Twelve Songs of Christmas
By Alex Rawls
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On "12 Songs of Christmas," Alex Rawls talks to musicians about Christmas music to consider what different contexts tell us about the music, the business, and the culture. How can something so beloved be so disliked?
||CleanPJ Morton, and "All I Want for Christmas is You"||Last week when the Grammy nominations were announced, New Orleans' PJ Morton was among the honorees. He is nominated for Best R&B Album (for Gumbo Unplugged), Best R&B Performance (for "How Deep Is Your Love" featuring Yebba), and Best Traditional R&B||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrans-Siberian Orchestra||Trans-Siberian Orchestra knows where its bread is buttered. Its press shots are not of individual members but of its live show, which has become legendary for its spectacle with lights, lasers, pyro and countless moving parts including cherry pickers th||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKristin Chambers and Mars Williams||Seattle singer/songwriter Kristin Chambers is in the process of making her name, and she has done so in part by singing Christmas music. She has recorded one album, Snow Globe, and one EP, Merry Christmas, and they have helped to shape her identity mo||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDelicate Steve, and Outkast's "Player's Ball"||Delicate Steve is a guitar hero for our time with no obvious North Star guiding his musical choices and no piety for the The Church of Shredders. In today's interview, he talks about being a child of Napster, and the self-taught musical education that c||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWizards of Winter, and Faith Hill's "A Baby Changes Everything"||Today host Alex Rawls talks to Scott Kelly, who started The Wizards of Winter to play a tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a benefit for a local food bank. Kelly talks about the aesthetics of prog-rock Christmas music, and the challenge of finding t||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sultans of String and The Carpenters' "Merry Christmas Darling"||Host Alex Rawls revisits familiar territory when he talks about Toronto and Southern Ontario among other things with Chris McKhool of the Canadian progressive string band Sultans of String, who released a Christmas album, Christmas Caravan, last year. T||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Earl Keen||Alex Rawls talked to Texas' singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen backstage at Tipitina's, where Keen played earlier this fall. While talking, the two realized that they lived in the same Houston suburb at the same time and because they grew up there, the||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Cerveris and Kimberly Kaye of Loose Cattle||Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris and his friend Kimberly Kaye have careers in the theater and on the small screen, and they formed their alternative Americana band Loose Cattle in the late 2000s. In 2017, they released Seasonal Affective Disord||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Schenck of the Panorama Jazz Band||New Orleans' Panorama Jazz Band folds a world of cultures and musical styles into its version of traditional jazz. Bandleader Ben Schenck and host Alex Rawls talk about how Christmas music fits into its business, and how one instrument can make a versio||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|