Wolves At The Gate in Corinth


Wolves At The Gate played Corinth’s Crossroads Arena Friday. Had the pleasure of chatting briefly with vocalist Nick Detty, who impressed my 7-year-old with his knowledge of Minecraft after Spencer showed him his “Wolves In A Fence” creation.

Here is a brief clip. It was the Solid State band’s first Mississippi show. If they come back, I’ll definitely make the trip. High energy set left me wanting more.

RED in Corinth tonight

RED Corinth

North Mississippi doesn’t get a ton of elite rock shows. Not the case tonight. RED is bringing the REDvolution Tour to Corinth’s Crossroads Arena.

The bill also includes Capital Kings, Tedashii and Wolves At The Gate. Incredible lineup. Do not miss this. RED has an amazing live show and if you haven’t, you should go get “of Beauty and Rage”

It will be my first time seeing Capital Kings, but Wolves At The Gate is amazing as well.

And once you see Wolves At The Gate, you’ve hit merch ASAP.

Easier to promote, tougher to get paid?


This is a release from Victory Records. Interesting stuff going on between them and Spotify. Read and draw your own conclusions, but seems to me it’s getting tougher to regulate the music industry with so many trying to eat the pie.

Being a band these days may seem easier. But it may be easier to get your music out than it is to actually get paid for it.

Victory Records’ catalog of music was pulled from Spotify last night as a result of Spotify not properly paying publishing revenues due to Victory Records’ artists in blatant violation of US Copyright laws. Spotify also pulled down a very large number of albums that Victory is not the publisher for proving that their internal systems are inadequate. We asked that our catalog not be pulled, that we would amicably work with Spotify, and they haphazardly removed our content regardless. 53,000,000 streams, as per Spotify’s statements, were identified with no publishing royalties being paid by Spotify.

Late yesterday, Spotify sent over a document giving them mechanical clearance to use our music. We could not sign said document for a variety of reasons, most importantly, that it would put us in direct violation of our agreement with Audiam (www.audiam.com). Spotify knows we are in business with Audiam and were essentially asking us to breach/ignore that agreement. The issue of nonpayment for songwriters and composers is a widespread problem and not exclusive to Victory Records’ artists. We understand your frustration with not being able to listen to the music you enjoy (and most pay for via subscription).

The bottom line is that artists and songwriters are not being paid and fans of Victory’s artists cannot listen to the music.

Thank you for your support and we remain hopeful that Spotify will do the right thing.

Hostetter: Reload & Rock Tour special


TUPELO, Miss. – Children 18:3 has toured its punk rock all over. Tonight’s Reload & Rock Tour coming to Tupelo’s Ballard Park may hold a special place in drummer Seth Hostetter’s heart.

“Everyone just cares a lot about people and it’s really humble on this tour,” Hostetter said. “You don’t always see that.”

Staying on the road is tiring and can burn bands out. Hostetter said that isn’t the case on this tour that features Loftland and Decyfer Down.

“This tour is a really good group of guys,” he said. “It’s been really fun.”

In a free show, Loftland takes the stage at 6:55 p.m., followed by Children 18:3 at 7:45 and Decyfer Down at 8:30.

Children 18:3 brings Christian punk to Tupelo tonight

Photo courtesy Tooth & Nail

Photo courtesy Tooth & Nail


TUPELO, Miss. – In a Bible Belt city built on building up the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley, Children 18:3 will help you bridge the two tonight at Tupelo’s Ballard Park with the Reload & Rock Tour.

In an area where even some church workers are frightened to expose their youth to music’s most feared genre, the punk rock band’s drummer has a message.

“It’s really a matter of getting people used to the fact that we love Jesus and it’s okay to play rock,” Seth Hostetter said. “It really comes back to humility and being able to accept where people are at and understanding that the Lord can speak through anyone, even if their lifestyle or the culture or what they’re into is totally different than us.”

Hostetter said the acceptance of rock music with older Christians is no different than 30-year-olds not understanding what current 15-year-olds are into. But, he adds, the humbling part of any of it is understanding God can speak through and to anyone, maybe from an avenue you might not expect.

What you can also expect is a full production (and acclaimed) live set from Minnesota siblings Seth, David and Lee Marie Hostetter.

“We try to make it engaging and fun and loud and crazy,” Seth Hostetter said. “We try to make it entertaining visually as well as sound-wise.”

The park show isn’t a lesser show. It is a full production that also feature contemporary band Loftland with hard rock Decyfer Down closing it out.

You can expect songs from all four Children 18:3 full lengths, including from April’s new release “Come In.”

“(Choosing songs) is one of the hard decisions,” Seth Hostetter said. “You put together a show and depending of the tour or the show, you’ve got half an hour, 40 minutes or sometimes only even 20. I guess it’s not a bad problem.”

The band has 45 minutes tonight at Ballard Park, beginning at 7:45 p.m. before Decyfer Down goes on at 8:30.

Decyfer Down, Children 18:3 can impress Tupelo skeptics

Two bands are in Tupelo today ready to erase the line some draw between Christianity and rock ‘n’ roll.

The first Reaching Out Fest is scheduled for Saturday at Ballard Park. The show features Christian hard rock act Decyfer Down and Christian punk rockers Children 18:3.

Both offer open and unedited Christian messages. In 2015, there are still church workers, including younger ones, who aren’t ready to accept the genre as part of spiritual outreach.

“We’ve got a song called “Scarecrow,” talking about people in the church who kind of close the doors and kind of don’t really won’t people in there that don’t talk like them and walk like them,” Decyfer Down vocalist TJ Harris said. “It’s not about that. It’s about the heart.”

The family event is free to the public and is scheduled to begin with Wisconsin contemporary Christian band Loftland at 6:55 p.m. Children 18:3 takes the stage at 7:45, followed by Decyfer Down at 8:30.

Decyfer Down is working an an indiegogo campaign to help fund the recording of its new independent EP. The band has Billboard success, Christian Rock Chart success and a Grammy nomination.

For this Reload & Rock Tour, DD shares the stage with one of rock’s most praised live bands. Children 18:3 has released four studio albums, most recently “Come In” back in April.

The Tooth & Nail Records sibling trio has a reputation for a live show that will turn even rock skeptics into immediate fans.

“We get up and we have a really good time,” said drummer Seth Hostetter. “It’s been a really good tour. All three bands are great.”

Country star Miranda Lambert is in Tupelo today and secular rock bands play here few and far between. Saturday, Ballard Park hosts free rock ‘n’ roll with a Christian message in a town Elvis built on a genre Christians are still somewhat slow to accept.

Bands like Decyfer Down and Children 18:3 are out to change some mindsets that still think Michael W. Smith’s contemporary style is the only music with a Christian message.

“It’s about souls,” Harris said. “It’s about reaching the whole world. It’s not about just reaching a small amount of people.”