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Kentucky Christmas

Peter T. 06 Jan 12 - 10:15 AM
2581 06 Jan 12 - 11:51 AM
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Subject: Kentucky Christmas
From: Peter T.
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 10:15 AM

I spent a whole lot of time during the holidays looking for a nice Applachiany Christmas album that I could have in the background as I racked up VISA bills. I tried a variety (Mark O'Connor and others) but none were really authentic, not acoustic wallpaper, and worth it I wandered around on Mudcat (THE SOURCE OF TRUTH), and then it hit me by osmosis. Fool that I was, I had forgotten about "Kentucky Christmas" -- Jean Ritchie and friends and family.   Ordered it, and been listening to it with delight, though Christmas is over.   You could stash this recommendation for next Christmas, or don't wait.....

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Subject: RE: Kentucky Christmas
From: 2581
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 11:51 AM

Don't forget to listen to Phil Ochs' single "No Christmas in Kentucky"...! It has been covered on YouTube by Raymond Crooke. See links below.

No Christmas in Kentucky - Phil Ochs

Raymond Crooke's cover version

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Subject: RE: Kentucky Christmas
Date: 06 Jan 12 - 03:22 PM

I had a similar reaction to O'Connor's Appalachian Christmas -- beautiful music, but Appalachian?
Some of my favorite Christmas Music from the Mountains: Down Came An Angel, the Cherry Tree Carol, I Wonder As I Wander, the fiddle tunes Breaking Up Christmas and Old Christmas.
As you've discovered tho, you just can't beat Jean's Christmas album.
FYI: Ochs' "No Christmas..." is drawn from a coal strike in Perry County, Ky., in 1963 or so, same event that inspired Paxton's High Sheriff of Hazard and Malvina Reynolds' "Clara Sullivan's Letter."

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