Sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records artist and collegiate favorite David Crowder Band prepares to release its first new full-length studio album in two years, A Collision, Sept. 27. Following two widely successful, groundbreaking projects, David Crowder Band continues exploring the science behind music and worship.
“For the past two years, I have ended most nights in concert with the following statement: ‘When our depravity meets his divinity, it is a beautiful collision.’ This recording is about that collision,” says frontman David Crowder. “It is a rendering of our mortality and eternal life. It is the hope in a rescue that has come, the hope in a rescue that has found us and the relentless hope in a greater rescue that is still coming. This music, broken, improper and inadequate in its response, is rooted in that hope. The Kingdom of Heaven is here and now and coming.”
As the band’s number-one-selling sophomore release Illuminate explored the empirical facts about light, translating them into revelation of God and creation, so the new album stems from the improper depiction of the atom and its elliptical paths around the nucleus (as shown on the album’s cover). “This is the difficulty with symbols,” says Crowder. “They are never quite proper; they are always a bit broken. This inadequate drawing roused both hope of discovery and reminiscence of destruction in me as I thought, ‘We are creating broken containers.’”
More than 73 minutes over 18 tracks, A Collision features the first studio version of the concert favorite, “Here Is Our King,” which released to radio this week. The live recording of the song from Passion 05 can also be heard on the No. 1-selling CD, Passion: How Great Is Our God. In addition to other new, groundbreaking songs from the David Crowder Band, the album includes a cover of “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” by Loretta Lynn, Sufjan Stevens’ “O God Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?),” “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughn Williams and the band’s first-ever take on bluegrass with “I Saw the Light” by Hank Williams, Sr.
As the band explored bluegrass music through Williams’ song, a fairy tale collision occurred. “We met Marty Stuart at the Dove Awards a year ago. He was backstage wearing a black suit, aglow in rhinestones, sparkling down both sleeves and spanning the back of his jacket in the shape of a very large cross,” Crowder recalls. “None of this would have been entirely strange if not for the fact our guitar player had suggested one day prior that we should get Marty Stuart to help us with the bluegrass number.” Soon after, David Crowder Band found itself gathered around a microphone in the late Johnny Cash’s cabin outside of Nashville with Stuart, recording “I Saw the Light,” two of Williams’ verses, the one of Cash’s and one of Crowder’s.
The rest of A Collision was recorded in Waco, TX in the barn behind Crowder’s house. Built in 1885 by then-Waco corner drugstore owner and alchemist Wade Morrison, the barn’s color resembles a Dr. Pepper can, whose origins are Mr. Morrison’s corner store. The entire recording process was documented online with weblogs and four webcams, which ran 24 hours a day for four weeks. On a whim, Crowder posted an invitation to all fans watching to join the band for a BBQ and group singing on “I Saw the Light.” People responded and arrived for the event from several surrounding states and beyond, including California, Tennessee, Georgia and other places.
David Crowder Band has captured the attention of such significant media as the New York Times, CNN and most recently FOX News as part of the cable network’s coverage of Creation East. Nominated for three GMA Music Awards this year, headlining its own tours, joining a major tour with Michael W. Smith and Mercy Me, and releasing two very successful side recordings, The Lime CD and Sunsets & Sushi – Experiments In Spectral Deconstruction, David Crowder Band looks forward to its next headlining tour this fall with Shane & Shane and Robby Seay Band. The first Christian artist to foster a partnership with M-Audio/Propellerhead’s Reason software, Crowder is also the namesake behind premiere guitar maker Tom Anderson Guitarworks’s Crowdster Acoustic. Despite the success, David Crowder Band makes it a point to get back to University Baptist Church on most Sundays, a church they helped found on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, TX.
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