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Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:05 am
by nardMuffin
So Point of Grace just won an inspirational country music award. I don't know how much that counts to either format - Christian or country. I think it lands somewhere in a no man's land between both. Just like Point of Grace. Are they really doing it, making it in country? Can they still have a hit in Christian? What's their deal?

Re: Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:22 pm
by BasketCrunch
I know they tried releasing a couple of songs to Country radio, but I don't think they ever got any traction with them. I just can't picture them as Country artists. They have been such a staple in Christian music for so long.

I feel like people think all you have to do these days is just add fiddle or steel guitar to a song and it automatically makes it Country. Anyone and everything thinks they can just come over to our format. At least POG's music isn't crappy like some of these other Country wannabes.

Re: Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:19 pm
by jaqchapman
People who know me know that I'm not a fan of Country music. Personal choice, whatever. So, I haven't really paid too much attention to POG in the Country world other than the ICM awards and their appearances on the Opry. Basketcrunch, do you happen to know how Opry appearances work? Do artists need a certain level of success for the Opry or do they need a connection? And I liked your comment on just adding steel guitar doesn't make you country. :)

Re: Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:24 pm
by lawPro
POG was or is on tour with Mark Schultz. Anyone know what their set list consists of? Christian or country or both?

Re: Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:34 am
by jaqchapman
The Point of Grace version of Cindy Morgan's "King of the World" (I think that's the right title) just won the Country/Bluegrass award at the Covenant Awards in Canada. I think the award goes to Canadian Cindy Morgan as the songwriter since POG isn't Canadian.

Re: Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:08 pm
by jimmya
Dear Jackie Chapman-

You better watch your tongue about not being a fan of Country music. As far as I know, Jesus was a big Johnny Cash fan.

On your Opry question. Artists such as Point of Grace, who I really like by the way, who appear on the Opry, need no certain requirements to get on. I do think that labels, management etc., have sway...and let's face it...the Opry has to fill a lineup the same way anyone else does.

As far as being a member of the Opry, that's a whole different deal. Since I will never be asked to join, I can admit that I think there's a lot of politics involved...and I think you have to mow the lawn at Little Jimmy Dickens House every week.

So what's the deal about a song staying No. 1 for 15-weeks...what kind of lame format are you running anyways.

Peace-
Jim Asker

Re: Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:26 pm
by BasketCrunch
I think Jim's right about the Opry appearances, I think it's just a connection thing - you probably have to know someone who knows someone to get a performance slot for the evening. I can't recall too many indie artists hitting the Opry stage, so I think you have to have an established name or be signed to an "established" record label.

Re: Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:00 am
by jaqchapman
Jim, I don't run the format; the format runs me. Just reporting the news, man.

Thanks for the info on the Opry. Maybe I'll try to get a slot - I don't mind mowing lawns.

Re: Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:08 am
by kemoSnake
I think Point of Grace is fine to do both. Especially at this time in the industry. They have the look and an appropriate sound for Country, and for Christian, and their message fits both.

Re: Point of Grace & Country

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:58 am
by Drunkdog
I'm no Christian music listener, but I know who POG is and I think they could be successful in Country music if people gave them a chance. But they will always be labeled as Christian artists and most Country programmers can't see past that. They probably shrug them off because of their preconceived notions, which isn't fair...but what do I know, I'm not a PD and I don't know what's best for the listeners. :roll: