Outlaw Gone Good and Rick Cua Playlist for SnT Radio.com Spotlight – Saturday, October 1, 2011

Outlaw gone good? Ever hear the song “Ghost Riders in the Sky”? It was featured in film Blues Brothers 2000. It’s been around for a long while in the Country genre with roots in what used to be know as Western as in Country & Western.
It was recorded again in 1975 on the debut album by a group of “southern rockers” from Tampa, FL called The Outlaws. The song gained Rock radio airplay and The Outlaws career was launched. Two years after he became a Christian in 1977, Syracuse NY based musician Rick Cua joined the Outlaws. He sang and played bass on two albums before they disbanded in 1982. At some point before the Outlaws break up, Rick was introduced to the Christian Music scene by former Paul McCartney & Wings drummer, Joe English. Rick’s debut Koo-Ah (the pronunciation of his last name) on Refuge Records featured many general market guest musicians from bands like Wet Willie, The Outlaws plus independents like Joe English and Robbie Dupree, who charted a top 10 hit of his own in 1980. In fact, Dupree and Marty McCall (of Fireworks and later First Call) did background vocals on Cua’s single “Fly Me To Heaven” which was released to the general market. All this was very cool stuff for 1981 – 1982. The radio spot that Refuge Records produced to introduce Rick Cua used the theme “Outlaw gone good”, complete with pistol shoots and ricochet sound effects straight out of a good Western TV show or movie.

I first met Rick Cua around a single day outdoor festival event in suburban Chicago that a few hundred people attended called the Harvest Rockfest. In the lineup was Prodigal, Fireworks, Rick Cua (who had guitarist Dave Perkins in the backing band with him that day – and turned many heads with his awesome slide guitar work), Denny Correll and DeGarmo & Key playing from 1pm until about 11pm when the authorities told us to stop. There is a lot more to share about how the Lord used that humble event to His glory but that is for another blog. For someone who hung around the southern rock and stadium scene with the likes of The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynryd, Rick Cua was remarkably well grounded and down-to-earth. I might offer my two cent opinion that his bass playing style and sound is distinctive. Certainly not your garden variety rock bass playing (think KISS). He’s the only bass player I’ve ever seen headline solo without a band in concert and pull it off with just backing tracks. That is really quite a feat of showmanship and performance.

Over the years, Rick turned down offers to play in other touring bands like Spyro Gyra in 1983 and a re-formed Outlaws lineup in 1986 since he became known for his Christian Music. His wife and daughters have helped — I know he credits his wife Diana for some of the beautiful love songs he writes and a song each is dedicated to his two daughters on Within Reach. Listen for “Diamond Girl” and “Fifteen” this Saturday. Included are some unique cuts from Like A Cool Drink, his project with the Ah-Koo-Stiks and a clever word play on his name even if he hasn’t become a household one. But after nearly 30 years of music ministry on the run (so to speak), Rick Cua has lived up to the moniker, “Outlaw gone good.”

Rick Cua

1. Fly Me to Heaven from Koo-Ah

2. You Can Still Rock ‘n’Roll from Koo-Ah

3. He Lives In Me from No Mystery

4. One Way Out from No Mystery

5. Changed from No Mystery

6. Help Me Out from No Mystery

7. Don’t Say Suicide from You’re My Road

8. Wear Your Colors from Wear Your Colors

9. Forever Yours from Can’t Stand Too Tall

10. We Are All The Same from Can’t Stand Too Tall

11. For The Love of God from Can’t Stand Too Tall

12. I’ll Be Satisfied from Midnight Sun

13. Young Boy, Young Girl from Midnight Sun

14. Heaven Won’t Stop The Rain from Within Reach

15. Message of Love from Within Reach

16. Fifteen from Within Reach

17. Diamond Girl from Within Reach

18. Dedicated from Midnight Sun

19, What If from The Way Love Is

20. Itala Americano from Times Ten

21. Bull By The Horns from Times Ten

22. Jesus Changes Everything from Like A Cool Drink

23. Gotta Have Heart from Like A Cool Drink

24. Bad Things Good People from Like A Cool Drink

SnT Radio.com will play one song approximately every hour from this list beginning at 12:00am EST Saturday, October 1, 2011.

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James Burkhardt
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Flooded out and the SnT Radio Farrell & Farrell Playlist for Saturday, September 24, 2011.

Flooded out. That’s what happened to Bob & Jayne Farrell in the Nashville flood May 1 and 2, 2010 which devastated parts of Davidson county Tennessee which includes Nashville. They lost nearly everything they had. A group of musician friends whom you might recognize put on a benefit concert and helped them raise money to cover their losses. We even ran some direct appeals for gifts on SnT Radio.com.   Here’s a press release taken from the Kawai website.

Nashville, TN • September, 2010– Many people from all walks of life were adversely affected by the historic springtime flood this year in Nashville, TN. Legendary Christian music songwriters and Kawai artists Bob and Jayne Farrell were among those hardest hit. Over five feet of flood waters inundated their home and studio, wiping out virtually everything in its path.Among the items lost was the Farrell’s prized white Kawai grand piano which they had owned since the 1970’s. Many of the Farrell’s award-winning songs were penned on that very instrument and its loss was particularly heart-breaking to the duo. Amy Grant
On July 28th, a team of prominent musicians, including Amy Grant, came together in a benefit concert for the Farrells. Kawai Artist and inspirational speaker, Kim Deardorff, offered words of support on behalf of Kawai America and its local dealer, Shuffs Music. In cooperation with benefit concert committee, Kawai and Shuffs announced plans help the Farrells to acquire a new instrument once they return to their home and studio.“The benefit concert was a tremendous success”, stated prominent Nashville songwriter and committee member Deby Dearman. “We are very proud of how our community of musicians, singers and songwriters has reached out to assist and support the Farrells in their time of great need. We are also very appreciative of the efforts of Kawai and Shuffs Music in helping the Farrells ultimately replace their prized Kawai grand piano.” Persons interested in making donations or providing other assistance are urged to visit the official “Save Farrell and Farrell” page on Facebook.Click here to view a video of the destruction and recovery process.
About Farrell and Farrell…
The husband and wife duo of Farrell and Farrell recorded albums from 1977 to 1991, and was a pioneering force in the emerging Contemporary Christian music genre. Their music ministry took them all over the world, including several trips behind the Iron Curtain. After retiring from touring, Bob Farrell turned to songwriting full time and has penned music for many prominent Christian and Pop music artists including Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant and Sandi Patty. For more information, visit www.farrellandfarrell.com.
Bob & Jayne Farrell

Many will testify that Bob & Jayne Farrell are two of the nicest and down-to-earth music industry people alive. Let me give you just one example. Back in the mid-80’s the FM radio station I managed WCRM 103.9 was contemplating a increase of power and tower height application to the FCC. It was a bit of a long shot but we wanted to try. The goal was to reach into the downtown and northside Chicago city limits from a far Northwestern suburb of Dundee, IL with a stronger broadcast signal. This was an expensive gamble at best so we were very careful about jumping in and risking funds that might be otherwise directed to help orphans with food and shelter as well as hospital missions in India where AMG International (the parent organization) had works. As a general rule, all the stations profits were earmarked into such mission works. Of all the artists and bands WCRM played, promoted and helped sell records for, ONLY Bob and Jayne Farrell offered to help WCRM in their efforts by volunteering to play in a benefit concert if we chose to have one or help us in any way they could. An event like that was being considered because a lot of people wanted to hear the station that couldn’t due to signal problems. Many let us know they would come to a concert where the net receipts might help improve their ability to hear WCRM’s music programming. The Farrell’s generous gesture made quite a lasting impression on me.

Like the other power couples: Sanctus Real, Michael & Stormie Omartian, and Seawind’s Bob & Pauline Wilson; Jayne’s voice brings life to Bob’s songs in a very ear pleasing fashion. From power pop to techno punk to angelic Praise, Jayne Farrell delivers. As a songwriter, Bob is simply one of the very best. Both his sensitive lyrics and his melodies are usually extremely well crafted. Those songwriting skills have aged over the years like a fine vintage wine. Songs like He Reigns and Heart for the Homeless are two prime examples of musical elegance and masterful excellence. Plus, Bob knows how to create a catchy pop phrase that just won’t leave your mind without a sheriff’s escort at a forced eviction. I once wrote in a record review for Christian Retailer and Christian Life (now Charisma) Magazine the “the opening riff to Let The Whole World Know is one of the most catchy hooks ever recorded in Contemporary Christian Music.” I still stand by that statement today some 27 years later. It is just plain infectious. Listen for it on Saturday and enjoy!


1. People in a Box from Jump To Conclusions

2. Get Right or Get Left from Choices

3. Hosanna Gloria from Choices

4. Manifesto from Manifesto

5. People All Over The World from Manifesto

6. Heart of the Homeless from Superpower

7. Eternity In Their Hearts from Superpower

8. It’s Gonna Take Love from Superpower

9. Make Me Ready from Make Me Ready

10. To Know That I’m Loved By You from Make Me Ready

11. American Man from Jump To Conclusions

12. The Meek & the Mighty from Jump To Conclusions

13. Boundless Love (live) from Let The Whole World Know

14. Jailhouse Rock (live) from Let The Whole World Know

15. Let The Whole World Know (live) from Let The Whole World Know

16. Fallen from A Portrait of Us All

17. All You Need from A Portrait of Us All

18. Earthmaker from Farrell & Farrell

19. Livesaver from Farrell & Farrell

20. Homesick Soldier from Farrell & Farrell

21. Adoption from Farrell & Farrell

22. He Reigns from Choices

23. Old Friends from Make Me Ready

24. All You Need (live) from Let The Whole World Know

SnT Radio.com will play one song approximately every hour from this list beginning at 12:00am EST Saturday, September 24, 2011.

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James Burkhardt
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Righting a wrong and the SnT Spotlight David Meece playlist for Saturday, September 17, 2011.

Excuse me as I gush a bit but I have to right a gregarious wrong. David Meece is one of the most talented Christian Music artists, ever.

Here’s why I can make that bold statement even if he has not sold more albums than anyone else. He began as a child prodigy in Humble TX playing piano with Symphony Orchestras as early as age 10. He conducted at 14.
That is absolutely amazing!!! Too bad YouTube was not around then as we all would’ve been blessed to witness something as rare as that. In his early teens he performed a concert which was conducted by Andre Previn who in the classical world at the time was bested only by Leonard Bernstein. Then he studied at the prestigeous Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore MD on a full scholarship. For a classical musician that is at the very top end of the training one can get.

His records always had great players on them. Whether you liked the classical infused pop and Bee Gees influence of his early work or not, the fact remains Meece knows a fine way to treat a Steinway. As a Christian Bookstore Manager back in the mid 70’s, I chuckle at remembering the impact his first few albums had on the early consumers of Contemporary Christian Music. It was visceral and polarizing. Most Jesus Freaks did not think he was rocky enough. Ironic because most mainstream Churches thought that “Jesus Music” was too rocky and evil. Too poppy for their taste. Too make matters worse, teeny boppers (middle school age kids) adored him. That kind of thing could really seal one’s artistic fate, especially if you’re classically trained — that’s a whole universe away from rock and blues. Jazz is closer but only because it breaks the rules Classic music hols so dear. Hey, you’ve got to know the rules before you can break’em right. Only if you saw him live in concert did one gain insight into how good he really was. I know. I saw him play back in his early days. I also saw Duke Ellington play solo piano. Yep, Meece is that good and more importantly, musically unique. You hear his voice and you know its him. He has been somewhat fairly compared to Barry Manilow — a big mid 70’s and 80’s Mainstream pop star with classical music influences in his biggest radio hits.

David Meece can certainly write, sing, and play the piano . His three octave vocal range is the stuff of great singers like Ella Fitzgerald . Listen for “Never Gonna Serve Anyone Else But You” recorded live. He goes 3 octaves seemingly in a single breath, “drive a new car. eat caviar. Did I mention live? Oh yeah, yeah, yeah – the Beatles did that a lot too in their early days. They’d also shake their mop tops at the same time and drive the audience crazy. They started out appealing to teeny boppers, too. not that I would ever admit to being a teeny bopper.

Enjoy the playlist on Saturday and please, give David Meece the respect he so richly deserves. He used his enormous talent for the Body of Christ when he easily could’ve made other choices. His website is http://www.davidmeece.com


1. I’ll Sing This Song For You from David

2. Come Home America from David

3. Everybody Needs A Little Help from Everybody Needs A Little Help

4. Never Gonna Serve Anyone Else But You from Everybody Needs A Little Help

5. Are You Ready fro Are You Ready

6. Mother, Muffler, Mozart and the Beatles from Front Row

7. Rattle Me, Shake Me from Front Row

8. Making My Life Brand New from Count the Cost

9. Gloria from Count the Cost

10. And You Know Its Right from Count the Cost

11. You Can Go from Seven

12. We Can Overcome It All from Seven

13. Forgiven from Seven

14. Follow You from I Just Call On You

15. Jesus from Front Row

16. Come That Day from Chronolgy

17. All God’s Creation from Candle in the Rain

18. Amor Conquista Todo from Candle in the Rain

19. To Know Him from Learning To Trust

20. The Man with the Nail Scars from Learning to Trust

21. Over You from Once in a Lifetime

22. Inside Out from Once in a Lifetime

23. Candle In The Rain from Candle in the Rain

24. One Small Child from Odessey

SnT Radio.com will play one song approximately every hour from this list beginning at 12:00am EST Saturday, September 10, 2011.

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James Burkhardt
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SnT Radio.com Playlist for Saturday Spotlight 9/10/2011 Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith has made one of the biggest contributions to Contemporary Christian Music ever in a career that began in 1982. It was a seminal song called “Great Is The Lord“. What??? I know you were probably expecting to see “Friends” or the Billboard Top 5 crossover “Place in This World“. Ok. Take a breath. Here is my reasoning. The roots of Contemporary or what is also called Modern Worship can be traced back to this song. Like the power chords. The straight ahead worshipful encouragement. Mr. Smith may not even recognize it and I’m sure he would not claim credit for it either because he is truly a humble soul from West Virginia. Once I had the honor of standing in line with Michael W. and his lovely wife Debbie for a buffet after the 1983 Dove Awards in Nashville and chatting amicably. Then I somewhat enthusiastically encouraged him to keep writing Praise songs just like “Great Is The Lord” which coming from a Radio Station Manager and not a record executive probably was not my place. But I am just as excited by honest from the heart Heavenly directed praise & worship now as I was then. As I recall, he just kinda nodded and moved away from me as politely as possible. But both of His Worship Projects and the Christmas ones are as pure worship & praise as there is coming from anywhere including IHOP or Hillsong.

This list pays particular attention to two of his most fruitful albums, Go West Young Man and I’ll Lead You Home. Both spawned 5 charting songs on Christian Radio and those all made the playlist. Also, back in the day do you remember listening to the radio hearing the name of your town whispered at the end of Rocketown? It came within the last 20 seconds of the song. I know we played a special one that mentioned “Chicago” on WCRM and WCFL when I was there. I think there were maybe 10 or 12 special radio edits by market hand delivered by Reunion Records. If you lived in the broadcast area and listened to one of those stations, please share the call letters and city in the comments section. That was a very special thing that Michael W. did in the studio to personalize the listening experience for his fans in those places. I cannot recall any other artist reaching out quite like that on record. I’m sure it was unnoticed at the time except for the radio jocks but I wanted to point this out and hopefully jog your memory. If you like the SnTRadioBlog, please subscribe to it at the top right corner. Here’s the Michael W. Smith playlist. Enjoy!


1. Rocketown from The Big Picture

2. Hosanna from Michael W. Smith 2

3. I Am Sure from Michael W. Smith 2

4. Friends from Michael W. Smith Project and Change Your World (both versions)

5. Thy Word from Freedom

6. Somebody Love Me from Change Your World

7. Give It Away from Change Your World

8. Great Is The Lord from Michael W. Smith Project and Devotions (both versions)

9. The Throne from Devotions

10. Agnus Dei from Go West Young Man and Devotions (both versions)

11. For You from Go West Young Man

12. Go West Young Man from Go West Young Man

13. Seed To Sow from Go West Young Man

14. Love Crusade from Go West Young Man

15. Place In This World from Go West Young Man

16. How Long Will Be too Long from Go West Young Man

17. I’ll Lead You Home from I’ll Lead You Home

18. Breakdown from I’ll Lead You Home

19. A Little Stronger Ever from I’ll Lead You Home

20. I’ll Be Around from I’ll Lead You Home

21. Cry For Love from I’ll Lead You Home

SnT Radio.com will play one song approximately every hour from this list beginning at 12:00am EST Saturday, September 10, 2011.

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James Burkhardt
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The Robert List as streamed live Saturday September 3, 2011Noon to 1:20pm EST on SnT Radio.com

Here is the actual running order of songlist chosen by Robert Keith, who is in a hospice with stage 4 cancer. I know he enjoyed it and as of this post hundreds from all over the globe have read the Hello, Goodbye and We’ll Meet Again Robert blog post because of the internet. Thank you for sharing, praying, and continuing to pray for Robert and his family. I received word Sunday afternoon from Robert’s wife that she and her son were both laid off from their jobs this Labor Day weekend, so their burden has increased significantly. Many thanks in advance for your response to this “call to prayer”!!!!


1. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? by Larry Norman

2. For the Sake of the Call by Steven Curtis Chapman

3. Strong Tower by Kutlass

4. More Power To Ya by Petra

5. Love Broke Thru by Phil Keaggy

6. Three Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis

7. Beyond Belief by Petra

8. Love Takes Time by Bryan Duncan

9. Ancient of Days by Bob Ayala

10. Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech

11. He Reigns by Newsboys

12. He’s Alive by Don Francisco

13. There Is A River by The Gaithers

14. Easter Song by 2nd Chapter of Acts

15. Shine by Newsboys

16. Grave Robber by Petra

17. Destined To Win by DeGarmo & Key

18.Awesome God by Rich Mullins

19. Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crown

James Burkhardt
SnT Radio.com

Hello, Goodbye and We’ll Meet Again Robert.

One of the characteristics I like most about music is that it has the wonderful quality to bring people together. Maybe its the melody or the lyrics but human relationships do become possible through musical connections. Plus, there’s the spiritual aspect of music where listening becomes a transforming experience drawing one closer to the Creator and maker of our hearts.

This Saturday, September 3rd at Noon something special will occur… music streamed over the internet will bring a fellow human being confronting his mortality in a hospice care some joy because he’s picked all his favorite songs. And he’s a complete stranger to me as we’ve never physically met but we know each other through the music.

Do I have your attention now?

I have been given a list of Robert Keith’s favorite Contemporary Christian and Gospel songs. And I will play as many as I can just for him beginning at Noon EST this Saturday on SnT Radio.com. http://www.sntradio.com.

You would too if you could… if for no other reason than to show love, compassion, and mercy to one in need. My reason is this is a prime opportunity for a call to prayer. The most effective prayer is a completely unselfish prayer. It is called” intercession”. Intercession is also fairly easy to do… pray for someone other than yourself. Pray for something outside what you want or need. In essence that is what an intercessor does. Won’t you try it this Saturday and pray?

Pray for Robert Keith and his family at this time. They need your prayers. This kind of transition is inevitable for all of us. We all will be in that place where he finds himself one day. So as you pray for Robert, remember to pray your loved ones, too.

You see, behind the scenes at SnT Radio is a special group of people I affectionately call the SnT Prayer Force. Robert’s wife is one of those very special persons who has agreed to pray for me and SnT Radio. No questions asked. Just devotion to prayer when requested. So here’s my chance to return the favor in kind.

I have long held the belief that “nothing happens until somebody prays“. Prayer does change things. If we all pray for Robert Keith between Noon and 2pm on Saturday, September 3, 2011 I know something special will happen as we listen to his favorite music. We will experience unity. Unity of spirit. Unity of mind. Unity of purpose. The world will know we are Christians by our love. Here’s a practical way to demonstrate that.

That’s right, we will “get together”. Pretty cool, huh? From our lips to God’s ear in Heaven’s throne room.

So let’s not keep this to ourselves… please share this blog with all your friends on Facebook and Twitter. For Robert’s sake, I hope this goes viral.

Please leave a thought for Robert and the family in the comments area below. I’ll make sure they receive them.

So Hello, Goodbye and We’ll Meet Again Robert. God bless you brother. I am fervently praying for you.

James Burkhardt
SnT Radio.com