This year at Cornerstone the JPUSA group decided to commemorate the music of the Jesus Freak movement of 40 yrs ago. I gotta admit that 40 years ago I was listening to Uriah Heep and Frank Zappa but all the old heads at C-stone said I GOTTA see these bands…so I did.
Servant was apparently a big deal back then but I didn’t know them. I thought Barry McGuire was a dinosaur when he played our church about 20 yrs ago. When Daniel Amos played this year all the heads were nodding like they were at a Grateful Dead show. I’m not going to rush out and buy their CDs. The E Band said they opened for Janis Joplin and B.B.King…I’ll take their word for it. Randy Stonehill did a set that was just him and his guitar. He has a great voice. I didn’t know he wrote “Shut de do'”. The Rez band then did a set and they were good…but their reunion show 2 years ago was better. Stu Heiss is an excellent guitar player…I first saw him about 10 years ago at Cornerstone doing a 2 A.M. set with The Blamed.
And then…AND THEN…Phil Keaggy was introduced. I knew this was gonna be good…he is #2 on my list of all time greatest guitar players. I have seen him several times where it is just him with a guitar and a loop machine. This time he had his band from the 70’s, Glass Harp, with him. Ahhh, it was magic. The guy still can play and he has a great voice. This one show made my trip to Cornerstone worth it this year. For those of you who don’t remember check out this video. The playing is so good I can overlook the fact that Phil is wearing a brown crocheted vest:
After Glass Harp was done I was ’70’d out so I skipped Petra and went to see Children 18:3 and Flatfoot 56.
I gotta go…