December 20, 2007...
When he's not scoringmusic for a Ken Burns documentary national parks films, Bobby Horton is performing music from the Civil War or turning out another collection of 19th century songs. He's up to 16 volumes now. And for the past two years, Horton has been performing a Christmas program circa 1880 to sold-out audiences. It gives him a chance to sing his favorite carols and to share stories of how Americans celebrated the holiday back then. I asked him why he chose that particular year.
Music has always reflected what's going on in the world...and folksinger John McCutcheon uses song to describe a lesser-known chapter in world history - a 1914 Christmas Eve truce between British and German soldiers in the midst of World War I.
For the fifth year in a row, Herb Trotman - the owner of Fretted Instruments in Homewood - has put together a holiday CD featuring some of the areas best acoustic musicians. We thought we'd give you a sample...consider it an early Christmas gift - or just a nice way to pass a couple minutes.
The CD is called "Christmas in the Company of Friends" and you can get it for free ONLY at Fretted Instruments in Homewood -- although owner Herb Trotman says if you want to return it, there's a five dollar restocking fee.
To hear the audio portion of the Community Calendar from Tapestry, click here.
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Ask Johnny Blade to describe his music and you get a pretty cryptic answer. Blade calls his music with the band Player/Kommander - "A-D-D" music that defies the label of any one genre. You be the judge. This is Overadored off the new CD "On the Eve of Absolute Get Down". (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall with help this week from Islara Vazquez and Scott Gurian. Next week - we look back at a year of great music! I'm Greg Bass. We'll see you next week.