August 8, 1999
Jars of Clay
by Kyle Dudley, Reviewer, dallasmusic.com
What do you get when you cross five good friends and a Christian song contest. Well, what you have is a great night at Six Flags promoting the winners of that Nashville song contest. The winning song was Flood and the band is Jars Of Clay.
The nation loved the song. At least the secular world loved Flood, and suddenly the band was getting lots of great airplay. Now, this is hard for even pop and country artists to get this kind of instant airplay. Two and a half years later with no more "hits" under their belts; Jars of Clay may be a one hit wonder, but what a wonder.
It is not common for a Christian band to have such a big hit, let alone a huge crossover song. That means that an artist has built a fan base among another group of fans. The show started out with an acoustic guitar number and then the bad boys of Christian music leaped head first into their show at Six Flags.
Jars of Clay played songs like Liquid and Collide to start off the show. Then, later in the show they brought the crowd to their feet with Frail. This band had the 5000 fans to their feet and singing.
However, the band seems to have lost a little zing. Looking a little heavier, older and less driven than they were last year; the guys from Jars have quickly become veterans of show business. They have experienced the thrill of being on top one day as well as the life draining hell of the road... Ah such is the price of fame.
Headed towards the end of the evening, the Jars gave us a treat. The guys played Swingtown, a Steve Miller song. An inside source told this reporter that Jars had been playing that song at sound check for a while now. The band seemed to really come alive when they started playing this 70/80's hit.
Hitting the crowd with what they all had come for, Jars of Clay finally delivered the highlight, Flood. This is what we all spent the entire night waiting for. Believers and nonbelievers alike came jumping and cheering out of their seats to the pop hit, Flood!
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