Shurman, Tim Eriksen and Michael Hearne

I occasionally purchase music from FestivaLink.net — they pretty much go to live music festivals and work hand in hand with the sound technicians to record concerts. I think my first purchase from them was in 2008 — a Merlefest recording of Levon Helm (formerly of The Band). I get periodic updates from them and they recently featured a Christmas CD titled, Winter Holidays.

In case you check it out, let it be known that the folks at Festivalink.net feature a lot of bluegrass music.  I like bluegrass music as much as the next person, but sometimes it just goes a bit too hillbilly for my taste. And certainly some of Winter Holiday goes that route bigtime. Luckily, you can purchase some of the music rather than the entire CD. (To do so, you have to open each artists page and purchase individual songs from there.)

Some of  Winter Holiday is quite good — and most of it is people and bands I’ve never heard like Shurman, Tim Eriksen and Michael Hearne.

Shurman is a country rock band from Austin — I’m featuring “It Don’t Feel Like Christmas.”

Tim Eriksen is an eclectic individual. He’s the lead singer of a folk/punk band called Cordelia’s Dad, and has a doctorate in music — teaching at Wesleyan University while serving as a visiting music professor at Dartmouth College, Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Minnesota. I’m featuring his version of “Star In The East.”

Michael Hearne is a native Texan but lives these days in New Mexico. I’ll be featuring Hearne’s “Taos Christmas Eve.”

Don’t Feel Like Christmas

Star In The East

Taos Christmas Eve

 You can purchase all of these here. 

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