May 28, 2008

Cover Songs?

we're excited to play the Mainstreet Crossing venue tomorrow in north Houston (Tomball).
If you're close, come see us.
If you're not, call a friend who is - and send them our way.
The Show begins at 7pm with Gatlin Elms opening up.
Tickets are $5 at the door and show is in partnership with Compassion International.

So, as promised, no matter if you're coming to the show or not - please give us some insight on what cover song you'd most like to hear RSB attempt to play.

Here are the nominees:

Billy Joel - Movin Out

Travis - Writing to Meet You

Beatles - Hello Goodbye

Jon Foreman - Your Love is Strong

Wallflowers - One Headlight

Willie nelson - Pancho & Lefty

California Stars - Wilco

Johnny Cash - Give my Love to Rose

Travis - Sing

cast your vote.
what do you think?

May 22, 2008


Please pray with us for our friend & label mate Stephen Curtis Chapman and his family.
His youngest daughter Maria passed away last night after a tragic accident at the family home in Tennessee. Maria was 5 years old.
This is a tragic accident that has happened to such loving people.

visit to offer prayers and read more about Maria and the family.

Our love and support are with them today.


May 21, 2008

Computer Injury?

Yeah, that's correct.
I think i may have a computer injury.
Not a football injury.
Not a mountain climbing or running injury.
Nothing even remotely cool and adventurous.
Not even a surfing or boogie boarding injury from saturday's time in the Pacific.

No, the typing seems to have gotten the best of me.
Its my right shoulder and hurts and for those of you who don't know - pain and me are a volatile combination. I'm, what some call on the street, a wuss.

Am I alone in my wimp state here?
Anybody else ever felt like typing or something completely non contact has caused them bodily harm?

please, anybody?

May 17, 2008


RSB made its way to southern California this week and I promise you all that the weather is horrible, the ocean water is cold, the food stinks & we're having a horrible time.

Okay, none of that is true but that's what we're telling my wife, who i owe a trip to California soon.

It's an amazing weekend to be here and we had such a great show with our friend Josh & the boys of Telecast, as well as the fine folks of Menifee,Ca last night. Thanks to everybody who joined us.

Some other highlights thus far, you're asking?
Why yes .. slideshow, please!

Jerry and Ryan, upon arrival at San Diego International Airport, are seen here with a $10 donation from a fellow passenger who was arriving back home. We don't normally receive monetary donations after departing a plane but a man who overheard us talking about music and God knows what, walked up and handed us cash.
And we thought Texas was generous. San Diego - supporting the arts!

Need I say more? When in California, it's a must stop for any burger loving American. (Ryan looks stunned in the presence of such culinary greatness)

Our friends at Taylor Guitars invited us over to El Cajon to tour the factory and get some work done on my guitar. If you're ever near San Diego, you HAVE to call Taylor and check on getting a tour (i believe its fridays only).
It's amazing how much detail goes into making these guitars. I love my acoustics and to see how they come to life is really cool.
Thanks to Robin, Bob B. and the whole crew for making us feel at home.

Obviously, there are guitars and guitar shells everywhere in the factory.

Here is my guitar getting worked on in the Taylor repair shop. ( they had the guitar taken apart in minutes..crazy to see!)

These huge machines are a part of the production process. It felt like Mr. Rogers factory tours. (remember those?) Here, the machine is sanding and grooving the necks to create frets...or something :)

Taylor Guitars - amazing.
Taylor jean jackets in their gift shop - be the judge.
(That's my best magnum)

So here's my question for you:
What should we do in San Diego with some free time?
Is there one place you've been in this city that is a must stop for us?
Help some Texas fools out.


May 13, 2008


I love lists.
Top restaurants, favorite cities, top movies..whatever.

So i couldn't resist a posting of some of my favorite songs from the last few weeks.
I don't often have loads of free time to sit with entire albums anymore. My record label won't like to hear it, but I really enjoy buying singles. I'm the target market for iTunes, i guess.
This usually results in purchasing songs that I love and listening them into the ground.

Now, I should stop and clarify that my favorite song of all time is FLY ME TO THE MOON by Frank Sinatra. I also enjoy the version by Astrud Gilberto but this list will be narrowed to songs that i've been wearing out on my ipod recently.

so, here we go:

this is one of the best songs i've ever heard - the more i listen, i love it even more. Am I alone? Do you like the new single?

An amazing song from a friend of mine. Eliot and I were both in a contest at a local club in Houston 10 years ago, both of us broke and hoping to win $500 (i won a stereo,i think :) neither of us knowing if music would be our future. Eliot went on to sign with Universal and has toured with Counting Crows and others and become a wonderful songwriter. Check his music out at

i first heard this song in a subpar chick flick but the melody is addicting and we immediately searched for it on iTunes. His voice is haunting on this track.

Come on, its Travis. Great song from my favorite band.

Of all the Patty Griffin songs that i've loved over the years, this one still makes me cry like a baby. Nobody has a voice like Patty Griffin.

I've been such a huge fan of the seasonal ep's and this song stands out as a favorite.

I tried to pretend that John Mayer was not a genius because sometimes he makes funny faces when he sings and i found him a bit annoying early in his career. And then he released Continuum and I think its one of the best albums in decades. Simple in production and thougtful (for the most part) in lyric.

I'm such a fan of their music and this song is one of my favorite songs ever from DCB.

I'm out of town this week and Radiohead is playing in my hometown. A moment of silence, please.

Hearing these guys sing never gets old. This is a great song of worship.

your turn.
Tell me a few songs that you've got on repeat.
I need some new tunes.

May 9, 2008

Peace to the People

Good Friday to you all.
Yes, the above picture is my PEACE TO THE PEOPLE image that is sure to bring you great comfort and serenity.
My friend Zach sent me the picture and i thought it was humorous, especially seeing my friend Brandon Heath look on in agreement (look closely).

So that explains what's above.
Below, you ask?

This is an interview with the well known blogger, Kat ( and i thought i'd share with the tens of you who stumble upon my ramblings and can't click away fast enough.
(*and no, this is not me interviewing myself, but the mere thought of it just now makes me wonder at the possibilities)

so here we go:

--- What inspired the theme of Give Yourself Away? ---

First off, thanks for the invite to your blog kingdom.
Your reputation precedes this written exchange as one who is loved by thousands if not dozens of readers everywhere - and my wife likes you which carries value far beyond monetary measure.
Give Yourself Away was supposed to be my album, with my songs and my vision. God told me to screw off, in a Godly way of course, and He began to cross my path repeatedly with those in great need in situations where i couldn't turn my back and pretend all was well in happy land.
My life, my church and the music we were writing couldn't escape the grasp of mission and the idea that Jesus calls us all to something bigger than just prosperity and peace.
The storms of poverty and illness is waiting for Jesus followers to drive in and take up residence under dark clouds of sacrifice and little reward - and those basic premises of faith became the foundation for the new album.

--- Based on the theme of the album (and many of your wife's blog posts - one of which really resonated with me - was titled How Can We Not Move?), there's seems to be a lot of passion in your family for those in need. How has that affected the way you live and your daily perspective? ---

Well, I'm still a selfish pig, if that's what you're asking.
I wish it weren't true.
I'm still fuming this morning as my skim milk latte was not to my liking and i considered sharing my deep frustration with the barista. Luckily I was rescued from myself in such a weak moment by Kanye West.
"i've never heard Kanye playing in a coffee shop," i blurted aloud to no one in particular, though the unqualified young barista stared back with eternal blankness.
Kanye rarely leads to moral victories or even anger restraint in any scenario, however the unique combination of coffee and "Stronger" gave me reason to laugh aloud and recognize what a idiot I was becoming over a latte.

Truthfully, what has surfaced is a new tension in our lives - the collision of what is comfortable & self serving and what is giving & selfless.
Jesus has a call on each of our lives not to fill our pockets or fill our cups with lattes. Rather the call pulls us to the poor, the broken and requires us to extend the grace that has been life changing in our own lives.

If i wake up on days without that tension, i'm useless. I love reading about Peter. He embodied this tension in scripture and it seemed to follow him until his last days. He was a mess, much like myself, but on that struggle and ensuing honesty inside of an imperfect man, God built the church. So, maybe there's hope for strugglers like me.

--- What's the song behind the story for New Day? ---

The song was supposed to be my token pop song.
I went to an Nsync concert a few years back..there, you have it. my musical influence confession of the day. That's been weighing on me and now its finally in the open. (the ticket was free from a friend, if that makes it anymore digestable for your readers)

I saw girls waving their cell phones in the air like they just don't care -- I thought to myself, "I gotta do that".
So a few months later I began writing New Day but it really turned into a song for Liz and our life together thus far.
We used to dance in the kitchen, not very well i might add, in her parents home growing up.
I think her Dad thought that keeping us in the kitchen was better than us making out on the couch. True enough.
Its really a song about hope and though the world seems to be such a mess these last few years, love is strong and i'm thankful to have people in my life to share it with.
I've been thrilled about the response to the song thus far.

Oh, and its about coffee..we love coffee!

--- How do you manage your roles as a touring artist, a worship leader at your church, Ecclesia, as well as a husband and a father of 3? ---

It's hard.
That balance is always out of balance it seems.
Somebody usually suffers from most of the decisions I have to make in how i spend my time and energy.
The gift to me is that our church community is so giving and supportive of what we do.
My kids have come to know this life as normal, though i drive through the nights to get back to them - and time away from them is my greatest wrestle within.
Liz puts up with so much crap from me and my schedule, i owe her a thousand vacations to tropical places, with umbrellas drinks.
I truly never thought I'd ever be this busy in my lifetime, but I love every minute of it and I've been extended mountains of grace from everyone in my life to do this.

--- What artists are you listening to? Any indie artists you recommend? ---

Gatlin Elms will be a household name one day.
I just produced his album with him and he's fantastic.
Look for his album "Oceans & Stars" on iTunes.

One of my favorite singers just did an album with me, Jill Paquette. It was such a thrill to produce music alongside such a talented musician. I haven't heard a release date yet but hoping its soon. She's amazing!

I really enjoy Chris Taylor's new album as well. He's a new artist on BEC and is a great young songwriter.

Of course when I"m driving, I listen to a lot of music -- usually Jon Foreman, Amos Lee, Patty Griffin, John Mayer & Elliot Morris.

--- If you weren't a musician what kind of career would you have? ---

quit laughing.
When the CIA comes looking for a college dropout musician with no espionage experience or skill -- I'm their man and I'll get my spy on 24/7.

--- What are your hobbies outside of music? ---

My days are full so I usually spend free time hanging with my 3 crazy punk kids and my much smarter, wiser, and all around better human of a wife - Liz. We watch The Office and eat Tex-Mex.
I love Astros baseball games, the beach & George Clooney movies (does that make me a wuss? my wife says its a man crush..)

--- If you were a Major League Baseball Player, what would your at-bat song be and who would you play for? ---

uh, the Astros..hello! :)

I would be baseball's first reincarnated player, returning as a modern day Craig Biggio.

At bat song?
It would have to alternate between -- 'Fly Me to the Moon' by Frank Sinatra (this is my favorite song of all time, btw - it would be so out of place, the pitcher would be distracted, throw me a 90mph fastball down the middle and the rest would be Astros history)

Also, 'Get Up' by James Brown -- i love this song.

Have a great weekend.

May 4, 2008

Gatlin Elms

This kid is good.
really good. (said with a nacho libre accent, at least in my tormented head)

If you haven't heard his music, take a few minutes to visit his website ( or on iTunes under Gatlin Elms Band.

I had the joy of working on this project with him and i'm excited to see folks encounter his music.

I hope you all have a great Monday.

May 2, 2008

the streak continues!

Yeah..That's right!!

That's 82 tickets pouring out of the hi-ball game machine at Sir Chuck E Cheese's.

The luck continues on from the bowling alley to the game room and if i were you, I'd run to the nearest music store and buy my cd. Surely such proximity to my music could bring great fortune to you as well.

Btw, anybody interested in going into business where we serve subpar pizza to kids for outrageous prices, provide outdated gaming for a quarter a pop, use entertainment videos that were edited on a home mac and make a bundle of cash?

lets do it.
That Mr. Cheese is a shrewd business man.

Hope you all have a great weekend.
Cheers -