Thu, 20 December 2007
This episode I am featuring a very special Christmas edition of the podcast. Unfortunately I was unable to find any solid recordings of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but I think what I have will be equally as festive. This episode features music coming from Warren Haynes' 19th Annual X-Mas Jam in Asheville, North Carolina.
The X-Mas Jam began on December 29th, 1989 as a way to bring together local musicians to play once a year for charity. This tradition has continued ever since and this year's iteration once again brings great musicians together to benefit the Asheville chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
The jam may have started with local musicans but this year's lineup featured some big name bands including Jackson Browne, G. Love, Bruce Hornsby, Stockholm Syndrome, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Peter Frampton, and of course Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule.
In case you were hoping for some traditional Christmas songs this set will probably let you down, fortunately for you the Neil Diamond Christmas Album is available at amazon.com. Instead, this concert features some very talented musicians and some wicked jams...feel free to enjoy it with a glass of eggnog though.
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If you are in Asheville next year around December there is a very good chance that there will a 20th Annual X-Mas Jam. You can find information for that when it becomes available and also check out some of the previous X-Mas jams at xmasjam.com.