New Music: “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten: Volume 3” – Flannelgraph Records

Artwork by Gavin Smith

The third installment of local record label Flannelgraph Records‘ holiday compilation The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten is now available! For those unfamiliar with the project, each year since 2010, Flannelgraph Records has released a compilation album of original, instrumental, holiday-inspired songs contributed from musicians, bands, and friends of the label. Continue reading “New Music: “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten: Volume 3” – Flannelgraph Records”

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The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten: Volume 2 – Flannelgraph Records

Well everybody, it’s here, my favorite time of the year… Christmastime, or Holidaytime, if you are so inclined.  I LOVE this time of the year, already got me tree up after Thanksgiving dinner, wrapped some gifts this weekend, and getting the craving to watch some Christmas movies. But what really gets me in the Christmas spirit, is the music! Local record label Flannelgraph Records is already prepared and has released its second annual benefit compilation The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten (Volume 2), available TODAY!

Featuring original instrumental holiday music from Flannelgraph musicians and friends, all twenty-three tracks tunes on this album come from local and regional musicians (and a few extra Flannelgraph friends) and the profits will benefit Stepping Stones, a local organization dedicated to assisting teenagers who experience homelessness. Continue reading “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten: Volume 2 – Flannelgraph Records”

Local Holiday Music: “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten”

Crossroads of America Records is a family label.  By that, I ‘don’t mean that everyone on the label is a blood relative, actually only few of them are, but it’s a label of musicians and bands and friends who have shared stages, band members, resources, vehicles, maybe even a little saliva.  It’s a great group of musical people who support one another, and all year I’ve been thinking, ‘they should make a holiday album. I’d love to hear some of my favorite bands rocking my favorite Christmas songs during my favorite time of year.’

Well, they didn’t. BUT another member of the family, brother-label Flannelgraph Records, DID, and so we have the holiday compilation, The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten. A great start toward my dream. (Note: Yes, I know most people relate these relationships as ‘sisters’ – sister label, sister ship, sister organization – but these labels are run by men, and so I’m calling it what it is)

Leave no doubt, I LOVE my Christmas tunes.  It’s not at all uncommon to find me belting out a little “Jingle Bell Rock” in the middle of, say, April. But one thing I love even more than holiday music classics, is ORIGINAL holiday music.  Hearing new songs to become staples in my favorite holiday is incredibly inspiring.  It’s great to hear what elements get incorporated into new tunes and how they bring out more contemporary meanings it what this season means to people.  And for that, this album is a must-have in any Holiday music enthusiasts’ collection. Continue reading “Local Holiday Music: “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten””

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