Sarah Burke here from SiriusXM Canada.
I’m so excited to launch a new weekly show on SiriusXM Channel #359, North Americana. I’ll be your host for Sunday Service. We will gather every Sunday in the name of Americana Music, to both worship our founders, and preach about new artists that you need to know. Every Sunday, I’ll catch you up on new Americana releases from the founders of folk, introduce you to emerging roots artists, and feature exclusive studio interviews & performances. It’s a look at the week that was in Americana music, and Sunday IS the day of rest, so let me provide the soundtrack.
Hear Sunday Service: 9am / 9pm ET on SiriusXM’s North Americana
Sunday December 16th & 23rd, 2018:
- Whitehorse – December’s Children
- Whitehorse – Merry Xmas, Baby (I Hope You Get What You Deserve)
- The Mavericks – Hey! Merry Christmas
- Jessica Mitchell – Blue Christmas
- Ronnie Hawkins – Christmas Must Be Tonight
- Megan Bonnell – Santa Needs a Santa
- John Prine – Christmas in Prison
- Harrow Fair – Maybe This Christmas
- Daniel Wesley – Our First Christmas
- Willie Nelson – Frosty the Snowman
- The O ‘Pears – A Candle Burned
- Johnny Cash – The Little Drummer Boy
- The Matinee – Star Wars Christmas
- Oh Susana – After The Holidays
- The Old 97’s – I Believe in Santa Clause
Episode #4: A Holiday Theme
To wrap up 2018 with a bow, we’re celebrating the holidays with a festive playlist filled with holiday tunes from some of our North Americana artists.
Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland from Whitehorse drop by to talk about their new holiday album, A Whitehorse Winter Classic. The nine-song collection includes seven originals and a few classic covers like ‘Blue Christmas’ and the Pretenders’ ‘2000 Miles’.
Luke and Melissa also talk about their biggest moment of 2018 (or they’re entire career) when they shared the stage with the likes of Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Sarah Harmer celebrating Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall before it closed down for renovations.
They’ve graced the stage many times as a band:
The Old 97’s “Love The Holidays”
The Old 97’s have released their first collection of original Christmas songs!
This episode will feature a chat with Rhett Miller of the band! He says:
“The idea had been in the back of my mind for a few years, but the band was really uncomfortable with the idea of me trying to write songs for it…My side of the argument was that I wasn’t really interested in treading old ground, being an interpreter of old Christmas songs that have all been done a million times.”
He was convinced to include one classic, a rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ which closes out ‘Love the Holidays.’
He assures Rolling Stone:
“A lot of the time when bands make Christmas records or, god forbid, someone does something geared towards children, it’s almost seen as a dirty ploy to take money from parents or holiday revelers,” he says. “[But] I think we’re at a point where everybody knows we’re not trying get rich. For god’s sake, I’m the only Old 97’s member not in his fifties. If we’ve gotten this far without any real wealth, I think we’ll be fine.”
Enjoy the show, and please let me know what you think @BurkeTalks on Twitter.
Listen Live: https://player.siriusxm.ca/live/NorthAmericana