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This from Sonia Vannest's Indie Artist Review:
Indie Artist Review: Throckmorton - Something Different (December 2001 release)
You'll find "something different" in Throckmorton's latest CD release "Something Different". What started out as a simple combined birthday and Christmas present from Warren Throckmorton's wife, has now become an unstoppable quest for this Ph.D .college professor and counselor. It started with just recording a few songs with close friend Rod Learned who used to play drums for the popular 80's band, Berlin. But before long, "Something Different" was being featured on CCM Magazine's Unsigned Artist Feature in 2002 and tearing up the internet music charts.
"Something Different" offers a collage of blues rock and ccm pop songs which reminisce the sounds of Eric Clapton, George Harrison & BB King in musical & vocal style. The title track "Different" sets the lyrical theme of how we are to be different than the world when it comes to living out our faith and Throckmorton's personal thought of how its "kinda different for a 45 year old college professor to be making a CCM project." Needless to say, "Something Different" has made it's mark in the independent music world regardless of how different it is and Throckmorton proves that you don't have to be a young 20-something Nsync wanna-be to make a mark in the music industry. Since January 2001 when songs from the project were first being introduced publicly, Throckmorton's songs have been played or downloaded over 300,000 times. Eleven songs from the CD have hit #1 on one or more of the Christian or secular charts at mp3.com as well as several other internet music sites.
Among the hot trax on the CD is "Someone's Praying" which features great blues rock guitar riffs and some rip-roarin' vocals and is one of the strongest songs that has been a chart topper ever since President Bush declared May 2nd the National Day of Prayer. It reminds us of the importance of prayer and how someone is always lifting us up to the Father. I love the title of this one: "Hell to Pay" which is not your typical Christian song title with a dirty blues southern rock feel. Along with that blues title theme is "Natural Born Sinner" which should tell you something about the nature of this project. After listening to these two, I feel like I'm in some bar with barbed wire fence surrounding the band. Talk about some dirty guitar licks. Throckmorton has got his blues on. "Dance of the Crickets" is a beautiful instrumental jazz/blues piece which sets the tone for any coffeehouse gathering. On the softer side of things, "Wait For You" is a great ccm song with beautifully written lyrics sporting more of a pop-driven MOR worship feel to it.
Speaking vocationally, in addition to serving as Grove City College's director of college counseling, "Dr. Throckmorton" is an associate professor of psychology at the college, a past president of the American Mental Health Counselor's Association, and he also holds membership on the Magellan Behavioral Healthcare's National Provider Advisory Board representing licensed professional counselors. In 1998, he received the George E. Hill Distinguished Alumni Award from the faculty of Ohio University's Counselor Education Program. He earned a B.A. from Cedarville College, an M.A. from Central Michigan University and Ph.D. from Ohio University. Not your average guitar slinger, eh?
There is "something different" for every music lover on this project. But you'll find "Something Different" a stand-alone project in ccm music today. Get your blues on and rock with Throck!
Sonia Vannest - Indie Artist Review February 2003