While the previous set was primarily an acoustic affair, Herndon says he's bringing in a full orchestra for this one. Herndon plans to mix inspirational music with some holiday fun. To ensure the latter, Ty had his 7-year-old nephew pick out four songs for the project. Herndon says he'll be touring in support of the Christmas album at the end of the year.
So I just read (in a piece about Rick Faugno, who played Frankie Valli in the first national touring company and in Vegas) that Bob Gaudio is in Nashville, producing a Jersey Boys Christmas album.
So I gotta ask...just what is that about? I mean, The Four Seasons did a Christmas album, you know? So are these going to be the same songs, only by Jersey Boys? And, if so, why wouldn't you just buy "The Four Seasons Christmas Album"? Even the "Jersey Boys Original Cast Album" has more Four Seasons than Jersey Boys on it. Or are these going to be Christmas songs the Four Seasons never recorded, done as they would have done them? Well, that could be interesting; I'd love to hear a Four Seasons styled "All I Want For Christmas Is You" or something like that. But Frankie's still alive and singing and so that just seems...kinda...weird. The aforementioned Rick Faugno, by the way, laid down some tracks for that album. I guess we'll have to wait to see what Bob Gaudio's cooking up.
Speaking of Vegas, our friends at Santas Working Overtime alert us to the fact that Hair Metal conglomerate Sin City Sinners are working on a holiday record, presumably for release this year. Dokken's George Lynch was even imported to help out with "We Three Kings". Might be worth starting up a pool on whether we'll see this one or Ozzy's alleged efforts first.
And, finally, for today's coming attractions entry, we'd like to drop a dime in the pot of Ohio's Keith McKelley--a very talented Contemporary Jazz and Funk Sax player--who is trying to raise money through GoFundMe to produce a Christmas album. If you like you some David Sanborn, I think you'll be very impressed with Mr. McKelley. I'm a big Jazz fan. It's probably my favorite music to listen to year round and especially at Christmas. So I checked out his self-titled album from 2010 and that convinced me that a yuletide album from Keith McKelley would be a very welcome Christmas present this year. I'll be sending a few dollars Keith's way and I hope you'll do the same. Its always nice to help nice happen to nice. Dig?
Peace on ya, little brothers and sisters. More Christmas as it happens, right here at Stubbys.