Chris Huffman makes the quietest returns home. The bassman for Casting Crowns is a Glasgow native who still has family in the Bluegrass State. But he's so quiet back there, plucking away on his Sting Ray bass behind Mark Hall, and CC is so associated with Georgia, it isn't until you see him rockin' his Wildcats T-shirt that you remember, "Oh, yeah. Welcome home."
As we said in the paper today, Casting Crowns isn't the band you go for to close out a festival with a big party, and that's the way Ichthus has closed in recent years. But they are probably the biggest act in Christian rock today, and while they still bear no resemblance to rock stars, it is more amazing that this is basically a youth group worship band than it was two years ago, when CC last played Ichthus. If they stay true to form, they should be back in Georgia leading worship this morning.
But performing on a beautiful night in Wilmore, Kentucky, the band struck just the right chord, particularly considering the weekend. How could you hear Praise You in this Storm and not think back to Jon Weece's keynote address?
And what fun, enjoying moments such as Melodee DeVevo and Juan DeVevo's duel/duet on the Shaker Melody Simple Gifts. Maybe they should take their act to Pleasant Hill. The closers seemed like a great way to go out.
Now, here at le blog, we are going to take the sabbath, and Father's Day, to rest. But watch next week for some additional thoughts and items such as the Copious Notes Ichthus 2008 photo album.