2017 Conference — Strahan Concert


Concert: Friday June 23, 7:30 PM

Admission is free for SCL Conference attendees. 

Three chords and the truth.

7cd08d1a-85e0-4b2c-a78f-a9e5e4682884That was Harlon Howard, the King of Music Row, deftly prescribing the formula of the perfect country song. It’s been a catch-cry for the folk musician ever since.

Before then, it was the psalmist’s motto. The Bible poets wrung it from every note. It was hallowed as the great expositor, the songwriter’s muse – wisdom’s bride, calling faint from heaven’s faraway home.

And it’s still the songwriter’s holy grail today. From the bluesman to the politico-punk poet, to the strung out folk prophet, truth is always the muse and the horizon. The volatile partner at the end of each verse.

Growing up on strains of Dylan and the rich mine of the old Christian folk troubadours, Strahan seemed always destined to seek the truth. His songs speak of that moment where “poetry kissed reality”, his modern Psalms wrestle with that same world that David did, the world that struggles to reconcile the face of heaven in this constant economic, political and spiritual upheaval.

His first foray into folk theology, 2011’s Water & Fire provided a refreshing salve of imagery and language. A free gift downloaded by fans in over 22 countries, the E.P’s track “Heaven” charted on radio in New Zealand and garnered radio play in Australia. He then embarked on an intimate nationwide living room tour in 2012, a pilgrimage which armed him with journals of stories and melodies. When it came to his debut full-length Strahan knew his new album Posters had to delve deeper.

And it does. Like the old psalmist, he reaches to nature to find the face of the divine, wrestling with truth as insistently as the tide claiming the shore. Like the old folk man, he stares through a dim glass and sees a broken world caught in that age old tension. Hallelujahs. Laments. Death. Life. All is beauty.

And that old familiar catch-cry. Chords and truth. These old worn songs that carry hints of the divine.


  • June 23, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Venue Phone: 972-386-6000

Venue Website:

15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, Texas, 75001, United States


Lodging: Special Hotel Available to Conference Attendees

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Reserve your room as a guest of the SCL conference to attain conference pricing and amenities.


Breakfast is provided every day of the conference. Lunch is provided every day except for Saturday. 

For dinner, and for those who want other options for breakfast or lunch, the InterContinental is within walking distance of more than 170 eateries and nightspots on Belt Line Road, and the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to sites within a three mile radius of the hotel on a first-come, first served basis.

Travel, Transportation and Parking

The InterContinental Dallas has complimentary self-parking and valet parking available for both hotel guests and commuters.

Airport Drive Times
25 minutes from DWF airport
20 minutes from Dallas Love Field

For travel from the airport to the hotel, contact one of these businesses:

Super Shuttle
(800) Blue-Van or (800) 258-3826

Yellow Checker Shuttle
(817) 267-5150

The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to sites within a three mile radius of the hotel on a first-come, first served basis.