Wednesday, June 09, 2010
DANA KEY GOES HOME
When I remember Dana Key, I will also remember his incredible guitar work on songs like 'Hangin' by a Scarlet Thread' and 'Let's Get Upset'. The man could really rock! DeGarmo and Key's last studio album TO EXTREMES (1994) rocked harder than ever. This was a band that had opportunity to go mainstream but did not want to compromise or water down their message. Dana and Eddie, usually backed by Tommy Cathey on bass, and Greg Morrow on drums, knew how to put on an entertaining show and minister the Gospel. There was always great anticipation for a D and K show! Along with Petra, and Whitecross, these guys were heroes to me.
Dana defended Christian rock against critics in his 1989 book 'Don't Stop the Music'. DeGarmo and Key helped upstart bands such as dctalk, Audio Adrenaline, and Big Tent Revival, by letting them open for them.
Dana released two solo albums. The first, THE JOURNEY, traced the life of Christ in song. The second, PART OF THE MYSTERY, included the songs 'Dear Mr. Clapton' about Eric's child's death, and 'Liar, Lunatic, or Lord', asking the listener to choose which of the three they thought Christ was.
Since they disbanded around 1995, D and K played a handful of reunion shows, including one at Cornerstone Festival's 25th year Anniversary in 2008. Dana was currently pastor at The Love of Christ Church in Memphis, TN (http://www.tlcmemphis.com/). He leaves behind a wife, and three children.
My favourite DeGarmo and Key albums are 1987's D and K, 1989's THE PLEDGE, 1992's DESTINED TO WIN: THE CLASSIC ROCK COLLECTION, and 1994's TO EXTREMES.
I believe I saw D and K about four times between 1989-ish and 1994, and I saw Dana solo in Paris, Ontario circa 1994. Memories I will cherish for sure!