Straight Avenue Band
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Straight Avenue Band

Wichita, Kansas, United States

Wichita, Kansas, United States
Band Christian Rock


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"Review by Phil Anderson"

Rock, folk and a little bit of country come together nicely on "Journals: The Wilderness Sessions" (Mouse House Records, 12 songs, 38 minutes), the latest offering by the Kansas-based Straight Avenue Band. Group members Sharon Urban, Randy Neill, Todd Truitt, Charles Urban and Cheryl Knocke show through their project that major labels don't have a corner on the talent market. For proof, check out the tunes on this fine set, including "Wilderness of Life," "You Set Me Free" and "Glory Days." The album is available at, and Christian Book and Gift, 2121 S.W. Fairlawn Plaza Drive. - THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL (Topeka, KS)

"Review by Brent Castillo"

Straight Avenue Band, "Journals-The Wilderness Sessions"
You'll find some folksy light-rock songs, forceful vocals and skilled playing in these worshipful tunes. Instruments include the B3 organ, hammer dulcimer and mandolin. Twelve original songs. - The Wichita Eagle

"Band & Artist Reviews - Straight Avenue Band"

Cool Grooves. Classic Rock with the jangling guitar sounds of the 60's. This is real unsaturated music. Live instrumentation without newfangled digitized sounds. This group from Wichita, Kansas may be onto something here! For some good old relax by the sunset music check these cats out. Music that all the cool cats is rockin' out to!

Standout Tracks: Wilderness Of Life, Hope Of Glory
Genre: Contemporary Christian Rock
Sub Genre: N/A
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Straight Avenue Band proudly presents its debut CD, "Journals - The Wilderness Sessions", released September 2005. It is available for sale at and,,, iTunes, AOL MusicNet and many other download sites.

The songs originated from journal writings of prayers and lessons learned from reading God's Word and living life in the flesh. The band's dedication to scriptural integrity, thought-provoking life application, and musical versatility appeal to a wide range of music lovers.



The band’s name is taken from the place, (Straight Street), where Apostle Paul had his conversion. As stated in Acts 9:11, The Lord told him, ‘Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying’.

Straight Avenue Band is a creative blend of real, not synthesized, instruments, soulful music and heartwarming messages…and the group of five men and women are based out of Wichita, Kansas. One reviewer stated, “What we have here is real music, sung with lots of feeling, and played on real instruments. What a concept! Back in the 60s, I fell in love with the sounds of jangly guitars and B3 organs. It became classic rock & roll. The Straight Avenue Band has adopted these sounds, and added some of their own, to deliver their Christian message. And it all sounds so contemporary….”

Straight Avenue Band is comprised of songwriters, Cheryl Knocke, and husband and wife, Charles and Sharon Urban. Cheryl, the band's lead singer, also plays acoustic guitar. Charles plays a variety of electric guitars and guitar amps. Sharon sings vocals, plays B3 organ and various other instruments. Randy Neill sings vocals, plays bass guitar, and Todd Truitt plays the drums. The band's producer is Lee Lundgren.

Some of the band's primary influences are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jayhawks, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, the Beatles, and Rich Mullins. Straight Avenue Band has a passion for sharing its faith experiences through music, and has influenced people of all ages.