Country Christmas vol. VI!

December 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · By

The Sixth Annual Country Christmas show is happening tonight at The Southern! Country Christmas is one of my favorite annual Charlottesville traditions, much like Mass Sabbath every Halloween… and as usual, they’ve put together a great bill for the winter solstice. Sarah writes: “In case there was any doubt, the show goes on despite the snow!”

First up is Old Calf, aka the duo of Ned Oldham and Matty Metcalf. I haven’t caught their show yet, although I have seen Ned play solo, and he did a nice bit of sincere, austere folky stuff.  Next on the bill: Sarah White and Sian Richards are the Acorn Sisters! Sarah you may know from her more rock/country-ish work with the Pearls, but she’s also established a well-deserved local reputation with the Acorn Sisters (pictured above), in which she and Sian play awesome old gospel and folk tunes, harmonize sweetly, and crack jokes on each other between songs. Definitely not to be missed. Heading up the bill at the end of the night are Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees, who for my money are the best country act in town. Jim’s solo residency (sometimes with Charlie) at the Blue Moon every Wednesday has become quite familiar to me a this point, but I haven’t seen the full band play since last spring, so it’ll be great to see them all onstage tonight.

Doors are at 7:30, the show starts at 8:30, and the cover is $10. The show is also a benefit for the Thomas Jefferson Area Food Bank, so in addition to a chunk of the cover charge going in that direction, they will also be collecting donations of canned goods at the door: apparently the “Most needed canned food items include: cereals, pastas and sauces, canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, and shelf-stable milk.” So clear out that cupboard (or stop by the store) and bring some food to help the hungry while you enjoy some awesome Holiday cheer.

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