Beth Nielsen Chapman “Years” from Beth Nielsen Chapman (Reprise Records 1990) —Merry Christmas and welcome to a Songwriters Christmas, Rich alongside today, we begin with my favorite Christmas tune, WOW !! does it stir up some memories,".... years they take so long and they move so fast..."Buy it!
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer “American Noel” (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2008) —Talking about years moving fast this year on July 19 was 10 years since we lost Dave Carter 1 month short of his 50th birthday, an amazing talent along with his partner Tracey Grammer, Dave wrote several seasonal songs and Tracey released them on one cd.Buy it!
Nanci Griffith “On Grafton Street” from Flyer (Rhino/Elektra 1994) —Nanci at her peak and one of my favorite Nanci tunes, Nanci teamed up with Pete & Maura Kennedy this year to release "Intersection" a great collection of new songsBuy it!
Fred Eaglesmith “Comes And Goes” from Fred J. Eaglesmith (Lonesome Day www.lonesomeday.com 1990) —If I wouldn't have told you, I would have had calls asking me where that John Prine is from, Fred on his debut sounding just like John.Buy it!
Emily Kaitz “I Knew It Wouldn't Feel Like Christmas Day” from Middle Aged Rock & Rollers Are So Damn Cute (Pingleblobber Records 1991) —Emily, known for her great sense of humor, with her serious side, traveling to celebrate Christmas with Townes on the stereo, always a good way to travel.Buy it!
Jerry Jeff Walker “Mason Dixon's On The Line” from The Texas Christmas Collection (Amazing Grease Records 1991) —A great take on a song by the wonderful Nashville songwriter Pat Alger, this is from a cd that condenses some of the songs from 3 amazing (Just like the label says) vinyl lp's of Texas Christmas songs.Buy it!
Katy Moffatt “Nazareth to Bethlehem” from Midnight Radio (Watermelon Records/ TMG 1996) —As far as I know the only Christmas song Tom Russell has ever written, co-written and sang beautifully (as in everything Katy sings) by Katy from her classic Tom Russell produced release.Buy it!
The Band “Christmas Must Be Tonight” from Northern Lights - Southern Cross (CAPITOL www.hollywoodrecords.com 2001) —This is an alternate take on the Robbie Robertson classic christmas tune sang by the best singers on the planet with Rick Danko on lead backed by Levon Helm and Richard Manuel, now reunited as a heavenly trio !!Buy it!
Tom Pacheco “Christmas On Times Square” from Woodstock Winter (Mercury Records 1997) —2nd time Tom released this song originally called "Jimmy the Fiddler". This cd is overlooked but it's a classic cd backed by woodstock friends from The Band (Rick Danko, Jim Weider, Richard Bell, Garth Hudson, & the Loving Spoonful's John Sebastian)Buy it!
Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies “CHRISTMAS TIME” from Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies (Liberation Music 2009) —If you want to raise your kid with good music in their ears you might want to start with Austrailas #1 musical family celebrating Christmas in song, I'd like to be a mouse in the corner. A wonderful gift for any kid.Buy it!
Terry Clarke “American Lipstick” from The Shelly River (Minidoka Records 1991) —Another absolute overlooked classic from this very talented singer/songwriter from Reading, England, every song on here is a gem, including this christmas classic.Buy it!
Lynn Miles “Casinos El Camino” from Love Sweet Love (TRUE NORTH RECORDS 2005) —This set seems to be a Christmas travelogue as we take you to Canada and their first lady of song, the amazing Lynn Miles on the road at Christmas time.Buy it!
John Hartford “On Christmas Eve” from John Hartford: Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly - A John Hartford Anthology (Flying Fish 1992) —KDHX's wonderful fundraisers tribute concerts, this time it's local legend John Hartford, 2 shows, also benefit Off Broadway, Saturday, December 29. You can go to the early show at 7 or the late show at 10, or make an evening of it & go to both.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Grateful for Christmas” from Kmag Yoyo (& Other American Stories) (Lost Highway 2011) —Hayes channels his best Robert Earl Keen and lets us know what he is grateful for this Christmas, looking forward to a new Hayes Carll in 2013.Buy it!
Fats Kaplin and Kristi Rose “Come See the Baby” from I Wonder As I Wander (Pulp Country 2010) —Kristi wrote this with her friend Angela Ashley about Christmas in a small town, Kristi's from Ridgeway, in Southern Illinois, and I can cetainly relate, a Christmas classic at our house, and of course Kristi is joined by her own personal band, Fats.Buy it!
Mike Ireland & Holler “Merry Christmas From A Bar” from CD Single (SubPop www.subpop.com 1998) —Whatever happend to Mike Ireland ?? a very talented singer/songwriter from Kansas City, wrote this after hearing Austin's Mike Hall's Christmas From MarsBuy it!
Stan Rogers “First Christmas (Live)” from Between the Breaks… Live! (Remastered) (Fogarty's Cove Music 1990) —Maybe the saddest and best Christmas song I've ever heard from the late Canadian Legend, what an amazing songwriter.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “Snow Angel” from Snow Angel (Bonus Track Version) (BEAT MANAGEMENT INC. - Digital 2007) —I'm sorry, back to back heartbreakers, this written by Linford Detweiler and sang beautifully by Karin Bergquist. If your an Over The Rhine fan check out their Alaska Train Trip, Kenal Peninsula at Rootsontherails.com.Buy it!
Brock Zeman “Triple Crown” from Me Then You (Busted Flat Records/ Mud Records 2011) —Some people work on Christmas like fireman, policeman, paramedics, and KDHX dj's and if your looking for music on Christmas, according to Brock you can find at the Triple Crown Bar in San Marcos, Texas., not too late to get there.Buy it!
Tom Pacheco “Robert and Ramona” from Eagle In the Rain (Ringsend Road Music Group 1989) —As only Tom can tell it, this Thelma and Louise like tale, about 2 young lovers running from the law at Christmas time could be a movieBuy it!
Peter Case W/David Perales “4th of July/Christmas Rag” from Thank You St. Jude (Welk Music Group - X5 Music Group 2001) —Peter with accompanment by David Perales takes us on a Holiday tour, get up and dance.Buy it!
Pogues W/Kirsty MacColl “Fairytale Of New York” from Essential Pogues (Island 1991) —Have to play this, Larry Weir's favorite Christmas song, Shane McGowan with the wonderful Kirsty MacColl (Killed tragically in Cozumel, saving her sons life as she was hit by a speed boat in a restricted area). Miss ya Larry, Merry Christmas Kathy.Buy it!
Maria Dunn “God Bless Us Everyone (from The Christmas Carol Project)” from For a Song (Distant Whisper Music 2001) —Great way to end it with beautiful thoughts from Maria, have a Happy, Holy, and Healthy Christmas, and to the best listening audience in the world, Luv Ya All !!!!Buy it!
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