Even though they will play together this evening and release a new CD, these musicians are so singularly independent that they don’t even have a name for the group.
Yes, a band without a name, but one with a purpose. Musician-songwriters Mike Browning, John Fuller, Lindsey Radcliff, Andy Unger, Austin Crockett and Josh McLemore have come together to raise money for Valdosta State University’s Wesley Foundation.
Though founded by the United Methodist Church, the Wesley Foundation includes many denominations. Its mission: To minister to students on campus. The VSU Wesley Foundation works with local missions and missions overseas. Tonight’s concert and CD sales will raise money for those missions.
The band may not have a name, and these musicians may not necessarily think of themselves even as a band, but the CD is called “Relentless: A Worship Project.”
For the album, each songwriter provided two songs they had written. These dozen tracks are included on the CD.
Mostly VSU students, these musicians came together to help the Wesley Foundation. Given that they usually perform solo, or with minimum accompaniment, Browning says, they weren’t certain if the concept would work. But it did.
Each song has a different style. For each song, the group adapts to a different sound. The independent artists form a group that can adjust and perform these versatile and divergent styles.
While they have enjoyed the process, these musicians have no further plans past this album. Not as a group anyway. The group will play tonight as well as several gigs during the coming weeks in places in Macon, St. Simon’s, Albany, and other locations.
Then, they will likely return to their solo and independent musical pursuits.
Joined on stage by musicians James Savage and Ben House, they play their original works as well as popular worship songs by other groups. Listening to the harmony of voices, the well-arranged barrage of guitars, the double drummers, one can’t help thinking these individual musicians have created something they may not have expected.
They have created a band.