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Thunder Fire album review from dutch metal webzine The Metal Resource

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Before it got shortened to R&B, there was Rhythm and Blues. But instead of Beyoncé, you should be thinking along the lines of John Lee Hooker or the Allman Brothers. Rob Cassels says that he has been playing piano and guitar all his life. And that he cannot suppress the urge to write songs that express his gratitude for all that God has done through Christ.

Some of his earlier offerings were ‘Off the Wall’ (1984) and ‘Straight Shot’ (1988), with an anthology released in 2009. His latest endeavour ‘Thunder Fire’ (2012) sees Rob on lead vocals, piano, a 1968 Hammond organ, guitars, harmonica and percussion. He is joined by Sam Eakins (electric & acoustic guitar), Darrell Thompson (electric & acoustic bass) and Mark Childress (drums & percussion).

Now when you think of the blues, there are connotations of sad songs where a whiskey-soaked man relates how he lost his job, his wife left him and his dog has died. However, Rhythm & Blues takes the other side of the tracks and rejoices in the positive, life-affirming experiences.
>>>READ the full review at mauce.nl

July 1-14 wall to wall tour. We welcome all our friends, come on out and hear Rob try to speak Spanish!

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FREE GUITAR CLINIC with Sam Eakins, Saturday May 25, 2013, at 5pm

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SAM EAKINS (of Rob Cassels Band) offers a free guitar clinic on May 25, at The EAT Center, 25 Woods Lake Rd, Suite 401, Greenville, SC 29607
The EAT Center houses lessons for bass, drums, piano, guitar, voice, choirs, praise teams, ministers of music, sound and recording. The EAT Center will also house EAT University, which will include music clinics and courses taught by degreed instructors, professional instructors, national recording artists, pastors and music ministers with years of experience.

Learn more about The EAT Center

It’s CLEMSON BLUES FESTIVAL time! The Rob Cassels Band performs Saturday, April 20. Come see us.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20 MAIN EVENT: PATRICK SQUARE WITH BANDS, FOOD, DRINK AND ENTERTAINMENT. Event begins at 11:00 am and runs until 7:00 pm.

rob-cassels-band-stackThe Blues Doctors w/Adam Gussow, Robbie Ducey Band, Rob Cassels Band, Cold Bluesion, True Blues, Ceasar, MILL BILLY BLUES w/Freddie Vanderford, Snopes Family Band and The Tony Tidwell Band. We are in negotiations with several other talents to be announced soon. The cost is $10.00 per car, truck or motorcycle load, so load-up those vehicles and bring them to the Festival. The proceeds will help support our charitable component the Clemson Sertoma Club and for start-up of the 2014 Festival.

There will be tables and seating for about 400 under a large tent. We encourage everyone to consider bringing folding chairs and/or blankets to sit on to enjoy the music.

NO COOLERS PLEASE ! FULL INFORMATION AT clemsonbluesfest.com

The inspiration for the Clemson Blues Festival comes from Littlejohn’s Grill, an African American nightclub that once brought LIVE music to Clemson. Located along a music corridor known as the chitlin’ circuit, the Grill hosted scores of major Blues, R&B and Jazz musicians.

A book, “THE LITTLEJOHN’S GRILL STORY: Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Clemson, SC” tells the story of Clemson’s blues heritage, chronicling the more than 100 major performers to visit Clemson between 1945 and 1968. The book has many interesting stories about Clemson with a series of photographs of performers. Learn more about the book.

Last year’s Clemson Blues Festival was a great event attended by 1000′s of blues fans. They got all they wanted as Chick, Mac, Frankie, Paula, Sarah Mac, Robbie Ducey and Clemson’s own Hoodoo Hounds scorched us with some great sounds. On Sunday afternoon gospel choirs and bands showed us the roots of the Blues with their inspirational performances.

Rob Cassels “Loves Ya to the Bone”

Official video release of “Loves Ya to the Bone” from the Rob Cassels THUNDERFIRE CD. Filmed on tour in Portugal January 2013 by the Mira Brothers production team. Featuring Rob’s “off-shore” band Thunderfire: Filippo Baldassarini – guitar, João Ferrao – bass, Sherry Cassels BGV’s/tambourine & Isaac Hurst – drums.

Thunder Fire album review from HM, The Hard Music Magazine

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In my earliest days of listening to Christian rock, the music of Rob Cassels was a staple in my musical diet — especially the albums “Off the Wall” (84) and “Straight Shot” (88), because by that time, his rocking had gotten more edge to it. Well, jump forward to the present and he is back! Hard edged guitar driven bluesy rock and roll is what we are served up. I would liken his style to Darrell Mansfield but on slightly more distorted steroids. With a raw and gritty hard rock vocal style, it does quite well getting the openly evangelical message across over the musical landscape that ranges from harder rock tunes like “Loves Ya to the Bone,” to laid-back soulful blues of songs like “Pearl of Great Price.” Rob and the boys tear it up and should please all rocking blues fans. —Jeff McCormack, Independent [hmmag.com]

We are in Lisbon with friends at Tribal Generation Portugal 2013!

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TRIBAL GENERATION

Quem somos:
- Um movimento de estímulo à Grande Comissão designada por Jesus: “Ide e fazei discípulos” (Mateus28:19) visando a geração emergente nas suas multiformes de expressão, comummente designadas por tribos urbanas.

- Uma rede de relacionamentos facilitadores de troca de experiências entre ministérios que entendem o chamado de proclamar uma Palavra Profética que permita deixar um legado para as gerações vindouras.

- Uma plataforma de apoio; Treino e capacitação de novos líderes, nomeadamente através da EPI (Escola de Plantadores de Igrejas), uma escola baseada na Palavra de Deus, com vista ao estímulo para a plantação de novas igrejas.

História:
Em 2000 na cidade de Sheffield na Inglaterra foi realizado um fórum para mostrar aquilo que Deus estava a fazer na nossa geração, um mosaico do que diferentes ministérios estavam a realizar em todo o mundo.
Este encontro foi promovido pelo ministério Dawn, que está em 160 países e tem como objetivo a oração, pesquisa e capacitação que estimulem a plantação de novas igrejas que possam alcançar todas as culturas. >>>LEARN MORE BELOW

Here’s a little info about Tribal Generation Portugal.
TRIBAL GENERATION PORTUGAL on Facebook
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plantadoresdeigrejas.org/portugal

Watch video about Tribal Generation Portugal 2012

Live interview on WJTL in Lancaster PA. Tune in on the internet Saturday, January 19, at 9:15 PM.

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This Saturday I will be doing a live interview on WJTL at 9:15 PM in Lancaster PA. Tune in on the internet. WJTL is a listener supported non-commercial radio station providing a great opportunity to listen to the Best Mix of Christian Music online.

Thunder Fire is out now on CD!

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