Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Music: Big Daddy Weave

There is nothing small about the group Big Daddy Weave even though their name sounds more like your father’s comb over. Their music is big and bold. A lot of different sounds come from this band which makes it hard to pin point who they are. One song will sound like rockabilly, the next, a praise band. Are they country? Rock? One thing is for sure – they’re authentic.

Big Daddy Weave consists of Mike Weaver (songwriter and lead vocalist), his brother Jay (Bass/Vocals), Jeff Jones (Drums), Joe (Saxophone and keyboards), and Jeremy Redmon (Guitars and vocals). This year the band celebrates its’ 10th year of ministry but they are as fresh as their 2002 Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year. Big Daddy Weave’s music includes mix of acoustic guitar, keyboard, bass, electric guitar, percussion, mandolin, banjo, glockenspiel, sax and drums. Each album is full of passion and energy. The tradition continues with their latest, “Love Come to Life,” available today Tuesday, April 17, 2012. However, it’s been more than three years since their last release.

"We've faced a lot of personal challenges and adversity during the past couple of years," says Mike Weaver, the group’s front man on the group’s website. "Coming to the other side of that leaves us with fresh things to share, and in a place where we can share even more deeply than ever before." The group is recovering from one too many trips away from their families, a terrible fire that swept through their producer’s house and studio, and numerous health issues. The result is a record that features two sides of the Christian life.

"You've got the ones I term the belly-achers," says Mike. "Those are the hurting songs, which are way outnumbered by what came after that, the songs that say, 'We can't wait to worship God because we see even in tragedy, God, You are triumphant.'"

"This is a record that's a lot more transparent," says drummer Jeff Jones. "It's one that all of us are super excited about. We can give it to people and say, 'This is what God has been doing in our lives.’"

"God has a plan with all of this stuff," says Jeremy Redmon, "and maybe it took that extra time and our journey as a band to really bring these songs to life. There have been big changes over the last couple of tours as we've allowed more time for ministry.

“Love Come to Life” starts out big as well with “Jesus Move,” a powerful and straightforward song. The music starts subtle and builds slowly and then BAM – you’re hit with the lyrics:
 “Let the power of God fall down on us. Let Your power fall down right now.”
 Other great songs include “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” which is destined to be added to many church’s worship song lists and the beautifully written “Redeemed.” Sometimes men have a hard time sharing their feelings. The lyrics on this song articulate true masculine feelings of brokenness and healing:
 “All my life I have been called unworthyNamed by the voice of my shame and regretBut when I hear You whisper, ‘Child lift up your head’I remember oh God; You’re not done with me yet”
 You can sample all the songs off this great album by visiting the band’s website.

Other new music released today:
  • “The End is Where We Begin” by Thousand Foot Krutch
  • “Swell” by Deluge
  • “Rebel Transmission” by Neworldson
  • “Big Band” by John Tesh
  • “Fighter” by Manafest
  • “Fearless” by Travis Ryan
  • “True Defiance” by Demon Hunter
  • “The Good Life” by Trip Lee
  • “Center of it All” by Desperation Band
  • “Heal Our Land” by Planetshakers
  • “The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For” by Fike
  • “Dangerous” by KJ-52
  • “Love on the Outside” by Willet
(Read more at New ReleaseTuesday)

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