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Top 100 Tooth & Nail Albums of All Time
In 1993, a young music lover named Brandon Ebel took a loan from his grandfather and started a record label for fans of alternative music. That label, Tooth & Nail Records, is now 25 yeras old and has released close to a thousand albums between all of its imprints, many of which are well-regarded in their genre, both in Christian and mainstream markets.|
As fans of the label, we here at Jesusfreakhideout.com wanted to commemorate T&N's 25th anniversary by coming up with a list of our top 100 Tooth & Nail Records albums, including [almost] all of its imprints: Tooth & Nail, BEC, Solid State, Uprok, and Gospel Song. We did consider Plastiq Musiq as well, but none of those albums made the list. (Note: this list also does not contain any reissues, live albums, greatest hits, or deluxe editions)
We'll be releasing this list in increments over the next ten weeks, ten entries at a time (you know, for intrigue and whatnot!). Please keep in mind that this list is probably not your ideal list. It's also not a list that any one person came up with, but rather is a collaborative list created by several members of Jesusfreakhideout and some friends of ours, all of whom have different personal favorite albums and different tastes.
Before we start, we would like to take the opportunity to thank our friends that helped with this project (there are a lot, so brace yourselves!):
Brandon Jones and Noah Hardwick of Indie Vision Music. IVM is helping keep alive the original spirit of Tooth & Nail, releasing some of the best pop punk and alternative albums you can find these days, while also providing updates, music news, reviews, and listicles. Check out their homepage and their Bandcamp for digital downloads, CDs, vinyl, and cassettes.
Joshua Clifton of the band Ravenhill. Ravenhill is a great independent rock & roll band from Nashville who just released a brand new EP called Midnight Gold. Check out Honey Gold Records for more information.
Russ Shipp of the band Rusty Shipp. Another awesome independent rock band from Nashville, with an album called Mortal Ghost that has been making waves in their scene - and rightly so. Visit their homepage to see what all the fuss is about.
Levi Macallister, aka Levi the Poet. Our favorite poet, Levi has been telling stories through his unique spoken word stylings for nearly a decade now. Check out his latest album, a vulnerable work called Cataracts, which you can find along with blogs, videos, and more albums right here.
Matty Mullins of the band Memphis May Fire. Matty is a double threat as both the vocalist for metalcore band Memphis May Fire and a solo worship artist. Whether you like your music heavy or soft, Matty has you covered!
Leanor Till of the bands Five Iron Frenzy and The Fast Feeling. The longtime saxophone player for Five Iron released her first album as the lead vocalist with The Fast Feeling in 2017, and it kinda rocks. Go catch up with FIF here and get new music from Leanor's side project here.
Danny Pelletier of the band Not Beneath. This hardcore band has a new album out called Memento Mori that is hard and heavy. You can pick it up at their Bandcamp!
Jared Barbosa of the band Southlen. These guys are a terrific pop band from Southern California that love Jesus and have a great ear for melodies. Check out their latest EP, Places, and hit up their home page to learn more!
David Josiah Curtis of the bands Side Walk Slam and Run Kid Run. David's bands released several great albums on Tooth & Nail, and now he's got a solo project that you should check out. If you feel so inclined, go give him a listen!
Josh Taylor of Blimey Cow. A former JFH staff member himself, Josh releases fresh YouTube content with his brother Jordan and wife Kelli on a weekly basis - if not, more frequently! Their videos are hilarious and often satirical. Check out their YouTube channel, and if you feel so inclined, you can support them financially through their Patreon!
Thanks so much these fine folks for helping with this project! And don't forget to sound off in the comments and tell us which Tooth & Nail albums are your favorites!
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