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Rhett Walker Band
7 p.m. Tuesday
The Journey at First Baptist
— Tickets are $10 for the show and are available at The Journey or Identity Graphics. For more information on the Southern Christian rock group, visit rhettwalkerband.com.
If you want energetic music with a strong message and you don’t want to wait until Sunday, The Journey at First Baptist is the place to be mid-week.
The Journey will host Christian group Rhett Walker Band (RWB) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. RWB is a Southern Christian rock ensemble from Nashville, Tenn., whose 2012 debut album “Come to the River” launched successful singles of the title track and the Grammy-nominated “When Mercy Found Me.”
The Craig Daily Press discussed with vocalist and co-lyricist Rhett Walker what they will bring to their performance in Northwest Colorado.
CDP: What is one thing about your music that you feel people of faith most will enjoy?
RW: I think we write music for all people no matter what your faith is in. No matter what you're going through. We all have faith in something because you look around at what is happening in the world today, and everyone is searching for something better. We've found that the something better is Jesus. So we make music about faith, family and country.
CDP: As a Christian group, what all genres and sounds do you encompass?
RW: We just write. We don't think about genre, or certain sounds. We do pull from influences, but the biggest influence we pull from is just being on the road, meeting people and just being guys from the South.
CDP: What kind of influences, musical or otherwise, have made you the group you are now?
RW: We grew up listening to bands like (Lynyrd) Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Soundgarden and The Wallflowers. I was always attracted to these kinds of bands cause they wore their heart on their sleeve and just made music and sang about life experiences. That's what we try to do.
CDP: Is the biblical symbolism of songs like "Come to the River" and “When Mercy Found Me” present in all your songs?
RW: Yes and no. We are guys that believe that scripture is the word of God, so that just seeps into our lyrics. But we are all married and I have three kids, so we take those things and tie together faith and family. So sometimes it's more present than in other songs.
CDP: Give us some examples of how people have been affected by the band's message.
RW: We've heard from people who have changed their lives around, used our music as motivation to try to do good in this world. We write music in hopes that people will break out of the mold they are in and try to live life simply and for a better purpose.
CDP: What can the people of Craig expect Tuesday night?
RW: One big party.
—Interview by Andy Bockelman