CCM Classic Blog

You Can Bet "That Ain't Hollywood" Sings Degarmo & Key: By Phillip Mayabb

In the world of Christian rock, the initials D&K are immediately recognizable. They belong to Eddie DeGarmo and Dana Key, the co-leaders of one of the genre's most popular bands from the late 70s to the mid 90s. During their career, they released 14 original band albums, 5 band compilation   read more

THE "BIG PICTURE" By Phillip Mayabb

Michael W. Smith is considered a CCM legend, and with good reason...he's earned it! After coming to Nashville in the early 80s to become a writer, Michael worked his way up the ladder, going from writer, to playing keyboards on Amy Grant's juggernaut Age To Age album and tour, t  read more

In 1983, The Band "Northbound" Did Something Very Special; by Philip Mayabb

Each week on Vinyl Revival, we try to play music that listeners will enjoy hearing, and with these blogs, I like to give readers an inside look into the albums that we feature...it's almost like telling stories about the music, if you will. Well this week, I have a story to tell you about one o  read more

From Miss Florida To CCM Sensation; Kim Boyce... By Philip Mayabb

We celebrated the month of May with five classic Christian Rock albums, and now that June is here, were going to start off the month with some music to make you want to dance. Our first album of the new month is the 1986 self-titled debut album from Kim Boyce. Kim grew up with mus  read more

Back To The Street With Rockman "John Schlitt"...By Philip Mayabb

If you are a Petra fanatic, I'm sure you will never forget 1986. The year started without long time lead vocalist Greg X. Volz, who shocked the Christian Rock world by leaving the band following the completion of the U.S. leg of the Beat The System tour. From there, everyone knows that fo  read more

From Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, To JESUS....Mylon LeFevre; By Philip Mayuabb

Most Christian rock fans instantly recognize the name Mylon LeFevre...he was the leader of Broken Heart, one of the most popular bands of the 80s, and he is a member of the Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame. Our fourth album of the May "Rock Into Summer" event on Vinyl Revival, is "Loo  read more

"The Yellow and Black Attack & Beyond: By Phillip Mayabb

1984 was a big year in the United States...in politics, president Ronald Reagan was re-elected in a major landslide that saw him win 49 of the 50 states in the country. In sports, the Olympics were held in Los Angeles, and boycotted by the Russians, while the Detroit Tigers swept the San D  read more

4 Guys With"Hearts of Fire" with a "Cutting Edge" in "Perfect Time"...By Philip Mayabb

As we continue our celebration of classic Christian rock this month, our second stop takes us to the west coast, to enjoy one of the best and most interesting recordings by one of the genre's best and most interesting artists. This week, we're returning to 1982, to listen to Cutting Edge b  read more

The Heart Beat At The Forefront of Classic CCM Music By Philip Mayabb

Great News: For the month of May, on the Vinyl Revival side; we will be playing exclusively Christian rock. In the year of our Lord 1981, the Bill Gaither Trio released a historically significant album...a double LP called "Live Across America". The album was significant for two   read more

Respect & Love To The "First Class" Boone Family

There are many things in life that are considered to be "first class"...the Boone family is one of them. Singer Pat Boone, a direct descendant of the legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone, became a legend himself as a teen idol in the mid 1950s. From 1955 to 1962, Boone racked up an astonishing   read more