Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 12/29/2015: The Year In Music!

The final Meltdown of 2015 on XTFM was a 7-and-a-half-hour marathon, boasting 106 of the songs that rocked our musical world in 2015. It was country, rock, metal, pop, hip-hop, Christian Contemporary, and even one awful song that took the country by storm in the form of a dance craze. Hoping you all enjoy this one. Feel free to leave your comments about the show, the playlist, or songs I should have added or even skipped.

It was an excellent year in music, in which we discovered many new bands, and old favorites returned with their first new material in several years. We even got to showccase a track from a new artist. Hey, I heard about him on Christmas, so it still qualifies for my best of 2015. Everyone needs to check out Dean Ray and watch for this guy to break out in a huge way in 2016. Thanks to several of HIS fans for joining the program and interacting last night.

Don’t forget to join me Saturdays at 1:00 PM East on The VIP Lounge. You can find us on the TuneIn Radio app by searching The VIP Lounge as well. We return to our normal time of 9:00 PM East next Tuesday, January 5, on XTFM.

Of course, if you enjoy what you read and hear, and if you’d like to make some Amazon purchases through me, it’s greatly appreciated.

Playlist

  1. Motörhead, Till The End
  2. Motörhead, Thunder & Lightning
  3. Cody Canada and the Departed, Comin to Me
  4. Cody Canada and the Departed, Stay
  5. Black Star Riders, The Killer Instinct
  6. Revolution Saints, Turn Back Time
  7. Halestorm, Apocalyptic
  8. Halestorm, I Am the Fire
  9. Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do
  10. The Weeknd, Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
  11. sam hunt, take your time [album version]
  12. brantley gilbert, one hell of an amen
  13. chase rice, gonna wanna tonight [album version]
  14. Third Day, Soul On Fire (feat. All Sons & Daughters)
  15. Third Day, Lead Us Back
  16. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
  17. Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud
  18. Wiz Khalifa, See You Again
  19. Meghan Trainor, Lips Are Movin’
  20. Slayer, Repentless
  21. Iron Maiden, If Eternity Should Fail
  22. Papa Roach, Gravity
  23. Breaking Benjamin, Bury Me Alive
  24. Amaranthe, Drop Dead Cynical
  25. Hinder, Rather Hate Than Hurt
  26. Little Big Town, Girl Crush
  27. Frankie Ballard, Young & Crazy
  28. Lady Antebellum, Just A Girl
  29. Maddie & Tae, Girl In A Country Song
  30. Kacey Musgraves, Biscuits
  31. Big & Rich, Run Away With You
  32. Dean Ray, I Owe You (A Heartache)
  33. Hozier, Take Me To Church
  34. Rachel Platten, Fight Song
  35. Andy Grammer, Honey, I’m Good.
  36. Maroon 5, Animals
  37. Old Dominion, Break Up With Him
  38. Montgomery Gentry, In a Small Town
  39. Kip Moore, I’m To Blame
  40. Parmalee, Already Callin’ You Mine
  41. Robert Earl Keen, 99 Years For One Dark Day (feat. Peter Rowan)
  42. Miranda Lambert, Smokin’ And Drinkin’ (feat. Little Big Town)
  43. Red Sun Rising, The Otherside
  44. Failure Anthem, Paralyzed
  45. Royal Thunder, Forget You
  46. The Winery Dogs, Oblivion
  47. Silento, Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)
  48. X Ambassadors, Renegades
  49. Adele, Hello
  50. Ariana Grande, One Last Time
  51. Charlie Puth, Marvin Gaye
  52. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Downtown
  53. Taylor Swift, Blank Space
  54. Trivium, Until The World Goes Cold
  55. Disturbed, The Vengeful One
  56. Pop Evil, Footsteps
  57. Apocalyptica, Cold Blood
  58. Aranda, We Are the Enemy
  59. Aranda, Don’t Wake Me
  60. Buckcherry, Bring It On Back
  61. Five Finger Death Punch, Jekyll And Hyde
  62. Shinedown, Cut The Cord
  63. Shinedown, How Did You Love
  64. Theory Of A Deadman, Blow
  65. All That Remains, This Probably Won’t End Well
  66. Atreyu, Do You Know Who You Are
  67. Stone Sour, Gimme Shelter (feat. Lzzy Hale)
  68. Nickelback, Miss You
  69. Keith Urban, Raise ‘Em Up (Feat. Eric Church)
  70. Keith Urban, John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
  71. Brad Paisley, Country Nation
  72. michael ray, kiss you in the morning
  73. eric church, like a wrecking ball
  74. Eric Church, Mr. Misunderstood
  75. Cam, Burning House
  76. gary allan, hangover tonight
  77. Jason Aldean, Gonna Know We Were Here
  78. jana kramer, i got the boy
  79. eli young band, turn it on
  80. Ray Scott, Ain’t Always Thirsty
  81. Thomas Rhett, Crash And Burn
  82. locash, i love this life
  83. A Thousand Horses, Smoke
  84. Lee Brice, That Don’t Sound Like You
  85. Cole Swindell, You Should Be Here
  86. Love And Theft, Whiskey On My Breath
  87. Chris Young, I’m Comin’ Over
  88. Kelsea Ballerini, Dibs
  89. The Band Perry, Live Forever
  90. Tim McGraw, Top Of The World
  91. Blake Shelton, Gonna
  92. Carrie Underwood, Smoke Break
  93. Ryan Kinder, Tonight
  94. Dierks Bentley, Riser
  95. Dylan Scott, Crazy Over Me
  96. Chris Janson, Power Of Positive Drinkin’
  97. Luke Bryan, Home Alone Tonight (feat. Karen Fairchild)
  98. Chris Stapleton, Nobody To Blame
  99. NEEDTOBREATHE, Brother
  100. Crowder, Come As You Are
  101. Chris Tomlin, Jesus Loves Me
  102. Casting Crowns, Broken Together
  103. Building 429, Impossible
  104. Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
  105. Sidewalk Prophets, Save My Life
  106. Francesca Battistelli, He Knows My Name


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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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