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David Crowder: Why Old Gospel Music Works in a Club

The chart-topping worship leader has re-located to Atlanta, and is currently touring small rock venues across the U. S. with a "kitschy" Americana collective that has two albums in the works.
David Crowder: Why Old Gospel Music Works in a Club
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David Crowder: Why Old Gospel Music Works in a Club

Since the David Crowder*Band's dissolution in 2012, the frontman has re-located to Atlanta, where he is re-working classic Crowder worship songs. Following the release of a stripped-down iTunes Session LP in November 2012, Crowder hit the road with a new fleet of backing musicians with two albums set to drop later this year. CT caught up with Crowder on the road in Chicago.

We all thought the David Crowder*Band was over when the DCB's last album dropped last year. What's going on with you now?

We're about halfway through our tour with 26 dates left, playing mostly small rock clubs, with a very intimate set. There's a lot of storytelling in the evening, so it just kind of feels like you're just hanging out in a living room. That's what we're going for. We'll also have a five-song EP come out in August, and a full length record in November of this year. Most of the songs on the EP are already recorded, and the record is off and running as well.

The band is all new folks. [The earlier members of David Crowder*Band have formed The Digital Age.] Some of them I've known over the years but others I hadn't met until we started making music together about a year ago. It's been fun to discover new people's musicianship, but to also discover these new people relationally—it's been a treat having these folks on this tour. The arrow has left the string so to speak—too late, no takebacks.

It's a different setup as far as instrumentation goes. We've got all traditional acoustic instruments with banjo, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, porch music type stuff. We're revisiting a lot of the old Crowder Band favorites with this instrumentation, and it's fun to see the songs come back to life in a way that's getting rediscovered—it ...

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