Texas Hippie Coalition

Yesterday, I had the honor of meeting, and listening to, the Texas Hippie Coalition. All I can tell you is that they were the nicest bunch of guys (band and their supporting cast), and that Big Dad Rich provided a prayer before the concert that was an incredible testimony to Jesus. Big Dad Rich’s brother, Terrance, and THC’s drummer, Joey, especially showed me above-and-beyond kindness.

Yeah, I paid for the meet-and-greet :-), but that doesn’t explain how congenial the band members were to all of who had…nor how Terrance and Joey were so friendly outside it.

I will have fond memories of the night long into the future.

Alan Fahrner and the Texas Hippie Coalition

Before I share a couple of video snippets from last night, I’ll admit THC presents a conundrum for me. If you look at the liner notes from their last album, at least four of them call on the name of Jesus. Additionally, from talking to Terrance and Big Dad Rich’s prayer, it’s clear their faith is much more than that of a “cultural Christian.” Yet, as a minister, I can tell you that there are things that Big Dad Rich says, does, and sings about that would cause me to counsel a congregant who said, did, or sung about.

That is, I am blessed to call Terrance, Big Dad Rich, and some of the other band members brothers in Christ, but I do not know how to harmonize aspects of their behavior with what I believe Scripture teaches. Neither my conversations with Terrance at the merchandise table nor the meet-and-greet were appropriate venues for asking about the apparent disconnects, and it is unlikely I’ll ever have the opportunity to do so, but it would be a great conversation…and I will be regularly praying for Big Dad Rich, Terrance, and the band. God watch over you and yours brothers.

Now that I’ve shared my conundrum, here are a couple snippets from “Hands Up” last night at the Wild Goose Saloon in Parker, Colorado (which deserves five stars for being an incredible venue with friendly staff). Coarse language warning:

UPDATE: Egad! I just realized I forgot to say that they were stunning on stage. Amazingly talented band.

Joey, if you ever read this: First, thanks for the friendliness. Second, I don’t know how you do with the drums what you do with the drums. Wow. Third, and finally, you cause me serious hair envy as you whip it around playing the drums. 🙂

To Bid Dad Rich and the rest of the band: You are as equally talented as Joey, and thank you again for your kindness and your music.

Finally, to Terrance, there is nothing I can say that would measure up to the hospitality you showed me. Thank you!

Sean Feucht Versus the Texas Hippie Coalition

Who did it better, Sean Feucht or the Texas Hippie Coalition?

By “it,” I mean: Give God credit.

Exhibit A, a screenshot of the “About” page on seanfeucht.com, searching for all references to “God”:

Screen shot

Exhibit B, the liner notes from the Texas Hippy Coalition’s latest album, “High in the Saddle”:


Liner notes

So, who did it better?

Obviously, my two exhibits prove nothing, but you gotta admit it makes you wonder. Do popular Christians ever consider whether the promotional materials people create for them show the correct amount of humility? Whether people see “Soli Deo Gloria” (glory to God alone) in the words?

“Autobahn” by Kraftwerk

I cannot believe I didn’t know about this song before today!

If you look at my last name, you’ll understand why hearing it on a replay of an old American Top 40 especially caught my attention once I saw it’s lyrics on an Amazon Echo Show.

Autobahn lyrics

“Wir fahr’n, fahr’n, fahr’n auf dear Autaboahn” 🙂

(Per Google Translate: “We drive, drive, drive on dear Autaboahn.”)

“Wake Me Up (Universal Language Mix)” by Aloe Blacc

Neat new version of a tremendous song:

Blacc’s original tweet isn’t there anymore (?)…but his follow-up one is:

And the original song…

“No Quarter” by Tangerine

I am generally not a fan of Led Zeppelin remakes, and I think it is especially hard for a female voice to pull off.

But both musically and vocally, Tangerine always pulls it off. This is premiering on YouTube as I write this:

What a Beautiful Song

What a beautiful song: “I Do” by Aloe Blacc:

Here is another version, sung with LeAnn Rimes:

BTW, the whole album, “All Love Everything,” is just amazing. I have loved Aloe Blacc’s voice since “Give Me a Dollar.” If you aren’t familiar with him, you have been totally missing out.

This album has lifted my spirits on a cold, snowy March day…

Clip: “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas

I was pretty excited when this album came in as part of yesterday’s mail:

I only new the one novelty song, but the whole album is great. I suspect the single’s massive, and longstanding, popularilty has overshadowed all his other great tracks. As for me, I may go start searching for additional releases.