The Triangle is full of holiday musical offerings this year. YEP ROC RECORDS is sporting Oh Santa!: New & Used Christmas Classics from Yep Roc, a strong Christmas compilation featuring Cities, Chatham County Line, Los Straitjackets, Marah and a dozen other label favorites. Stream the entire album at www.yeproc.com or as our December album of the month.
MUSIC MAKER RELIEF FOUNDATION also gathers some of its biggest names for Christmas with Cootie, a Cootie Stark-led recording from December 2005. John Dee Holeman, Captain Luke, Macavine Hayes and Whistlin' Britches came together with Stark for the Hillsborough sessions, available at www.musicmaker.org. Music Maker hosts its Christmas party at Broad Street Café Friday, Dec. 14.
Acts as diverse as WRAL anchor and Celtic guitarist Bill Leslie, country-rooted songwriter Anthony Neff and psychedelic garagehounds The Magic Babies come together for the second installment of HAVE A HOLLY RALEIGH CHRISTMAS. A cooperative project between Sir Walter Records and the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, Holly Raleigh benefits Community Music School, a Raleigh organization that offers music lessons to children from low-income families. To purchase the disc, visit www.hollyraleighchristmas.org.
The guitar and fiddle duo of BRUCE EMERY AND DAVID MCKNIGHT also released All is Calm, All is Bright, a collection of traditional instrumental carols accompanied by a guitar instuction manual, Christmas Fingerstyle Guitar, written by Emery. To purchase the disc, visit www.skepticalguitarist.com. For more on the duo, pick up next week's Independent Weekly.
Plenty of shows celebrate the season, too: See Brian Howe's story for information on the TREKKY YULETIDE ORCHESTRA's performance at the Cat's Cradle Wednesday, Dec. 19. To read about OLD HABITS' Pour House Christmas, see this week's 8 Days A Week. For CHATHAM COUNTY LINE's yuletide throwdown at the same venue, see this week's Hearing Aid.
KICKIN' GRASS headlines a third-annual food drive at Lincoln Theatre Sunday, Dec. 16. The music starts at 5 p.m. with Aggressive Pedestrians, Citizen and Bodega. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door, and proceeds benefit the Raleigh-based INTER-FAITH FOOD SHUTTLE, which collects and distributes food through seven counties including Durham, Wake and Orange.
Blue Bayou also hosts a Christmas benefit for the IFS Friday, Dec. 14, at 9:30 p.m. with BIG MAMA E & THE COOL and the TOMMY G EXPERIENCE. And Pawnshop Bob plays a Christmas show at Sadlack's Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, THE CONNELLS have canceled their Dec. 21 Christmas show at The Pour House.
Next week, we'll publish our Year in Review music issue, and we want to make sure we have your record listed. If you didn't submit your 2007 releases to the Independent for review, e-mail Music Editor Grayson Currin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORRECTION: The author of the guitar instruction manual, Christmas Fingerstyle Guitar, was misidentified in the print version of this story; Bruce Emery is its author.