A Brick
  11. Jethro Tull, Aqualung
  12. Billy Ray Cyrus, I Will
  13. Holly Dunn, A Face In The Crowd [With Michael Martin Murphy]
  14. Badfinger, Better Days
  15. Simon & Garfunkel, The Sound of Silence
  16. Shaw Blades, The Sound of Silence
  17. Disturbed, The Sound Of Silence
  18. Disturbed, Who Taught You How To Hate
  19. Hollywood Vampires, Whole Lotta Love
  20. Hollywood Vampires, Cold Turkey
  21. Devil City Angels, Ride With Me
  22. Iron Maiden, The Book of Souls
  23. Motörhead, Victory Or Die
  24. Sabbath Assembly, The Fiery Angel of Desire
  25. Last 9 Days, About To Break
  26. Hunter Hayes, 21
  27. Miranda Lambert, Smokin’ And Drinkin’ [feat. Little Big Town]
  28. Sam Hunt, House party
  29. Billy Currington, Drinkin’ Town With A Football Problem
  30. Ray Scott, Ain’t Always Thirsty
  31. Thomas Rhett, Crash And Burn
  32. Love And Theft, Whiskey On My Breath
  33. Eli Young Band, Enough Is Enough
  34. David Allan Coe, You Never Even Called Me by My Name
  35. David Allan Coe, If That Ain’t Country
  36. David Allan Coe, The Ride
  37. David Allan Coe, She Used To Love Me A Lot
  38. Stephen Lynch, Special
  39. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Alabama
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80’s Flashback for 09/13/2015: Wes Fills In For ZMan

If you missed today’s The 80’s Flashback, you missed a good one. They’re all good, but this week, ZMan was out, and I took over and brought my own 80’s mix to the party. It’s a bit country, a bit pop, a bit metal, a bit Christian Rock. So…A little of everything.

Join us every Sunday morning at 10:00 East as the Z Man hosts The 80’s Flashback on XTFM. He takes you on a 3-hour tour of the best and coolest music of the 80’s. I was happy to fill in, and would do it again in a heartbeat.

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And now, the playlist for today.

  1. Journey, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
  2. Styx, Too Much Time on My Hands
  3. Yes, Owner Of A Lonely Heart
  4. Bob Seger, Shame on the Moon
  5. Pink Floyd, Learning To Fly
  6. Pink Floyd, On The Turning Away
  7. Wham, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  8. The Cure, Pictures of You
  9. Violent Femmes, Kiss Off
  10. Cutting Crew, (I Just) Died in Your Arms
  11. Gary Moore, Don’t Take Me For A Loser
  12. Dokken, Breaking The Chains
  13. White Lion, Wait
  14. Skid Row, I Remember You
  15. Y & T, Summertime Girls
  16. Krokus, Screaming in the Night
  17. DEF LEPPARD, TOO LATE FOR LOVE
  18. Kenny Rogers, Coward Of The County
  19. Johnny Lee, Lookin’ For Love
  20. Conway Twitty, I’d Just Love To Lay You Down
  21. Willie Nelson, Midnight Rider
  22. Mac Davis, Texas In My Rear View Mirror
  23. Mickey Gilley, A Headache Tomorrow (Or A Heartache Tonight)
  24. Holly Dunn, Daddy’s Hands
  25. Earl Thomas Conley, Your Love’s On The Line
  26. Waylon Jennings, America
  27. .38 Special, If I’d Been the One
  28. Gregg Allman Band, I’m No Angel
  29. Toto, I’ll Be Over You
  30. Foreigner, I Want To Know What Love Is
  31. Outfield, Your Love
  32. Anthrax, I Am the Law
  33. Slayer, Angel Of Death
  34. Megadeth, Peace Sells
  35. Metallica, One
  36. Petra, This Means War!
  37. Resurrection Band, Altar of Pain
  38. Whitecross, Living In A Lost World
  39. Stryper, Calling on you
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 9/11/15: Show Recap, Playlist, and Download

As I was ill on September 8, my normal Tuesday night for doing the shows, I rescheduled for Friday, September 11. In addition to the normal show, we had an extended musical tribute to the events and aftermath of September 11, 2001, a day NO American should ever forget. I’d like to thank all of those who suggested tracks beyond the normal two or three that are always played in memory of the day. Thanks to Shannon, Julie, Maggie, and others. Thanks to all who interacted in the chat room. Thanks, also, to Megan Mason for her co-hosting talents.

This week, our cover comparison comes from Stevie Wonder and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Listen to find out who won. Also, listen to hear my picks for week one of the NFL regular season. Let’s see if I do better than I did last year.

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And now, the playlist!

  1. Pop Evil, Footsteps
  2. Pop Evil, If Only for Now
  3. Sixx:A.M., Stars
  4. Thundermother, Alright Alright
  5. Bring Me the Horizon, What You Need
  6. Incubus, Drive (Request for Mai Laing
  7. The Moody Blues, Nights In White Satin
  8. Deftones, 976 – Evil (Request for Bob)
  9. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lucky Man
  10. Jackson 5, ABC
  11. Head East, Never Been Any Reason
  12. Stevie Wonder, Higher Ground
  13. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Higher Ground
  14. Train, Cab (Request for Silvia)
  15. Nickelback, Never Gonna Be Alone (Request for Silvia)
  16. Daughtry, Feels Like Tonight (Request for Silvia)
  17. Hoobastank, The Reason
  18. Hoobastank, Crawling In The Dark
  19. Inkubus Sukkubus, Aradia (Request for Jenni)
  20. John Fogerty, Centerfield (Request for David)
  21. Alan Jackson, Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) (live, CMA Awards)
  22. Darryl Worley, Have You Forgotten
  23. Toby Keith, Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)
  24. Neil Young, Let’s Roll
  25. Paul McCartney, Freedom
  26. David Foster And Peter Cetera, Voices That Care
  27. My Chemical Romance, Skylines And Turnstiles
  28. Beastie Boys, An open letter to nyc
  29. The Cranberries, New New York
  30. Disturbed, Prayer (live @ DeepRockDrive.com)
  31. Everclear, The New York Times
  32. Good Charlotte,Mest,Goldfinger, Goldfinger/Good Charlotte/Mest – The Innocent
  33. Imagine Dragons, America
  34. Yellowcard, Believe
  35. Killswitch Engage, Life to Lifeless
  36. Slayer, Jihad
  37. Testament, The Evil Has Landed
  38. Default, Wasting My Time
  39. Tonic, Open Up Your Eyes
  40. Emerson Hart, If You’re Gonna Leave
  41. Athenaeum, What I Didn’t Know
  42. Third Day, Soul On Fire (feat. All Sons & Daughters)
  43. Kutless, What Faith Can Do
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown 09/01/2015: Show Recap, Playlist, and Download

This edition of the meltdown was action-packed. Once again, we had Megan Mason as our co-host. Thanks to the new listeners who tuned in; it was a pleasure having all of you tuned in and in the chat room. Thanks, as always, to returning listeners who interacted with the show as well.

I’m happy to announce that The request page is back up and running!

In addition to wonderful music on the program, including our cover comparison, we also had a lively discussion regarding the issue of transgender students and which bathroom should be used while at school. This WHIO story sparked the discussion.

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And now, the playlist!

  1. Five Finger Death Punch, Jekyll And Hyde
  2. Five Finger Death Punch, Question Everything
  3. Iron Maiden, Wasted Years
  4. Iron Maiden, Nodding donkey blues
  5. Brad Paisley, It Did
  6. Leona Lewis, Better In Time
  7. Pentatonix, Say Something
  8. Roxette, Fading Like A Flower (Every Ti
  9. Stevie Nicks, Leather and Lace
  10. Pink Floyd, Money
  11. Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb
  12. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Saturday Night Special
  13. Armored Saint, Saturday Night Special
  14. ZZ Top, La Grange
  15. Led Zeppelin, Dazed and Confused.mp3
  16. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
  17. Magic!, Rude
  18. Fiona Apple, Criminal
  19. John Anderson, Wild And Blue
  20. Radiohead, Creep
  21. Radiohead, Karma Police
  22. Waylon Jennings, Mammas Don’T Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
  23. Garry Lee & Showdown, The Rodeo Song
  24. Steel Magnolia, Bulletproof
  25. Brooks And Dunn, Little Miss Honky Tonk
  26. Black ‘n Blue, Miss Mystery
  27. the cure, Boys Don’t Cry
  28. Joe Walsh, Life’s Been Good
  29. Triumph, Rocky Mountain Way
  30. Santana, Why Don’t You and I (feat. Chad Kroeger)
  31. Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott, Hero
  32. Nickelback, Believe
  33. Casting Crowns, Who Am I
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for August 25, 2015: Show Recap, Playlist, and Download

The August 25 edition of The Meltdown was the first from my new home in Springfield, Ohio. You’ll notice a difference in the sound of the show’s acoustics during voice breaks as the room I’m broadcasting in is all wood, no carpets.

In addition to a change of venue, we also introduced a new co-host. Making her XTFM debut, it’s Megan Mason. She does well for her first time doing radio. She even brought us a fun discussion topic for one of our voice breaks. Check out The Museum Of Death. Sounds like a fascinating place to visit.

We had new music from Buckcherry, Shinedown, Lamb of God, Kip Moore, and many others, in addition to several listener requests. This week’s Cover Comparison was the classic “Always On My Mind”, as done by Willie Nelson and the Pet Shop boys.

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Here’s the playlist.

  1. Godsmack, Something Different
  2. Eminem, My Dad’s Gone Crazy
  3. XYZ, Inside Out
  4. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Mr. Bill Collector
  5. Within Temptation, What Have You Done (ft. Keith Caputo) (Request from Megan)
  6. Within Temptation, Dangerous (Feat. Howard Jones) (request from Megan)
  7. Fiona Apple, Paper Bag (request from Megan)
  8. No Doubt, Ex-Girlfriend
  9. Howard Jones, No One Is To Blame
  10. Amy Grant, That’s What Love Is For (request from Steph)
  11. Richard Thompson, Don’t Let a Thief Steal into Your Heart
  12. Secondhand Serenade, Goodbye (Request from Holly)
  13. Secondhand Serenade, Your Call (Request from Holly)
  14. Secondhand Serenade, A Twist In My Story (Request from Holly)
  15. Rascal Flatts, What Hurts The Most
  16. Willie Nelson, Always On My Mind
  17. Pet Shop Boys, Always On My Mind
  18. Three Days Grace, Animal I Have Become (request from Megan)
  19. Three Days Grace, Home (request from Megan)
  20. The Pretty Reckless, Fucked Up World [Explicit]
  21. The Pretty Reckless, Goin’ Down
  22. Elvis Presley, Kentucky Rain (request from Bob)
  23. Elvis Presley, Suspicious Minds
  24. Buffalo Springfield, For What It’s Worth
  25. The Hollies, Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress / Stereo
  26. Johnny Cash, Cocaine Blues [Live]
  27. Aerosmith, No Surprize
  28. Sammy Hagar, Remember the Heroes
  29. Loverboy, Turn Me Loose
  30. Buckcherry, The Feeling Never Dies
  31. Saint Asonia, Even Though I Say
  32. Shinedown, Cut the Cord
  33. Lamb Of God, Still Echoes
  34. Train, I’m Drinkin’ Tonight
  35. Kip Moore, I’m To Blame
  36. Montgomery Gentry, Folks Like Us
  37. Lady Antebellum, Bartender
  38. Tyler Farr, Redneck Crazy
  39. Cole Swindell, Ain’t Worth The Whiskey
  40. Francesca Battistelli, He Knows My Name
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown: Wes and Jo’s Melted Down Jukebox Edition 08/06/2015

On this edition of the Meltdown, I co-host with XTFM’s own Just Jo. Normally, this would have been her show, but due to technical difficulties, I came in to pinch hit for her. Since it was her show, and we were doing it together, we thought the combined name was appropriate.

Excellent selection of music on this one, much of which was by request of the listeners. Also, we’d like to thank Free Talk Live for giving us some fodder for a rant later in the show regarding one of our listeners/chatters who’s been doing some questionable things with recordings of some of our DJ’s shows. If I’d had the audio of his call, I would’ve played it. They handled him about the same way I would have. I’ll definitely be supporting this show in future.

We had two cover comparisons, each one consisting of the original track, and two covers. Lively discussion, great music, and a great time.

Warning: Some adult language on today’s show.

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Playlist:

  1. Quiet Riot, Bang Your Head (Mental Health)
  2. Krokus, Burning Bones
  3. Krokus, Screaming In The Night
  4. .38 Special, If I’d Been the One
  5. Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do
  6. Halestorm, Better sorry than Safe
  7. Halestorm, Bet U wish U had me back
  8. Florida Georgia Line, Cruise (feat. Nelly)
  9. Florida Georgia Line, This Is How We Roll
  10. Billy Ray Cyrus, She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore
  11. One Direction, They Don’t Know About Us
  12. Cattle Decapitation, Everyone Deserves To Die
  13. The Drifters, Save The Last Dance For Me
  14. Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, Save the Last Dance for Me
  15. The Manhattan Transfer, Save The Last Dance For Me
  16. Miranda Lambert, The House That Built Me
  17. Miranda Lambert, Gunpowder & Lead
  18. Sara Evans, I Could Not Ask For More
  19. Terri Clark, I Think The World Needs A Drink
  20. Toby Keith, I Love This Bar
  21. Cledus T. Judd, I Love NASCAR
  22. Janis Joplin, Piece Of My Heart
  23. Faith Hill, Piece of My Heart
  24. Sammy Hagar, Piece Of My Heart
  25. Shelly West, Jose Cuervo
  26. Rascal Flatts, Easy (with Natasha Beddingfield)
  27. Jason Aldean, If My Truck Could Talk
  28. Tim McGraw, Over & Over
  29. Sam Smith, Stay With Me
  30. Billy Squier, Lonely Is The Night
  31. Foreigner, Cold As Ice
  32. Stevie Nicks, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
  33. Riot, Showdown
  34. Phil Keaggy, Love Divine
  35. Third Day, Trust in Jesus
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 08/05/2015: Show Recap, Playlisst, and Download

Yesterday, August 5, myself and Holly filled in for Gina, host of Gina’s Organized Chaos, on XTFM. It was a blast. Jusst over 3 and a half hours of good music, comedy, and conversation. The show was predominantly classic rock, but wwe had a few new rockers and some requests in there for good measure. Cover Comparison pitted Joe Walsh up against Godsmack.

As a warning, parts of this one may not be suitable for the easily offended, or young children.

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Playlist:

  1. Autograph, Turn up the Radio
  2. Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again
  3. The Rolling Stones, Waiting On A Friend
  4. The Rolling Stones, Some Girls
  5. Queen, Fat Bottomed Girls
  6. David Bowie, Rebel Rebel
  7. Toby Keith, Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song) (Featuring Dave Koz,Marcus Miller and Arthur Thompson)
  8. Robert Schimmel, Sex Toys
  9. Cheech & Chong, Sargent Stadenko
  10. The Eagles, Already Gone
  11. Allman Brothers Band, Midnight Rider
  12. The Allman Brothers Band, Seven Turns
  13. Foghat, I Just Want To Make Love To You
  14. Molly Hatchet, Flirtin’ With Disaster
  15. Pat Travers, Snortin’ Whiskey, Drinkin’ Cocaine
  16. Joe Walsh, Rocky Mountain Way
  17. Godsmack, Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh Cover)
  18. Three Days Grace, Animal I Have Become
  19. Saint Asonia, Better Place
  20. Saving Abel, Love Like Suicide
  21. Saving Abel, New Loser
  22. Saving Abel, Addicted
  23. Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb
  24. Damn Yankees, Come Again
  25. DEEP PURPLE, MIGHT JUST TAKE YOUR LIFE
  26. UFO, Only You Can Rock Me
  27. MSG, Anytime
  28. Georgia Satellites, Keep Your Hands To Yourself
  29. Rod Stewart & The Faces, Stay With Me
  30. Jackyl, She loves my cock
  31. Journey, Feeling That Way
  32. Journey, Anytime
  33. The Storm, I’ve Got A Lot To Learn About Love
  34. Hardline, Hot Cherie
  35. Sky Valley Mistress, She Is So
  36. Shinobi, Beautiful Strays
  37. Misty Grey, Woman In Black
  38. White Coven, Sedative
  39. Blackfoot, Highway Song
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 8/3/2015: Recap, Playlist, and Download Links

Last night was another rousing edition of Wes’s Musical Meltdown, with a new guest co-host, Holly. It was Holly’s ffirst time doing radio, and after the nerves wore off, she did great. We had a cover comparison which pitted The Righteous Brothers up against the great Joe Lynn Turner. Great conversation, listener interaction, and requests, as my listeners are awesome!

We thought it might be the last one for a while, but I will be covering for Gina’s Organized Chaos tomorrow at 5:00 PM East/2:00 PM Pacific on XTFM. As always, if you like what you hear and wish to support the page, Buy Stuff From Amazon!

And now, the playlist:

  1. UFO, Out in the Street
  2. UFO, Back into My Life
  3. Gary Moore, Don’t Take Me For A Loser
  4. Shooting Star, Last Chance
  5. Kid Rock, So Hott
  6. Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines
  7. Godsmack, Something Different
  8. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Word Crimes
  9. Written In Red, Not My Home
  10. Red, Fight to Forget
  11. Cavo, My Little Secret
  12. Sick Puppies, There’s No Going Back
  13. Taylor Swift, Red
  14. Taylor Swift, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  15. Halestorm, I Miss The Misery
  16. Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece
  17. Demi Lovato, Skyscraper
  18. Demi Lovato, La La Land
  19. Righteous Brothers, Unchained Melody
  20. Joe Lynn Turner, Unchained Melody
  21. Rainbow, Stone Cold
  22. Stoney LaRue, Texas Moon
  23. Gregg Allman Band, I’m No Angel
  24. .38 Special, Hold On Loosely
  25. Motley Crue, Kickstart My Heart
  26. Led Zeppelin, Whole Lotta Love
  27. Aranda, Don’t Wake Me
  28. Aranda, Starting Over
  29. Stone Sour, Children Of The Grave
  30. Stone Sour, Through Glass
  31. Slipknot, The Devil In I
  32. Jessie J, Flashlight
  33. Selena Gomez & the Scene, Hit The Lights
  34. Sara Bareilles, I Choose You
  35. Styx, Blue Collar Man
  36. Styx, The Best Of Times
  37. Genesis, Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
  38. Buckcherry, The Madness
  39. Buckcherry, Bring It On Back
  40. Shinedown, Cut the Cord
  41. Pentatonix, Run To You
  42. Pentatonix, Natural Disaster
  43. Pentatonix, I Need Your Love
  44. Jason Derulo, Want To Want Me
  45. The Pretty Reckless, Follow Me Down [Explicit]
  46. Bruno Mars, Grenade
  47. Meghan Trainor, No Good For You
  48. Adelitas Way, Last Stand
  49. Theory Of A Deadman, Hate My Life
  50. Thin Lizzy, Still In Love With You
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 8/1/2015: Recap, Playlist, and Download

Last night’s edition of the Meltdown featured myself and Just Jo taking you on a 5-hour journey of music and conversation. Cover comparison pitted Gerry Rafferty against the Foo Fighters. I told a story of a college radio stalker from back in the day. We discussed some favorite, and some most annoying, children’s shows…And much more. We played new music from Written In Red, and Saint Asonia. A great mix of Christian and secular material on this week’s program. Warning…Some of the language may not be suitable for young ears or the easily offended.

I’ll be back on-air Monday, August 3, covering for Bob, with a special guest host at 10:00 PM East/7:00 PM Pacific on XTFM. Please join us!

And as always, if you like what you hear and wish to purchase any of the tracks played, Visit me on Amazon.com!

  1. Casting Crowns, Lifesong
  2. Kutless, If It Ends Today
  3. Decyfer Down, Scarecrow
  4. Written In Red, Pray for the Prey
  5. Lynn Anderson, Rose Garden
  6. Gram Parsons, In My Hour Of Darkness
  7. Sir Douglas Quintet, Mendocino
  8. Texas Tornados, Who Were You Thinking Of
  9. Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Seeds And Stems (Again)
  10. Ryan Adams, Somehow, Someday
  11. Mike Schmid, To Show You My Love
  12. Kelly Clarkson f./Vince Gill, Don’t Rush
  13. Christina Perri, A Thousand Years
  14. Thomas Rhett, It Goes Like This
  15. Blake Shelton, God Gave Me You
  16. Gerry RAFFERTY, baker street
  17. Foo Fighters, Baker Street
  18. Miranda Lambert, White Liar
  19. Miranda Lambert, Bring Me Down
  20. Saint Asonia, Better Place
  21. Saint Asonia, Fairy Tale
  22. Three Days Grace, Pain
  23. Three Days Grace, Never Too Late
  24. Thousand Foot Krutch, Untraveled Road
  25. Fiona Apple, Paper Bag
  26. Red, Hold Me Now
  27. Halestorm, Apocalyptic
  28. Halestorm, Blackdog
  29. My Chemical Romance, I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
  30. Avril Lavigne, Let Me Go (feat. Chad Kroeger)
  31. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind
  32. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, You Can’t Say We Didn’t Try
  33. Emmylou Harris, Two More Bottles of Wine
  34. Rodney Crowell, After All This Time
  35. The Notorious Cherry Bombs, It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long (Reprise)
  36. Ratt, I Want A Woman
  37. Dream Theater, Lie
  38. Company of Wolves, Call of the Wild
  39. Default, Wasting My Time
  40. Alice In Chains, Don’t Follow
  41. Hinder, Without You
  42. Hinder, Rather Hate Than Hurt
  43. Lee Brice, Love Like Crazy
  44. Brad Paisley, She’s Everything
  45. Lady Antebellum, Bartender
  46. Fifth Harmony, Miss Movin’ On
  47. Walk The Moon, Shut Up And Dance
  48. Alter Bridge, Open Your Eyes
  49. Written In Red, Yahweh
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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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