Trail Mix – December 2019

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I don’t know if it was really bound to happen, but I am sure excited that it did.

This month, a former fifth grade student of mine – Shane McLaughlin – and his band appear on Trail Mix. Folks, that is pretty cool.

I taught McLaughlin during one of my first years teaching near Charlottesville, Virginia. Life took Shane, and his passion for music, to Harrisonburg, Virginia, and then eventually to the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied finance and eventually ended up pursuing a career in music. His band, Buffalo Rose, has been evolving since 2016, and has shared the stage with The Infamous Stringdusters, Yarn, and The Dustbowl Revival. The folksy, acoustic sextet calls to mind The Lumineers and First Aid Kit, among others.

This month, I am thrilled to feature “I Feel So Good,” from the band’s latest EP, on Trail Mix.

The December mix also features some powerful female performances. Check out the new tracks for Aoife O’Donovan, Patty Griffin, Allison Moorer, Liz Vice, Kyshona Armstrong, and the sister group, Wildwood Kin.

Rounding out this month’s mix are great tracks from The Infamous Stringdusters, Charlie Hager, Jake La Botz, Scott Biram, Kyle Emerson, Wayne Hancock, Human Barbie, Harry Nilsson, Grayson Jenkins, Kitchen Dwellers, Whitacre, and a couple holiday tunes from Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Jon Patrick Walker.

And – if you are strapped for gift ideas for the music lover in your life – seek out a title or two from this month’s mix and head to your local music shop. Grab a record, a disc, or some concert tickets and give the gift of music. It’s a win/win, really!

Happy holidays, friends.

  1. Lost and Found Harry Nilsson 4:02
  2. Refugee King Liz Vice 3:38
  3. Truth and Love Charlie Hager 3:46
  4. Fear Kyshona Armstrong 3:43
  5. The King of All Birds Aoife O'Donovan 3:32
  6. Time Has Come Wildwood Kin 3:18
  7. Broken Cage 5:01
  8. Planets The Infamous Stringdusters 7:54
  9. I Feel So Good Buffalo Rose 3:45
  10. The Bankrobber's Lament Jake La Botz 4:17
  11. The Rock and the Hill Allison Moorer 3:39
  12. Are You Lonely Kyle Emerson 5:35
  13. Broadminded Scott H. Biram 2:32
  14. Thunderstorms and Neon Signs Wayne Hancock 4:58
  15. Cowboy Dream Grayson Jenkins 3:36
  16. Be Careful What You Wish For Human Barbie 3:52
  17. It's Christmas Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors 3:48
  18. Happy Xmas (in the Edge Times) Jon Patrick Walker 3:15
  19. Ruby's Arms Patty Griffin 6:06
  20. Peach Whitacre 4:00


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