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Caedmon's Call

Caedmon’s Call Bears Soul on “Long Line of Leavers” CD and Tour
By Andy Argyrakis

There was a fresh vibe that hit Caedmon’s Call in the studio when they recorded their latest endeavor “Long Line of Leavers.”  From a personal standpoint, all members were able to reflect on how they’ve matured since their inception in 1994, while band members Cliff and Danielle Young recently celebrated the birth of their first child. 

Plus, the band added a new bass player in the form of Jeff Miller, as well as the Hammond Organ prodigy Josh Moore, who’s still in high school.  Such recent events have brought Caedmon’s Call to the point between personal satisfaction and artistic excellence, two very important characteristics that have given the band more confidence and the desire to take a few musical risks. “Jeff came to us through [band members] Garett Buell and Derek Webb,” says co-vocalist and guitarist Cliff Young.  “They were all friends since high school and Jeff’s a great player that’s been able to add his style to the group.  Josh is our youngest member and I’ve known him since he was a little kid through church.  He really added a lot of spice and ideas to the record.”

The new chemistry has shown more upbeat and pop styled songs on the album, sort of showing an evolution within the group’s style.  The band has been able to gain a huge swarm of fans because of that evolving style, in addition to their honest and heartfelt lyrics.  “I think that it is a very personal record, as opposed to a theologically deep recording, like “40 Acres” was,” says Young of “Long Line of Leavers.”  The title cut talks about divorce and why people leave one another in life.  It goes deeper than that and talks about how God is always there to go back to.”

Young is also pleased with the musical direction of the project.  “We didn’t limit ourselves or force ourselves to stick within a certain genre of music,”  he says.  “In the past we had always said we were a folk band, but did not want to be categorized just as that again.  There was honestly no plan to make more rock or pop sounds, just to take each song to its fullest.  This is the first time all seven band members have contributed their different influences and ideas equally.”

Caedmon’s Call is also known for their intense touring, and such long amounts of time on the road proved to be very taxing in the past.  However, the band has approached their upcoming fall tour with renewed freshness, which also includes Sparrow Recording artist Nicole Nordeman and Five Minute Walk sophomore Justin McRoberts.  “The “40 Acres” tour was incredible and we sold out almost the entire 60 day tour,” Young recalls.  “We’re going out for 45 dates this fall, mostly to colleges, split between Christian and state schools…We prefer playing to smaller audiences, because we can make a connection with the audience and have more of an intimate feel with the audience.”

However, the group has often been criticized for lacking on stage energy.  Those comments don’t necessarily offend the band, but they do want to set the record straight with those critics.  “We are fairly intense during our songs and we just try to be ourselves,” admits Young.  “Most of us are not the type to go crazy, and a lot of people single out my wife Danielle for not moving around to much.  This is who we are and we’re here to sing and play music for you.  We’re not Riverdance.”

Although the group may not be the next Grammy or Dove Award nominated group for having the best choreography, they have earned the respect of their fan base and have been able to bring in a whole host of new followers every where they go.  “The best feeling at a concert is when we’re singing a song and the lights come on and you can tell that someone is really getting into the lyrics,” Young adds.  “You can see that the words are really reaching them, touching them, and helping them with whatever they have on their mind.  If nothing else, that’s what makes this music worth playing.”

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