David Crowder—sort of a superstar of Christian rock music—has never been to the Outer Banks before. That came out in the concert he gave at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo on Wednesday evening.
Crowder, who’s music is tends toward rock with an interesting dose of bluegrass and country thrown in, looks like something from the backwoods of the Blue Ridge Mountains. His music though, is as modern and well-performed as anything out there.
Since his lyrics are heavily Christian and religion based, it would be easy to dismiss him as just another Christian musician—and there are a lot of them. But Crowder writes arrangements for his music that transcends any one genre and is really worth a listen.
His songs seem to start with a bluegrass feel, often featuring banjo or mandolin—but they build to a full throated rock sound featuring electric guitars, classic rock bass played on a synthesizer and two drummers—although one of the drummers plays a marching band bass and a kerosene tin can.
Different, fun to listen to and a fun show and worth checking out if he comes back to the Outer Banks.
Oh . . . about not being on the Outer Banks before. He felt it would be great if all 2000 people or so at the concert could get together on the beach. Since that didn’t seem practical, he gathered his band together, brought out one microphone and did a great but simple version of “Give Me That Old Time Religion.”