We're going to keep this Christian pop update on the short side, because we'll be piling Dove Award nominations on top of it in a few hours.
~ Superchick (photo, right) is coming to Central Baptist Church in Winchester, May 11. And they're bringing Krystal Meyers, DecembeRadio, Nevertheless and Group 1 Crew. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door, and will be on sale soon. See Cooper Productions website for more information.
Don't forget that tickets to MercyMe and Audio Adrenaline's April 21 show at Rupp Arena go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 24). They're $15-$30. Call (859) 233-3535. It's shaping up to be a pretty good spring concert season here in CKY, particularly once the Glory Revealed tour gets rescheduled.
~ Today, you can get the new CD from Tobymac, Portable Sounds. We also have new Anberlin, Cities, and new Everlife, a self-titled disc from one of the groups that opened for the Cheetah Girls at Rupp. (We here at rctalk strongly suspect that the Anberlin crowd will not be buying Everlife and vice versa, though both crowds may overlap with Superchick fans. In this scenario, Superchick is Switzerland.)
~ Superchick, Toby or anyone would like to hit this milestone: Casting Crowns' Lifesong recently went platinum, meaning 1 million copies sold. That puts the Georgia youth group band in very rare company. Jars of Clay is the only other contemporary Christian act to have its first two albums go platinum (Jars of Clay from 1995 and Much Afraid from 1997), and Casting Crowns made it to the mark the fastest with Casting Crowns (2003) and Lifesong (2005).
~ I jinxed myself. And I'm going to share it at the bottom of an rctalk post because I think some of y'all will sympathize. A few weeks ago, I wrote at the bottom of an Apples in Stereo post how in my own fledgling guitar playing I had instituted a rule that I will always end a practice with something I can play well as a balm to the frustration of songs that kick my butt in rehearsal, like Audio Adrenaline's Big House was. Well, the very day that appeared in print, I had the chance to play both Big House and my No. 1 musical balm, Everlasting God, in front of actual people. Sure enough, I blew Everlasting God like a condemned building . Fortunately, Big House went fine, but that's the last time I write that I can play anything well.
~ OK, only a few more hours until those Dove announcements. We'll have them here for you, probably just after lunch time. Brian Littrell is one of the announcers, and it seems a safe bet he'll be reading his own name a few times.