Winter Jam returns to Tupelo on Feb. 3

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

There’s a first time for everything, and this year’s Winter Jam is the first for the David Crowder Band. The Christian band has seen and accomplished a lot in its 15-year history – like winning Dove Awards and releasing hit records – but this is the first time Crowder and Company have taken part in the biggest Christian music festival.
“It’s really laid-back, and everybody’s glad to see each other,” Crowder said in a phone interview. “A lot of these bands, we haven’t been around before, so it’s good to get to know some people. It’s definitely very laid back, and we can hang out with everybody.”

Balancing act
While being on the Winter Jam tour is plenty of work in itself, the Texas group is also recording while out on the road.
David Crowder Band’s last album was the electronic-heavy 2009 effort “Church Music.”
The new album, Crowder said, will be more stripped down.
“It’s a little more organic than the last one,” Crowder said. “We’re back on the guitar instead of the computer. It’s fun. We wanted to do something different, and to me, I think we hit our stride of pulling together all the things that’ve been who we are. it feels like it’s pretty balanced.”
Recording out on the road actually works out pretty well, Crowder said.
“You’ve got a whole day to eat up. You’re sitting around, waiting to play. It’s a good way to occupy yourself,” he said. The shows allow for a little more time to think about what they’re doing in the studio, too, Crowder said.
“When you’re focused, you sort of lose perspective. It’s good to walk away from it a little while,” he said.
Crowder said he and the band is in a really good place, spending their days recording and their nights out on stage. He invites music fans to check out their shows.
“It’s the line-up,” he said, which includes Newsboys, Kutless, NewSong and RED. “There’s such a variety – there’s something for everybody to see. There’s so much music for that little amount of money.”

Tour lineup
– Who: David Crowder Band, Newsboys, Kutless, RED, Francesca Battistelli, NewSong, KJ-52 and speaker Tony Nolan
– When: 7 p.m., Feb. 3
– Where: BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo
– Cost: $10 at the door
– Info: bcsarena.com, (662) 841-6528, jamtour.com