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Nashville Rocks-American Bang Releases New Album!

Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN

Want some new sounds direct from Music City? Then you’ve got to check out the new self-titled album from American Bang. My cousin Jaren Johnston lends his songwriting skills and rich southern voice to this group of amazing talent. So, check’em out and support some great local Nashville boys! I promise you won’t regret it……


You can purchase the album from there website here or you can download the complete album for $9.99 from iTunes here. ENJOY!!!!!

Here is an acoustic version of their single “Wild and Young.”

Parks on the Nashville News

WZTV FOX 17/Nashville.

We took advantage of the free admission day at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville. They have what’s called a Musical Petting Zoo where kids can go play instruments they might not normally get to touch! Parks had a great time with the slide guitar (because it was the loudest), he’s the first kid seen in the video. It was fun and best of all, FREE!

Music of the past

Quote by Emmylou Harris, originally uploaded by dancemntn.

Worship @ 8500

So, we didn’t make it to the mountains for this inaugural fest this summer, but maybe there’s next year? Thanks Tim and Laurie for posting this! http://www.theblackthornproject.com/2009/07/23/all-that-i-know/ You can learn more about Tim and Laurie from their website and my blog post here: https://searchingtheway.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/house-concerts-rock/

All that I know
Is love has come around
Like the grass under the golden sun
pushes through the ground
All I know is love has come around

All that I know
Is peace has come around
Like the rain beneath the silver moon
glistens to the ground
all I know is peace has come around

I will kiss the days behind me now
and thank you for the beauty that I never saw
I will say goodbye to what is gone
Welcome what I know has been here all along
Been here all along

I finally see tonight
The bluing of the sky
I run into the arms that have been open all the time
Open all the time

By Timothy Floyd Thornton and Laura Elizabeth Thornton
Bricklayer Music Publishing(ASCAP)/Music Guru Publishing(ASCAP)
© Bricklayer Music Publishing 2006. All rights reserved. Please email us for a license to re-record or include this song in media.

House Concerts Rock!

People who know us wouldn’t be surprised to hear that we deeply miss the abundance of live music we had in Colorado. Finally, some beloved Colorado music came to us! Last month, we attended 2 house concerts at the home of Brian and Mary Crews here in Plano. I’m so glad we happened to find out about these 2 shows with Tim and Laurie Thornton and Barry and Michelle Patterson. Thank you Jenn, Justin, and Kelly!

Tim and Laurie Thornton, also known as The Blackthorn Project, now live in  Woodland Park, CO and are former members of Newcomer’s Home, a Boulder, CO based band which featured artists,  Katie Herzig and Andrew Jed. (Both Katie and Andrew are still playing and writing music. Katie is now based out of Nashville, TN and Andrew has moved on to Santa Monica, CA.) Tim and Laurie’s new project is an amazing mix of acoustic mandolin, guitar, fiddle, etc. and beautiful harmonies. That, intertwined with their faith, their love for each other, and their desire to connect to others just breaks down barriers. They are such a down to earth couple!  It was great to take advantage of the house concert setting to finally meet them personally and let them know a little bit about our journey. It was the perfect night for us to hear about God’s huge love for us, even when we continue to doubt ourselves and replay hurtful, negative thoughts in our heads.

Tim and Laurie have been doing more house concerts and have started a non-profit group that uses their talents to foster a community of new ideas and creativity. Check out their website, blog, and you tube vids to learn more about what they are currently up to.

Barry and Michelle Patterson, also ironically hale from Woodland Park and are new peeps in our music world, but we are soooooo glad we got to experience a night with them. Their songwriting is deep and thoughtful, but the melodies are rockin’ and soulful. Both Barry and Michelle are extremely talented both vocally and musically. Their songs were rounded out with the percussion of their new addition to their tour, Melissa, who sounded awesome and made me wish I had learned how to be a chick drummer years ago. I guess I can still wish, huh? Please check out The Patterson’s blog and keep up with these guys and check out their new album, Long,Straight,Uphill Climb, you won’t regret it! Don’t miss their video blogs, pretty hilarious.

Both couples have also been part of the musical collaboration Enter the Worship Circle. Tim and Laurie appear on the Fourth Circle, and Barry and Michelle are featured on the Third Circle with our friends Justin and Kelly Nygren. It’s music that is difficult to explain in words, you really just have to hear it. These albums, in my mind, are like no other worship music I’ve ever heard. They are raw, honest, and beautiful. Go to the About page to find out how this truly amazing project got started.

So, I probably could go on and on about our other fave Boulder musicians, but I’ll save that for another day. There is a deep connection between all these guys that have blessed our lives in ways that I can’t express.  All I ask is that you check out their music, tell your friends, and buy their albums for everyone you know. These sons and daughters depend on us to keep their music seeding and growing and we don’t ever want them to stop!




Trout Fishing in America at the Red River Revel Arts Festival

We took a little trip home to West Monroe over the weekend and stopped in Shreveport, LA to catch the very talented and entertaining duo, Trout Fishing in America at the Red River Revel arts festival. We’ve never seen these guys so we decided to try to make a stop in Shreveport to “catch” them and they didn’t disappoint! Nice fall weather, great artists, and some fun music made it a nice pit stop on the way back to Plano. Jeff was put on the spot at the juggling show for the kids, which was hilarious, only because he was up on stage and I wasn’t. Poor guy………. You can check out the video in the flickr pics. Of course I ran out of room on my memory card or I would have caught the whole thing, dernit!!!!!

See our pics of the revel here.

I’ve added a  very amateur video(oops) of a cool song they performed with the lyrics below, among some others such as “Alien In My Nose” and “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” these guys have some funny stuff!

“Martin Luther King was a great man.
Started as a child with great big dreams.
He found words that changed people’s lives,
Said we could live together and we could be friends.

Rosa Parks wouldn’t back down.
Started as a child with great big dreams.
When they tried to send her to the back of the bus,
Rosa Parks spoke for all of us.

If it’s not easy to do, you’ve got to try a little harder.
If it’s tough to learn, you’ve got to get a little smarter.
Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks
Tried to bring us all together with their big, big hearts.

Martin Luther King took a hard road
It was the only way he could see.
He didn’t walk it all alone.
He walked that road with dignity.

Rosa Parks took the same path.
She helped clear it in her own way.
It wasn’t easy but it had to be done
Open that road for everyone.

If it’s not easy to do, you’ve got to try a little harder.
If it’s tough to learn, you’ve got to get a little smarter.
Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks
Tried to bring us all together with their big, big hearts.

Now we’ve got to learn to live together
We’re getting closer every day, I know
It started with a dream and a first step
But we’ve still got a long way to go.

So what can you do to make it better?
Hey, what can you do to make their dreams come true?
It may look like a mountain that can’t be moved
But you never know what a little push might do.

If it’s not easy to do, you’ve got to try a little harder.
If it’s tough to learn, you’ve got to get a little smarter.
Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks
Tried to bring us all together with their big, big hearts.”

[ Derived from a workshop at Sonora Elementary, Orange County, CA
Big Round World (2008)
Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks
Grimwood/Idlet (BMI) ©2008 Troutoons ]

Call + Response Rockumentary Coming Soon….


Today I wanted to let everyone know about a film coming to major cities across the country October 10th. It is called “Call + Response” and is a documentary that reveals the secrets behind the slavery and human trafficking that unfortunately exists not only in our country but across the world.

Here is a description from the film’s website:

“CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2007, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Luminaries on the issue such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas Kristof, and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer first hand account of this 21st century trade. Performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, members of Nickel Creek and Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Rocco Deluca move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it.

Music is part of the movement against human slavery. Dr. Cornel West connects the music of the American slave fields to the popular music we listen to today, and offers this connection as a rallying cry for the modern abolitionist movement currently brewing.”

Please check out the website and theater locations here.

The Life in Deep Ellum community is attending the film October 18th in Dallas and I encourage anyone who lives in Austin, Nashville,etc. and especially to our buddies in Denver, PLEASE spread the word and go see this film!!!!!!!!