Christ Church Worship Band

Christ Church Worship Band
Worship and praise bands are very popular at churches today. While many perform versions of tried-and-true acts such as Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin and Casting Crowns, many of these talented musicians are realizing that the aforementioned acts started pretty much the same way and have started glorifying the Lord with their own musical creations. The Christ Church Worship Band from Lincolnton, NC is one of these acts, and featuring veteran musicians bursting with both songwriting talent and heartfelt faith, the result is wondrous. Songs like “Eternal Grace” and “To Be Saved” are as musically beautiful and inspiring as anything in the contemporary Christian genre these days. “Amazing Love” has a subtle power to the music with sweet harmony vocals that make you feel the anything-but-subtle power of God’s love. “Generation[Z]” has a bit of a World music feel, with a comforting groove and more passionate words.  A wise songwriter once said, “Music is the universal language and love is the key.” Well, these are all wise songwriters, too, who obviously feel their passions and exhibit a heartfelt joy in spreading the Word to comfort those who already believe and reach those who do not. – MW


Speedbuggy USA – South of Bakersfield

Speedbuggy USA – South of Bakersfield
Nearly six years ago, Speedbuggy USA vocalist and songwriter Timbo checked into a hospital with a brain aneurysm. There must have been some higher purpose for Timbo’s survival of the mostly fatal condition, and with one listen to the latest CD from California’s cow-punk kings, you get the idea that the music was one of those purposes. Timbo and his talented mates kick it into high gear from the get-go with the rollicking and perhaps apropos titled “Still Movin’ On.” The foot never comes off the accelerator on the rest of the journey, as even mellower songs like the balladic “Wrong Side” carry a subtle potency. “Set ‘Em Up” is a bawdy shuffle that harkens to smoke filled honky-tonks and sawdust covered dance floors. Most of the songs’ lyrics are written from the band’s experiences in their home base of Bakersfield, weaving both the humorous and the poignant. Timbo, who was born in Louisiana, also penned the song “Rusted Cars” lamenting of the affect of Hurricane Katrina. Yes, Timbo has so much more to give to the world of music and, with his friends, that translates into some killer, sun-drenched, mud-flecked, tobacco -stained tunes. – MW


Park Sipes – Rise Above

Park Sipes – Rise Above
North Carolina-based vocalist/guitarist Park Sipes unleashes his prodigious talent in his new solo release “Rise Above.” The melodic, modern-edged rock that he creates here has a potent and hooky drive that really accentuates his thought-provoking words. Mellower songs such as “Don’t Chase the Night Away” and “Breathe” showcase the emotive range of Park’s vocals. “Life (Revisited)”, the CD’s first single originally written by Kelly Keeling and Marty Paris,  gets a subtly snappy drive that adds a dynamic edge to the musical vibe. “A New Horizon” is a stunning instrumental that proves you don’t always need words to speak from the heart. Park uses his talent in just the right doses on this CD so you can still appreciate his musical prowess, but it does not detract – instead it enhances the inspirational words here. His lyrical messages are by no means pretentious and are meant to uplift your soul with the honest feelings he portrays. This is a very ear-opening solo debut with the music being the type you can not just listen to but need to experience.  – MW