Where Will You Be Christmas Day?

Description: One CD, 16 page booklet, Christmas postcard in cardboard gatefold wallet
Publication Date: October 12, 2004
Availability: In Stock
 

Price: $12.00
 
Compiled by Lance Ledbetter and Dick Spottswood,
Where Will You Be Christmas Day? shows many sides of Christmas – from Jesus born in the manger to Leroy Carr spending the holiday in jail. Some of the artists featured include Alabama Sacred Harp Singers, Butterbeans and Susie, Fiddlin’ John Carson, Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Los Jibaros, Kansas City Kitty, Lead Belly, Lord Executor, Maddox Brothers and Rose, and Bessie Smith.

All Music Guide: “…rawer, more heartfelt, and just more musically interesting than the vast majority of what you’ll find in the holiday bin.”

Entertainment Weekly: “…the season’s standout CD is a collection of relative antiquities… 78 rpm gospel, blues, and hillbilly finds from the ’20s and ’30s…”

New York Times: “Probably the best and strangest Christmas album you’ll hear all year.”

Pitchfork: “…perfectly wonderful for tree-trimming and Charlie Brown-style dance-hopping, its true triumph is its uncanny longevity: It will last longer than your evergreen.”

San Antonio Express-News: “Fans of old-time music, or anyone with a pair of ears and an open mind, must seek out this smorgasbord of blues, mountain music, jazz, gospel, and diverse ethnic tunes…”

Uncut: “This uncommonly fervid Christmas comp locates the most devotional and intense field recordings from the American hinterlands.”