John DeGroff -“SALT”

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Aug 232018
 

Greg Hough, one of the founding members of Petra tells the story of how, when he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour, God’s message of “You will play for Me” came to him. John DeGroff (also a founding member) completes the story as he tells of meeting both Greg, and Bill Glover (another founding member of Petra) at Christian Training Centre in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1972. It is towards the end of that year that they got onto stage in church to play together, ministering through the medium of what is now Christian rock music.

Produced by John DeGroff, “SALT” follows on from “…demos and other moments…” released in
2015. “SALT” gives the impression of ease, or better, effortlessness. There is a playfulness in the descending arpeggios that open “Runnin’” that sets the tone of the album for me. John is a fan of progressive rock and jazz music, and having recently revisited Kansas’ “Point of Know Return” album myself, I’m loving John’s musical direction. I enjoyed how the bass guitar and organ synchronised with one another on this first track, complemented by John Schlitt (Head East, Petra – 1986 to 2005) on vocals.

I’m intrigued by John’s harmonic playing on “Sneeze”, where bass notes ring together much like they would when you strum a guitar. On this track you’ll also hear perfectly executed tempo changes; proof of a great band locked into the groove. “Dave’s Living Room” showcases the band’s lightness of touch, and is addictive like cotton candy.

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Jul 262013
 

Petra_40thTo celebrate their illustrious 40-year career, rock band, Petra, will release an exclusive CD project on July 30 featuring the band’s biggest and most-loved songs. The standard edition of 40th Anniversary will include 27 of Petra’s hits, while the deluxe edition [digital copy only] will include 37 songs. Both versions include a new recording titled “Holy Is Your Name.”

“’Holy Is Your Name’ is a thank you to all our fans, but mostly a thanks to God for all the wonderful years!” says Bob Hartman, founding member of Petra. “We are happy to include it on the 40th Anniversary compilation.” Continue reading »

Jul 072012
 

Two classic recordings by Petra, one of Christian rock’s most awarded and influential bands throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, are being re-released July 3 from Star Song Music as special Anniversary Editions including bonus tracks.

This Means War!: 25th Anniversary Edition has been digitally remastered for the first time, and includes three bonus live concert solos from longtime Petra members Bob Hartman (guitar), John Lawry (keyboards), and Louie Weaver (drums). This Means War! was Petra‘s 10th studio recording and received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Gospel Performance. The project features the Christian radio classics “Get On Your Knees And Fight Like A Man,” “Don’t Let Your Heart Be Hardened,” and the title cut. Continue reading »