Various Artists

A Holiday Feast, Vol. 2

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Proceeds must have been good enough the first time around for this Washington, D.C. record label to mount a follow-up compilation of Christmas music done by local players from a variety of musical genres. Label honcho Jeff Campbell has found a good way to plug his musical enthusiams into charitable causes, and has also created a series of baseball-theme compilations that have lured big names such as Bob Dylan into participating. The Christmas series is focused around D.C. artists, which obviously fans out to include the immediate Virginia and Maryland area, long a hotbed of skilled traditional folk players as well as rock bands who have polished their skills getting over the drunks in any number of local watering holes. Listeners familiar with this label's productions may by now know the drill: there are certain artists that show up every time, and there is sometimes cross-pollination between tracks in terms of band-members. One of the most interesting tracks this time around is the goofy number by a pair of clowns who call themselves the Wrong Brothers. This is actually top-flight rockabilly raver Evan Johns with his brother Mike Johns. Another highlight is the lovely Steve Earle cover by the Kennedys. Although, for some listeners the key to getting through a Christmas album is finding the most off the wall number, in this case "Santa's Got a Mohawk" by a band called Monsters From the Surf, with the number about the yodeling reindeer in hot pursuit.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:32
2 4:52
3 2:39
4 2:54
5 2:43
6 3:55
7 3:35
8 3:11
9 3:43
10 2:23
11 2:00
12 3:39
13 2:47
14 4:40
15 2:53
16 6:14
17 3:02
18 2:52
19 3:27
20 1:35
21 3:11
22 4:39
blue highlight denotes track pick