Christmas 2002


December 18th, 2002 ~ Christmas comes but once a year! American Routes digs into a bag of sound that's been a year in the filling to bring you Christmas and seasonal music of the up, down, and off-beat variety we hope you've come to count on from (not) Saint Nick and the crew. Plus Chuck Siler, a museum curator and visual artist, tells us about his experience as a black Santa in 1968. Keep a cool Yule.

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  • Christmas day Detroit Junior
    Christmas Party with Eddie G., Sony
  • Christmas Boogie The Davis Sisters
    Hillbilly Holiday, Rhino
  • INTERVIEW: Robert Earl Keen
  • Happy Holidays Y'all Robert Earl Keen
    Walking Distance, Arista
  • Cool Yule Louis Armstrong & the Commanders
    What a Wonderful Christmas, Hip-O
  • A Party For Santa Claus Lord Nelson
    Xmas Marks The Spot, Ryko
  • Blue Xmas Miles Davis
    Jingle Bell Jazz, Columbia
  • Aguinaldo Jibaro Familia Colon with Edwin Colon
    Folk Masters, Folkways
  • Instrumental: Silent Night The Asylum St. Spankers
    A Christmas Spanking, Bloodshot
  • Silent Night Low
    Low Christmas, Kranky
  • River Joni Mitchell
    Blue, Reprise
  • Instrumental: Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio
    A Charlie Brown Christmas, Fantasy
  • INTERVIEW: Chuck Siler, educator, visual artist, and curator at the Louisiana State Museum
  • Back Door Santa Clarence Carter
    The Original Soul Christmas, Rhino
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town/White Christmas Jimmy McGriff
    Ultra Lounge Christmas Cocktails, Capitol
  • Three Angels Bob Dylan
    New Morning, Columbia
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas,
  • O Day Bessie Jones / Georgia Sea Island Singers
    Songs of Christmas from the Alan Lomax Collection, Rounder
  • Auld Lang Syne Dejan's Olympia Brass Band
    New Orleans Brass Bands: Down Yonder, Rounder
  • SEGMENT: Karen Glennemeier and Bruce Deihl
  • Open Bed: A Party For Santa Claus Lord Nelson
    Xmas Marks The Spot, Ryko
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town Joseph Spence
    Xmas Marks the Spot, Rounder
  • Santa Claus Is Skaing To Town Granville Williams Orchestra
    Natty And Nice, A Reggae Christmas, Rhino
  • Santa Came Home Drunk Clyde Lasley & The Cadillac Baby Specials
    Bummed Out Christmas, Rhino
  • Faraway Christmas Blues Johnny Otis
    The Johnny Otis R & B Caravan/ Complete Savoy Recordings, Savoy
  • Santa Lightnin' Hopkins
    Jingle Bells, House of Blues Christmas Collection, HOB
  • The Little Drummer Boy Lou Rawls
    Billboard Greatest R&B Christmas Hits, Rhino
  • Good Morning Blues Ella Fitzgerald
    Jingle Bell Jam: Jazz Christmas Classics, Rhino
  • Instrumental: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Jingle Bells Bossa Nova Eddie Dunstedter
    Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails, Capitol
  • Blue Christmas Elvis Presley
    Elvis Christmas Classics, RCA
  • White Christmas Otis Redding
    The Original Soul Christmas, Rhino
  • Merry Christmas Baby Chuck Berry
    Chuck Berry: The Chess Box, Chess/MCA
  • Christmas Party (intro to #21)
    Christmas Party with Eddie G., Sony
  • Christmas Blues Canned Heat
    Blue Yule: Christmas Blues and R&B Classics, Rhino
  • Instrumental: Little Cajun Drummer Boy Kristin Hersh
    Xmas Marks The Spot, Ryko
  • Take the Star out of the Window John Prine
    Diamonds in the Rough, Atlantic
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy John Fahey
    The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Solo Christmas Album, Takoma
  • My Favorite Things John Coltrane
    My Favorite Things, Atlantic