Media hype recipe: listen to radio interview, read CD review, repeat.

Thanks so much to the folks at WIGM/WKEB in Medford, WI, for playing my music so much in recent weeks! My songs "Smart Girls," "Librarian," and "The Serious Kind" have been in major rotation and I'm very excited and pleased to have the airplay! I talked to their afternoon host an asked about their format...he told me they play everything from John Mellencamp's "Lonely Old Night" to Paul McCartney's "My Love." Well, there's some company that I'm thrilled to be keeping! To highlight the concert I'll be playing in Medford on Saturday (Feb 17th) I participated in a telephone interview they played on the air...CLICK HERE to listen to an MP3 of the interview. The host did a great job with the interview, and I got to give props to a lot of bands from my youth that influenced me, plus share some lesser known facts about my musical formation as a teenager. Regarding the upcoming performance...I just set it up so that my full band will be joining me for the show...I'm really looking forward to playing in Medford along with Kerns (bass) and Troy (drums).

Thanks also to the media outlets who are now beginning to offer some coverage for my Protestant Rock Ethic album! There's a nice little story in the current issue of Metro Lutheran magazine here in Minnesota, and a full review of the album appeared in a recent issue of the national publication, Christian Musician magazine:

Rundman has made truly worthwhile pop-rock records for over a decade now. Always possessing an ability to merge classic rock tendencies with a keen sense for pop song hooks, Rundman has created some of the most overlooked albums of American music in the last few years, including his masterwork Sound Theology: a 2 disc epic that collects 52 songs to commemorate each week of the liturgical calendar. Protestant Rock Ethic is another two-disc offering that draws from Rundman’s vibrant, Lutheran background and gathers songs that he has written for a variety of settings, including liturgical, Sunday school classroom and youth group conventions. What all songs have in common is a dedication to theological accuracy and a desire to make these somewhat antiquated stories and settings accessible to a specified target audience. Mostly performed in a folk/bluegrass setting, with lots of violin and acoustic guitar, Rundman adds variety with the winsome pop-rocker “I Got a Problem”, the beautiful guitar and vocal, folk duet arrangement of the Christmas madrigal, “Lo How a Rose E’r Blooming” (with Beki Hemingway) and a stab at hip hop called “Running the Race”, which features rapper Agape. While never meeting the slick production standards of Christian Radio fare, Protestant Rock Ethic offers something much more potent: authenticity and a real desire to connect with those who have ears to hear.

Thanks to writer Shaun McLaughlin for providing this review! I'm particularly glad he liked "I Got A Problem" which is sort of the odd-song-out on that album.

I'm always thrilled and appreciative whenever I get radio play or press coverage. When I first started writing and performing songs, I dreamed of someday getting the chance for the general public to hear and read about the music. Now that it actually happens, I can't quite believe it!


Bridget Delaney said…
Great interview. . .good to "hear" you in a way, too!

I miss hanging out with my Lutheran musician buddies! Oh my. . .

I'm just a tad bit more than disappointed with my congregation and the religious community of Lake Charles at the moment. . .

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