Not Your Grandma’s Holiday Album

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25 L.A.-based Musicians Create a Unique Holiday Collection for a Worthy Cause

This album uniquely represents cornerstones of American roots music with an organic funky beat that will have even the most uptight office holiday partiers dancing and clapping whether or not the eggnog is spiked.

25 musicians from the Los Angeles area have donated their time and talents to the creation of a unique and eclectic holiday mix in the styles of jazz, rock, funk, gospel--- and even chipmunks.

Produced by Jon McBride of DogTown Gris Gris, the project was developed to showcase the talents of a tight-knit network of musicians surrounding the Venice, Calif.-based New Orleans-style funk band, The Gumbo Brothers. All proceeds from The Gumbo Family Holiday Album benefit the successful mentorship and fitness program for at-risk youth, Students Run LA.

With its opening of Tchaikovsky’s “Sugar Plum Fairy”: recorded entirely in traditional New Orleans brass band style (with Critical Brass, Jon McBride and Matthew DeMerrit) and second-line drumming by Metairie, Louisiana native, Marc Joseph, we are taken off the streets of Venice, Calif. and right into the heart of the French Quarter.

West Hollywood diva, Kim Yarbrough offers a thundering funky gospel version of “What Month Was Jesus Born In?” from Langston Hugh’s “Black Nativity” and made famous by the late Odetta.

Jazz vocalist and NPR’s Prairie Home Companion favorite, Inga Swearingen, brings a masterful update to the classic, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and sings an unusual addition to the holiday songbook, Horace Silver’s “Peace”.

Fast-forward to The Gumbo Brothers organ-soaked version of “Merry Christmas Baby” by Big Easy song-writer, Charles Brown, and the depth of this collaboration becomes clear. This album uniquely represents cornerstones of American roots music with an organic funky beat that will have even the most uptight office holiday partiers dancing and clapping whether or not the eggnog is spiked.

The 15-song album concludes with a captivating a cappella version of Silent Night that incorporates the talents of nine singers arranged and produced by Los Angeles Master Chorale member, Kristen Toedtman and McBride.

“Arranging this unique collection of songs knowing I had such a talented and diverse group of musicians to work with has been a gift,” said McBride. “I am thrilled to present my favorite holiday songs with a bayou-tinged twist to support a great cause.”

The Gumbo Family Holiday Album features the talents of The Gumbo Brothers, Inga Swearingen, Kristen Toedtman, Sugarlick, Kim Yarbrough, Vin Caggiano, Benjamin J., The Modeens, Critical Brass, and Matthew DeMerritt, among others.
For more information or to purchase the CD or a download of the album, visit: http://www.thegumbobrothers.com.

For more information on some of the artists, visit:

Kristen Toedtman - http://www.kristentoedtman.com
Kim Yarbrough - http://www.kimyarbrough.com
Inga Swearingen - http://www.ingaswearingen.com
Matt DeMerritt - http://www.mattdemerritt.com
Marc Joseph http://www.marcjoseph.net

About DogTown Gris Gris
DogTown Gris Gris is a music production and publishing company headed by producer/composer, Jon McBride. Located in Venice, Calif., the company brings organic, simple and honest musical sensibility to all productions. Whether the moment calls for a funky groove, a clever lyric, or the subtle revelation of a poignant emotion, DogTown Gris Gris blends a solid foundation of roots music with a modern sound and strong dedication to craft. Jon McBride is a Berklee School of Music Graduate, composer, producer, arranger, saxophone player, piano player, organ player and a damn fine cowbell player. McBride recently scored and produced the title track to Enlightenment Films’ “The Green Goddess”.

Media Contact:
Kristen Pulsifer
310.913.5155

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