Cephas Hour of Praise
Volume 39
(Air Date: July 14, 2019)

I Need Thee Every Hour Michael Roe
My Redeemer Lives Bob Bennett
As Morning Breaks (Psalm 63) John Michael Talbot
Beautiful Scandalous Night The Choir
God Will Lift Up Your Head Jars of Clay
Selfish Man Oden Fong
Jesus Puts The Song In Our Hearts Love Song
I Believe In You Bob Dylan
Jesus, Friend Of Sinners Casting Crowns
Cry Out To Jesus Third Day
Down To The River To Pray Alison Krauss
El Shaddai Michael Card
Add Up The Wonders Michael Omartian
Change Is Gonna Come Mike Farris
Wedding In The Country Manor (excerpt) Phil Keaggy

Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Volume CLI
(Air Date: July 10, 2019)

Second show this week. Because why not. A lot more country, particularly in the first few songs, than usual. Because again why not.

Come To Jesus Mindy Smith
No Room For Us The Lost Dogs
Long Black Train Josh Turner
Heaven Is Just A Memory Away Jordan Family Band
Strong Hand Of Love Mark Heard
Pico Boulevard Margaret Becker
Sweet Jesus Morning Mustard Seed Faith
We Were The Dreamers Richie Furay
The Night Shift Bob Bennett
Mercy Will Prevail The Choir
Great Little Dancer Crumbächer
Say The Word Whiteheart
High On A Hill Kerry Livgren AD
Righteous Rocker #1 Larry Norman

Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Volume CXLIX
(Air Date: May 19, 2019)

That time when the Christian music industry got it right and gave a Dove Award to a deserving band.

Salamander The Choir
Polar Boy The Choir
Sled Dog The Choir
Away With The Swine The Choir
The Ocean The Choir
If You’re Listening The Choir
The Chicken The Choir
Slow Spin The Choir
Leprechaun The Choir
Yellow-Haired Monkeys The Choir
Butterfly The Choir
The Warbler The Choir
Mercy Lives Here The Choir
Beautiful Scandalous Night The Choir

Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Volume CXLVIII
(Air Date: May 5, 2019)

There’s a theme here. You’ll figure it out.

I May Never Know Terry Scott Taylor
Grace By Which I Stand Keith Green
Nod Over Coffee Mark Heard
All The Losers Win DeGarmo & Key
God Part III Larry Norman
Mansion On The Sand Tom Howard
People Tend To Forget Pantano & Salsbury
Holy Eyes Kenny Marks
Masks Prodigal
Dig Adam Again
Grace The Choir
Jimmy The Lost Dogs
Our New Testament Best Daniel Amos
In The Light Of Heaven Sweet Comfort Band
The Color Of Dreams Derri Daugherty

Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Volume CXLVII
(Air Date: March 27, 2019)

Hi folks. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get a new show up for you. This one is a touch mellower than most; hope you don’t mind.

Tangerine Leaves The Throes
Say The Word Whiteheart
Hide In Your Love Tykus
Cherish The Moment Phil Keaggy
They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships Kemper Crabb
Lord Of The Past Bob Bennett
Eye Of The Storm Mark Heard
The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes, and The Pride Of Life 77s
Loved And Forgiven Lost Dogs
Love, Grace, and Mercy Daniel Amos
Mercy Lives Here The Choir
Addey DeGarmo & Key
The Color Of Dreams Derri Daugherty
Dig Adam Again

Cephas Hour of Praise
Volume 38
(Air Date: January 20, 2019)

Once And For All Whiteheart
Say The Word Whiteheart
Unchain Whiteheart
Mercy Lives Here The Choir
The Time Has Come The Choir
Beautiful Scandalous Night The Choir
All In God’s Hands Sweet Comfort Band
Can You Help Me Sweet Comfort Band
Haven’t Seen You Sweet Comfort Band
All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name Bob Bennett
Lord Of The Past Bob Bennett
My Redeemer Lives Bob Bennett
Let Everything Else Go Phil Keaggy
What A Wonder You Are Phil Keaggy
Wedding In The Country Manor (excerpt) Phil Keaggy

Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Volume CXLV
(Air Date: November 7, 2018)

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Second new episode in a week. Really. This one draws from songs I had on the in-store playlist of a (believe it or not) store where I was the assistant manager before the corporation folded earlier this year. And no, it wasn’t my fault.

Lead Me To Reason AD
Second Chance Allies
Do I Stand Alone Mike Stand
Burn Up In The Fire Andy Pratt
Power Of Love Arlo Guthrie
Nobody Loves Me Like You Benny Hester
Joy Deep As Sorrow Bob Bennett
You Run The Call
My Mind Played A Trick On Me Charlie Peacock
She’s Alright The Choir
The Stand Chuck Girard
The Only Way Out Cliff Richard
Speechless Crumbächer
Jesus Wept Daniel Amos

Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Volume CXLIII
(Air Date: July 1, 2018)

Now here’s a novel concept — a regular show! Haven’t done one of these in a while. Hope you enjoy it.

A Sentimental Song The Choir
Rubber Canoe Benny Hester
The Wall Phil Keaggy
40 Watt City JAG
Thunder Beach Crumbächer
Fast Forward Prodigal
Turn A Blind Eye The Call
Who’s Who Here Daniel Amos
Perfect Blues 77s
Pimps And Preachers Veil
Meant To Live Switchfoot
Flood Jars Of Clay
Come For The Children Oden Fong

“Bloodshot” by The Choir Deeply Satisfies

(This post originally appeared on Goldfish and Clowns.)

It’s difficult to envision veteran Christian alt rockers The Choir being in the company of country artists back when it was barely out of its teens, a time finding artists such as The Carter Family, Bob Willis, and Bill Monroe routinely crisscrossing the country planting seeds of a genre they created. Also, it’s not that Bloodshot, The Choir’s new album, is in any sense a country album. However, there is a common thread; more on this in a bit.

Throughout its career The Choir has with graceful ease traversed between atmospheric and near avant-garde, musically built around Derri Daugherty’s sometimes dreamy and at other moments razor slice guitar while Steve Hindalong’s lyrics have purposefully plumbed relationships, life fragments, and faith through a poet’s eyes. In this respect Bloodshot is no different than its predecessors. The Choir have for decades made extremely even albums, never failing to deliver something solid wrapped within textural diversity. Bloodshot, however, has some twists revealing Messrs. Daugherty and Hindalong, plus Tim Chandler on bass and Dan Michaels on assorted reed instruments, are still more than capable of bringing something new to the turntable.

Bloodshot is in many ways the most straightforward album The Choir has ever recorded. Not that the music is an exercise in formulaic commercial ear candy; rather, the songs are simpler without being simplistic: more direct, more immediately accessible. Daugherty frequently employs strummed chords as a foundation upon which to bounce his effects-rich electric work, using it to create far more guitar interplay than is present in most Choir efforts. Even when there is but one guitar present, Daugherty accomplishes the rare feat of creating multiple sound swirls dancing around each other, always perfectly meshed within the song in lieu of drawing attention to themselves alone.

The album also differs lyrically from the majority of prior albums in that it is far more heavily relationship-focused. Not that faith is being dismissed, but on Bloodshot Hindalong is at his most playful and celebratory of love between two people. This is the album you play for those who deride Christian music as bereft of romance.

Where the album harkens back to country’s emerging years is in its songs at their core. They are solid, uncomplicated, and tuneful; the essence of country long before it went cosmopolitan. It is not difficult to hear the compositions and picture them coming out of a dome-shaped AM radio, performed by a small acoustic ensemble in some station’s studio designed for live music. Whether this is intentional or unplanned is something only The Choir can answer, but regardless it is there.

It’s easy, and sadly all too common, for an established band to trot out the same ol’ same ol’ album after album, knowing this will satisfy the vast majority of their audience. The Choir think and act differently. Bloodshot isn’t a radical departure, but rather a superb exploration of songs and sounds fused together, creating a record that’s memorable for all the right reasons.

The album is available for preorder on iTunes.

Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Volume CXLI
(Air Date: May 16, 2018)

You want to hear Bloodshot, the new album by The Choir, don’t you? Well, here you go, with classic Choir tracks starting and finishing the show. Enjoy!

That Melancholy Ghost The Choir
Bloodshot Eyes The Choir
Californians on Ice The Choir
Summer Rain The Choir
Birds Bewildered The Choir
Only Reasons The Choir
House of Blues The Choir
The Dizzy Wounded The Choir
Because You’re Beautiful The Choir
The Way You Always Are The Choir
Magic The Choir
We’ve Got The Moon The Choir
The Time Has Come The Choir
She’s Alright The Choir
Mercy Will Prevail The Choir