Thursday, July 13, 2006

Jesus Music Oldies

For the past week, I've been grooving on Jesus Music Oldies, an Internet radio collection of some of the greatest music of the "Golden Age" of Jesus Music. Some of the best musicians and early songs that fed my soul: Phil Keaggy and Glass Harp, Children of the Day, Love Song, Keith Green, Don Francisco, Daniel Amos (remember Shotgun Angel?), early Second Chapter of Acts, Matthew Ward, Andre Crouch and the Disciples, James Vincent ("Waiting for the Rain"), Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill ("Lung Cancer"), DeGarmo and Key, Janny Grein, Honeytree, and more and more and more.

This is a great find. I could listen to this stuff all day long. If you got saved in the seventies and listened to Christian music, you'll wonder how you ever forgot some of these tasty tunes. The station is produced by Rob Whitehurst, and he has a kickin' collection.

There's a related website at www.JesusMusicOldies.com, but it's not very easy to navigate. Rob has a more up-to-date web page on My Space, and I found some great weblinks to the classic bands. (I had no idea that All Saved Freak Band had its own web site. And if you haven't heard My Poor Generation, you've missed some of the best vintage Jesus rock there was.)

To listen, you do have to sign up on Live365 with a username and password, and also tolerate the advertising. It's no more worse than regular radio, and if it annoys you, you can pay a fee of about $50 a year to get the ads removed. I'm taking the free ride right now, and believe me, it's a nice listen.