Posts including Sara Groves

Special Guest Josh Garrels, Pt. 1 - Episode #363

posted: October 28th, 2016

We fell in love with the music of Josh Garrels in the early days of UTR, and hundreds of folks have cited us as being the place they discovered his talent.  On this episode I say "he might be one of the most important indie artists of our generation" - and that's not hyperbole. His rise in popularity and his success as an artist are revered by many inside and outside the music industry, and …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Branches , Josh Garrels, Sara Groves, Josh Garrels, Lost Dogs, Josh Garrels, Ali Rogers, Josh Garrels, The Welcome Wagon, Josh Garrels

Audio Recap of Escape To The Lake 2016 - Episode #353

posted: August 26th, 2016

We return with brand new episodes, starting with an insider's audio journal to UTR's flagship event and the best music gathering of the summer, Escape To The Lake 2016.  Both music makers and music appreciators showed up in Cedar Lake, IN, August 7-11 to experience spiritual, emotional, & musical refreshment like you can't find anywhere else.  On this week's episode, we do something we've never done before on our ETTL recap episodes -- all of …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Matthew Clark, Eric Peters, Joel Ansett, Joy Ike, Mike Farris, 6’10, Jess Ray (ft. Taylor Leonhardt), Nick Flora, Sara Groves, Chris & Jenna

Celebrating Moms & DIY Artists - Episode #183

posted: May 6th, 2016

This episode is a flashback to show #183 from May 2012.  We thought this could tie in well for Mother's Day Weekend.  It was nice to weave in interview clips from Sara Groves, Lori Chaffer, Randall Goodgame, & Bread of Stone.  Plus it's the UTR debut of Maron Gaffron who will be our next online benefit concert artist on May 10.  Info on that is available at http://is.gd/utrcw.
Episode Artists:
The Hollands!, Battle Victorious, Patrick Jenkins, Sara Groves, Zach Winters, Kimmy Vos , Lori Chaffer, La Poema, Randall Goodgame, Maron Gaffron, Kenny Marks, Bread of Stone

Episode #335 - Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2015 (Revisited)

posted: April 29th, 2016

If there's one episode that deserves a 2nd spin each year, it's our annual audio countdown of the Top 11 Gourmet Albums of the Year.  Last year's list of critics' picks is an outstanding collection of gourmet music, and might make for a good entry point for someone just discovering the world of well-crafted indie music.  We feature songs from the latest work by The Lone Bellow, Josh Garrels, and Jon Foreman.  Who else released …Read More »
Episode Artists:
The Lone Bellow, Sufjan Stevens, Chris Taylor, Gungor, Cindy Morgan, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Josh Garrels, The Oh Hellos, The Gray Havens, Jon Foreman, Sara Groves, Andrew Peterson

Preview of Escape To The Lake 2016 - Episode #343

posted: April 15th, 2016

Little know fact: On our production schedule, this week was supposed to be a rerun.  Last month the idea dawned on me to do a show previewing some of the amazing artists coming to ETTL 2016, something that we've never really done in the past.  One of the self-indulgent reasons why I wanted to produce this show was to feature a new (1-wk-old) song from The Gray Havens' new stellar album Ghost of a King, as …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Joy Ike, Nick Flora, Jess Ray, 6’10, The Gray Havens, Joel Ansett, Sara Groves, Giants & Pilgrims, Christopher Williams, Chris & Jenna

7 Year Flashback - Episode #16

posted: February 26th, 2016

Take a ride down memory lane and listen to when UTR was just a 3-month-old newborn radio show!  It's fun to see how things have changed ... and how things haven't.  Even 7 years ago you can hear that we were passionate about connecting listeners to well-crafted music.  It's also in Episode #16 that we play the music of Jeremy Casella for the first time!  ((Dave))
Episode Artists:
The Afters, Caedmon’s Call, Jon Foreman, Fernando Ortega, JJ Heller, Jeremy Casella, Steven Curtis Chapman, Brooke Fraser, Richie Furay , Andy Gullahorn, Matt Nightingale, Sara Groves

Top Gourmet Songs of 2015, part 1 - Episode #336

posted: January 22nd, 2016

We keep our UTR Critics Panel working hard as they helped to compile a list of over 50 songs that really WOW'ed their ears in 2015.  In this hour we pass along some of that WOW to you, as we feature the first half of a 2-part series featuring the Top Gourmet Songs of 2015.  If you're looking for an hour where the best of the best is featured... look no further.  And I love …Read More »
Episode Artists:
MUTEMATH, Timbre, Arthur Alligood, LEVV, Ben Rector, JJ Heller, Vocal Few, Ben Pasley, Cindy Morgan, Brent Bourgeois, Sara Groves

The Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2015 - Episode #335

posted: January 15th, 2016

I look forward to this episode each and every year... it's one of our longest-standing traditions.  This is the 6th consecutive year we have presented the Top 11 Gourmet Albums countdown.  This year was an exceptional year for "gourmet music" releases -- and maybe the first time ever that Sara Groves, Andrew Peterson, and Josh Garrels all released new studio albums in the same year.  It's really fun to do a show in a "countdown" …Read More »
Episode Artists:
The Lone Bellow, Sufjan Stevens, Chris Taylor, Gungor, Cindy Morgan, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Josh Garrels, The Oh Hellos, The Gray Havens, Jon Foreman, Sara Groves, Andrew Peterson

Special interview guest Sara Groves - Episode #328

posted: November 13th, 2015

We couldn't return with a bigger bang after a 5-week hiatus than by welcoming the female artist we have played the most in the history of UTR, Sara Groves.  I recorded this interview in July 2014 at Escape To The Lake, and she had just finished recording her latest album "Floodplain," which just released on 11/6/15.  It was great to explore some of the unique process that went into the making of this new CD. …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Justin McRoberts, Sara Groves , Josh Garrels, Sara Groves, Sons of Korah, Sara Groves, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Sara Groves , Sandra McCracken, Sara Groves

Closing Tracks - Episode #323

posted: August 28th, 2015

About a year ago, Doug from Rockford IL emailed me about a year ago with an episode theme idea to play the closing tracks of albums.  I loved the idea and agreed that the final tracks of albums are often really special songs with significant depth.  We're excited to pull the trigger on that idea this week.  And you'll hear some doozies, like Needtobreathe, Andy Gullahorn, The Choir, and more. Let us know if you …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Audrey Assad, Andrew Osenga, Aaron Lee Martin, Needtobreathe, Tal & Acacia, The Choir [ft. Leigh Nash] , Sara Groves, Griffin House, Jars of Clay, Andy Gullahorn

Critics’ Picks - Best Albums of 2015 (so far) - Episode #320

posted: June 26th, 2015

Whenever we get the input of our Critics Panel, it usually results in a stellar episode.  They have worked their magic again, as they share some of the best albums to be released in the first half of 2015.  All albums by Christian songwriters released between 12/1/14 and 6/1/15 were considered.  I hadn't really "discovered" the Trent Dabbs or Riki Michele albums until this episode - and I always find some A+ music thanks to …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Seryn, The Gray Havens, Riki Michelle, Waterdeep, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Josh Garrels, Alli Rogers, Trent Dabbs, Andrew Osenga, Mat Kearney, Sara Groves, Sufjan Stevens

Social Justice Songs - Episode #293

posted: September 19th, 2014

This episode has been in development longer than (possibly) any other episode we've done.  We decided we wanted to do a show on the theme of social justice around 4 years ago, and started picking out songs and collecting interview clips on that topic.  Usually once each year, I have had this episode on our production calendar, and for various reasons - mostly related to our lack of available time to research and seek out …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Christa Wells, Melody Olson, Caedmon's Call, Jenny & Tyler, David Wilcox, Gungor, Sara Groves, Leeland, Mark Heard, Kenny Meeks, Lori Chaffer, Sarah Masen, Me In Motion

Escape to the Lake 2014 Recap - Episode #285

posted: August 1st, 2014

While it's impossible to sum up Escape To The Lake in a 1-hour show, it's fun to produce an overview episode each year.  The interview clips are substantial - I love what Micah Dalton said about how some artists caught in the in-between, not fully embraced by the club scene and not fully embraced by the church scene, can find a home at ETTL.  And I also love how Justin McRoberts took time to praise …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Giants & Pilgrims, Jason Gray, Tanya Godsey, Son of Laughter, Sara Groves, Waterdeep, Justin McRoberts, Micah Dalton, Caroline Cobb, Burlap to Cashmere

Kelly’s Farewell Picks - Episode #282

posted: June 6th, 2014


Episode Artists:
Cindy Morgan, Sarah Masen, Nick Flora, The Gray Havens, Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan, Julie Lee, Gungor, Audrey Assad, Sara Groves, Dave Barnes, Judah & The Lion

Episode #273 - Guest Co-Host: Ben Shive

posted: March 21st, 2014


Episode Artists:
Caleb, Andrew Osenga, Sara Groves, Eric Peters, Sixpence None the Richer, Melanie Penn, Josh Garrels, Rich Mullins, Andrew Peterson, The Innocence Mission

Episode #271 - Song Stories: Part 2

posted: March 7th, 2014


Episode Artists:
Jaron & Katherine Kamin, Christa Wells, Sara Groves, Eric Peters, David Story, Cindy Morgan, Randall Goodgame, John Waller, Ben Shive, Nick Flora

Episode #269 - Love Songs

posted: February 14th, 2014


Episode Artists:
David Story, Griffin House, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Stacy Lantz, Randall Goodgame, Ashley Cleveland, Andrew Peterson, Matt Wertz, Sara Groves, Eric Peters, Phil Keaggy, The Gray Havens, Jenny & Tyler

Episode #264 - Top Gourmet Songs of 2013, Part B

posted: January 10th, 2014


Episode Artists:
Matt Brock, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Sara Groves, Andy Gullahorn, Neulore, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Audrey Assad, Citizens, K.S. Rhoads, Phil Madeira, Judah & the Lion, Christa Wells

Episode #255 - Co-Host: Jenny & Tyler

posted: November 1st, 2013


Episode Artists:
John Mark McMillan, Sara Groves, Carolina Story, Neulore, Sandra McCracken, Shane & Shane, Needtobreathe, Levi Weaver, Derek Webb, Keith Green, Andrew Osenga

Episode #253 - Interview Guest: Sara Groves

posted: October 11th, 2013


Episode Artists:
Jars of Clay, Sara Groves, Sara Groves, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Sara Groves, Judah & The Lion, Sara Groves, Sara Groves, Seabird, K.S. Rhoads, Sara Groves

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