Monday, December 16, 2013

Roger McGuinn's Christmas Tradition

Roger McGuinn
I'm embarrassed to say that I've only just learned today that the legendary folk/rock singer/songwriter Roger McGuinn is a holiday music enthusiast like us – and, what's more, he's been posting his own new versions of classic holiday tunes on his blog for over a dozen years every December 1. McGuinn, of course, is a former member of The Byrds, where he played with one of my idols, David Crosby,before Crosby split to form the even more successful Crosby, Stills and Nash, which expands from time to time to become Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. McGuinn's latest holiday tune is "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," which he "recorded with layers of Rickenbacker 12-string guitar to emulate bells ringing from an old grey stone church tower."  Tunes from previous years are available in the blog's seasonal archives HERE. And speaking of that other former Byrd, David Crosby's got a new solo album due out on January 28 called CROZ, which he'll be promoting with a club tour including five sold-out nights at Los Angeles's Troubadour in February. If anyone has a spare ticket to sell …

Thanks to Hip Christmas.

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