I had the honor of connecting with Neal Morse, the pontiff of Progressive Rock, prior to the release of the fourth album from NMB (Neal Morse Band) entitled Innocence & Danger. The two-disc set will release on August 27, 2021.
On the back side of two career-defining and highly celebrated double concept albums, lesser bands might be intimidated by the challenge laid before them – that being to match or surpass successes of the past. In the face of adversity (imagined or real), the band comes out swinging with yet another remarkable collection of quality prog rock anthems.
Neal fronted the (secular) Progressive Rock band Spock's Beard in the 90's and early 2000's before getting saved and reestablishing himself as a Christian artist. His reformed career is decidedly evangelical in nature in that he uses his world-class musicianship to minister to many who don't know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. His musical prowess and authenticity break through barriers which transcend the scope of traditional Christian music ministry.
I was blessed with the opportunity to interview Neal Morse in anticipation of his upcoming solo album entitled Sola Gratia (which translates to "by grace alone"). We covered a myriad of topics from writing and recording an album during a pandemic to sharing knowledge on his unique business model that is working very effectively for him.
Lights broke through the darkness like furious flashes of lightning as drums and keyboards administered the complementary rolling thunder. Within seconds the entire band joins in with frenzied proficiency. And, thus, The Great Adventure begins with all the fury of an Olympic track meet.
Can a band release one proclaimed “masterpiece” after another? If you’re talking about THE NEAL MORSE BAND, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
Join us for our exclusive interview with Progressive Rock Legend Neal Morse. We explore Neal's background in music, thoughts on the accomplishments of both his solo career and his time with Spock's Beard, his one word descriptions of current band members, his thoughts on how to be authentic while following your calling...and much more.
If you enjoy the art form of music and the challenges of the Christian journey, you’re going to love the adventure Neal Morse and his band of merry men have invited us to embark upon as they bring the story of The Pilgrim’s Progress to complete fruition.