[img_assist|nid=683|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=250|height=166]Greetings inReview readers, this is Luke S., guest reporter and photographer for the 2008 Gospel Music Week in Nashville, Tenn. InReview veteran and music junkie extraordinaire Kim is with me in Nashville and we are working together to bring you a different approach to the GMA's.
This being my first GMA experience, I had no idea what I was in for. In my first few hours in "Music City" I had witnessed the likes of David Crowder, MXPX's Mike Ferrara, new friends from Tooth and Nail band "Ruth", and countless other aspiring gospel music artists. I must admit it is a bit overwhelming the first time one walks into the lobby of the Nashville Renaissance Hotel. Spread out across the hotel and convention center are booths from nearly every major CCM Market radio station, as well as publicity agencies, touring companies, publishers, and record labels. It is truly a sight to behold.
Some artist interviews that Kim conducted today with bands like Sanctus Real, to name one, will be up for viewing shortly. Most of my day consisted of preparing for the "Music Builds Tour" showcase at the historic Wildhorse Saloon in the heart of downtown Nashville. On the bill was Jars of Clay, Switchfoot, and the ever popular Third Day. Robert Randolph and the Family Band were scheduled to make an appearance but canceled last minute. This fall's tour is benefiting Habitat for Humanity and will featured the four previously mentioned bands as well as some surprise guests on the tour's side stage.
More than 2,000 fans and GMA workers crammed into the venue for a memorable night of music. Jars of Clay opened the night by gracing the audience with their familiar upbeat hits. As the warm up act for the night, Jars of Clay did just that, effectively wetting the audience's appetites for more. A few minutes after the end of "Jars'" set, Switchfoot took the stage to the tune of Led Zeppelin's rock classic "When the Levee Breaks." The San Diego rockers pulled out all the stops and frequently included the audience in their performance. Perhaps the most memorable occurance of the night was when Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman ventured out into the crowd during "On Fire" to sing with his fans. Another special treat for the audience was the sampling of "The 'Foot's" new song for the Narnia movie "Prince Caspian." The song is entitled "This is Home" and will be performed live at the Dove Awards Wednesday night. After Switchfoot's rousing set, Third Day took the stage and marched through a setlist of old and new hits, pleasing both young and old Third Day fans alike.
Stay Tuned for more updates and artist interviews tomorrow!