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As we approach this year's season of giving To Kate: A Benefit For Kate's Sake is a wonderful ready made holiday gift that will give back in spades. Features a cast of top roots talent including Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, John Prine Joe Ely and more. The profits from this CD will benefit COTA (Children's Organ Transplant Association) in honor of Kate Kirk and her big sister Caroline. Along with supporting this important cause, the music is stellar and fills a void for fans of roots music by delivering America's first Christmas compilation album. Emergent. 2005.

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Consider this the Christmas gift that keeps on giving, as a constellation of many of the brightest stars in alt-country brighten the season with this collection to benefit a three-year-old Nashville girl suffering from a rare genetic disease. Rather than an assortment of castoffs, the inspired tracks befit the generous spirit of the holiday. Highlights include the spiritual reverence of Buddy and Julie Miller on "Away in a Manger," the rockabilly playfulness of the Big Happy on "Gift Wrapped Boy," the border cantina arrangement of Bob Dylan's "Winterlude" by Joe Ely, the Orbison-esque rendition of "Pretty Paper" by the Mavericks' Raul Malo, and the hard-rocking intensity of Jason and the Scorchers on "Oh! Holy Night." The album also features the husband-and-wife debut of Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, as the newlyweds harmonize on his "Nothing But a Child." Amid holiday-themed originals from Jim Lauderdale, Bob Delevante, Henry Gross, and Rosie Flores, more traditional fare finds BR549 recasting "The Christmas Song" as dancefloor swing, John Prine providing a bittersweet tinge to "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and Jeff Black rendering "Winter Wonderland" as smoky nightclub balladry. --Don McLeese

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  1. The Christmas SongBR549 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Holly & Her MistletoeJim Lauderdale 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Away In A MangerBuddy & Julie Miller 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Gift Wrapped BoyThe Big Happy 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Half Bad In The SnowBob Delevante 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Ain't No Trouble To MeJohn Corbett 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. WinterludeJoe Ely 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Oh! Holy NightJason & The Scorchers 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Pretty PaperRaul Malo 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Nothing But A ChildSteve Earle 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. What A ChristmasHenry Gross 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Christmas EverydayRosie Flores 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. I'll Be Home For ChristmasJohn Prine 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Winter WonderlandJeff Black 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Gift Wrapped Boy (Bonus Track)Olivia Tallent 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
  • ASIN: B000BC8SRO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A mighty fine Christmas offering, with a humanitarian twist... Kate Kirk is a 3-year old Nashviller with a rare genetic disorder called Niemann-Pick Disease, Type A/B; her older sister Caroline also has the disease and doctors say it is too late to treat the 6-year old, but believe that a marrow transplant may help in Kate's case. Hence, this tribute album, which seeks to raise the money to pay for the operation. You may quibble about the person-by-person, band-aid approach that a lack of a national health care plan has brought to so many lives (I have a friend here in the Bay Area who had an auto accident and has a similar album out in his honor...), but it's hard to argue with the artistic successes of this disc... A lot of high-powered Americana luminaries pitch in on this one, including Joe Ely, John Prine, Buddy & Julie Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Raul Malo and Rosie Flores, and the tone of the album is surprisingly upbeat and life-affirming, considering the downbeat nature of the album's origin. Highlights include a duet between Steve Earle and Allison Moorer on his "Nothing But A Child," Jim Lauderdale's "Holly And Her Mistletoe" and a Guy Clark song covered by actor John Corbett, who has a promisingly gruff "old man" voice (and an album coming out soon...) This is a really nice record, with only a couple of songs that seem out of place (like a jarring rock song from Jason & The Scorchers... A welcome addition to the country Christmas canon, and a nice choice a holiday stocking stuffer. Recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liza Jane on December 1, 2005
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If you're looking something to get you into the spirit you've found it! Besides the fact that all profits go to a more than worthy cause, this ecclectic CD is one no Christmas collection should be without! Plenty of classics, mixed with some new soon-to-be favorites. No joke, just listen to the rockin' sounds of "gift-wrapped boy" or the upbeat twang of "Holly and her mistletoe." Save the Elvis collection for next year, buy for Kate and you'll be glad you did! (...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Finnican on December 12, 2005
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Truly a wonderful CD. The songs cover anyones taste and everyone will enjoy this CD. There's heart in every song.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Travis Dubya McGee Bickle on December 23, 2005
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Sometimes collections like this, for good causes, don't come through on the actual music. But this one does, splendidly...Excellent x-mas originals by top notch songwriters such as Jim Lauderdale and Henry Gross, mixed with very tasty covers by some beloved and supremely talented artists, like your Joe Ely, your John Prine...

If only all x-mas CDs were this good...this, and the current McGarrigles' Christmas Hour have elevated the genre....
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