NINE MILE RECORDS is proud to present a 2016 Holiday compilation. All proceeds will benefit the Sacred Stone Legal Fund set up for the Stainding Rock Sioux efforts to stop the proposed DAPL Pipeline from being built through their land.
The 10 tracks represented here are an assortment of artist originals and holiday classics. some are brand new recordings, and some are from previous projects and releases:
California singer-songwriter Grey DeLisle kicks the set off with a beautiful rendition of the traditional "Oh, Holy Night." A video of the recording of this song is also included on the Bandcamp page and available on Yottube. This track came to us via Grey's producer and longtime Nine Mile collaborator Marvin Etzioni, who's oriignal song "Christmas Bells" comes later in the set.
Next is the song "Christmastime Is Over" from Austin octet Sweet Spirit recorded last season as part of a project spearheaded by the Austin American-Statesman. The song's message and narrative were inspired by O. Henry's classic Christmas story "The Gift Of The Magi." Sweet Spirit are set to release their sophomore full-length St. Mojo next April.
"Snowing Sideways" isn't specifically a holiday song, according to singer-songwriter Rebecca Pronsky, but in definitely evokes the season, especially for her and husband/collaborator Rich Bennett, living in snowy Brooklyn. The song appeared on Pronsky's latest record Known Objects (2016).
New Austin indie pop band Blue Healer follows with their new song "Waiting for The Holidays," a melancholy tune about a father and son reuniting. Blue Healer's self-titled debut came out to wide acclaim this past Fall.
Tinnarose has become known for directly incorporating many of their 70s influences on their original songs, especially on their latest full-length My Pleasure Has Returned. Here, they take it one step further, faithfully and lovingly recreating The Carpenters' "Merry Christmas, Darling."
Seattle artist Shelby Earl's anthemic waltz, "This Christmas Is For Us," originally appeared on Amazon's annual holiday sampler a couple years ago. Earl has a forthcoming record, The Man Who Made Himself A Name, due out on Nine Mile Records in March 2017.
Veteran indie-folk artist Anders Parker (Varnaline, New Multitudes) has the next track on this collection, a beautiful guitar piece titled "Falling Snow," from his 2010 instrumental release Cross Latitudes, written and recorded in his former hom of Burlington, VT. Parker also has a new record due out in April titled The Man Who Fell From Earth.
Producer Marvin Etzioni recorded "Christmas Bells" a couple of years ago, but this is the first time the song has been released publicly. Etzioni is widely known as a founding member of seminal alt. country band Lone Justice, and released a two record collection titled Marvin Country in 2013 featuring duets with longtime collaborators Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, John Doe, and, of course, Grey DeLisle.
Toronto indie rock band Field Study are the new project from former Parlour Steps frontman Caleb Stull. Like "Snowing Sideways," the song "Only Way" was not intended as a Christmas release per se, but is intended as a sober look at the effects of commercialism and disconnection in modern living. Field Study is wrapping up a new full-length for 2017 release.
The oldest track on this compilation belongs to Memphis band Snowglobe. "Goobye Dream" was released back in 2002 on their college radio hit set Our Land Brain. Nine Mile co-leader Tim Regan is a founding member of the band, who recently reunited for some special anniversry shows in Memphis.
Finishing the set is a beautiful rendition of the classic "Have A Merry Little Christmas," by Jose Ayerve of seminal New England band Spouse. Ayerve lives in Ecuador now, and recorded this track in a particularly homesick stretch one December. It's the perfect compliment to this compilation.
Happy Holidays, everyone!