Label: SixSteps (SIX)
The founder of David Crowder Band and a worship staple at Passion conferences is the mastermind behind Crowder. Despite the lineup change, this is a solo project only in the broadest sense of the word. The scruffy music man is surrounded by talented friends who round out his sound with banjo, stand-up bass, fiddle, drums, pots, pans and bicycle chains. Neon Steeple is a rugged, homey album that melds sacred sounds from the past with present-day praise. And Crowder is a creative wordsmith, as evidenced on tracks like "Come As You Are." Don't miss the Emmylou Harris duet, "My Sweet Lord."