Posts Tagged ‘suzzy roche’

Christmas Songs on the Lam and Other Songs for the Season

December 12, 2016

St. Paul Minnesota’s Red House Records works up their first ever Christmas album with Christmas Songs on the Lam and Other Songs for the Season.  Featuring a dozen cuts from their artists, it’s a fun and interesting new holiday album that music fans of several genres will enjoy.

First off, a bit about Red House Records. The artists signed to this label are quite diverse and range from blues legends, rock legends, honky tonk country to straight up bluegrass. David Bromberg, Jorma Kaukonen, Hot Tuna, Michael Johnson, The Wailin’ Jennys, Dale Watson and John Gorka are just a few of the artists signed to Red House. Mighty fine collection.

As for Christmas Songs On The Lam, I’ll let the folks at Red House describe the record: “We at Red House Records, based in the nation’s icebox of Minnesota, have a lot of experience with below-zero temperatures and dark, snowy nights. Oddly enough, we’ve never put out a record to mark the holiday season. Until now. We saw the light (no pun intended) and thought why can’t a holiday compilation be a great record too? Like the season itself, it’s an eclectic mix of lust, lament, and gratitude.”

While this compilation may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I loved it and will feature four songs from it tonight.

Cold Hard Wind – Suzzy Roche
Mittens – Heather Masse
Holed Up In Mason City – John Gorka
The Wailin’ Jennys – Glory Bound

Purchase Christmas Songs On the Lam

Cold Hard Wind – Suzzy Roche

Mittens – Heather  Masse

Holed Up In Mason City – John Gorka

Glory Bound – The Wailin’ Jennys


The Roches – Star of Wonder/We Three Kings

December 18, 2015

The Roches are a three woman vocal band from New Jersey. They got their first big break as background vocalists for Paul Simon and then had one of their songs recorded by Phoebe Snow, The Married Men.

I discovered them working at WKDI, which was at the time the college radio station at Northern Illinois University. On The Road To Farifax County from their 1982 record, Keep On Doing is simply a beautiful song (it’s actually a cover as well. The song was written by David Massengill and was also a minor hit for Joan Baez).

In 1990, the Roches recorded and released an eclectic Christmas record, We Three Kings. It features 24 songs and while being different, is really quite good.

I’m going to feature two songs from it tonight but will also post it in its entirety below.

Star of Wonder/We Three Kings starts as a lovely three harmony vocal but turns a sharp corner to an almost Dire Straits feel when We Three Kings starts up (like i said, different).

Christmas Passing Through is a Suzzy Roche original and pretty much sums up the style and talent of the band. Give them a listen. I think you’ll enjoy them.

Star of Wonder/We Three Kings

Christmas Passing Through

We Three Kings (Full Album)