Sunday, 2 December 2012

Advent Country Music Countdown 2012


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CountryRoutesNews Blog wishes to thank all those that have visited the site during 2012 and taken an interest in the posts.
With best wishes and with the Christmas Season now upon us, every day from (Saturday 1 December) until Christmas Eve Monday Dec 24) , readers will be able to enjoy some seasonal tracks with an Advent Countdown with tracks ranging from from well known names in country music to Independent Country/Bluegrass/Singer-songwriter and Cajun artists from across the world.

The music will range from the sublime to fun to serious and some traditional naff songs that may bring smiles or have you reaching for the mute button!

"Deep in December, the year has grown old
The days have grown dark and the nights have turned cold
And the hurts that we harbor, the debts that we owe
Are sleeping down under a blanket of snow
- "Northern Lights" (Gretchen Peters) 

December 23 (2 Days to Go)
Canadian country artist Patricia ConroyIts Almost Christmas” >> Audio Link
There is one of my absolute favourite upbeat Christmas singles.
It’s available on the compilation album A Canadian Country Christmas  ( Track 17 )
Audio CD (Aug 18 2008) Label: Universal Music Group

It's almost Christmas
It's almost here
It's almost Christmas
The whole world's shiny
Everything's bright
I've never seen such a beautiful sight
It's almost Christmas

Nicolette Larson "One Bright Star" (Taken From Country Christmas Various artists 1999)

December 22 (3 Days to Go)
Suzy BoggussThrough Your Eyes”  >>  Audio Link

Australian Country singer Tania KernaghanO Christmas Bush"
(Taken from 2 track Single "Dunroamin'Station" 1997)  >>  Audio Link

December 21 (4 Days to Go)
Amy Grant  Breath Of Heaven” (Mary's Song)
The Christmas Collection (2008)

Beth Nielsen Chapman  Ave Maria” (Taken from the album HYMNS)

December 20 (5 Days to Go)
Mindy Smith  I Know the Reason” (Taken from the album  My Holiday album 2007)

Nancy Beaudette “Silence Tonight” (Taken from the 2012 album Fa La La / Moonlit Pond Records)

December 19 (6 Days to Go)
Collin RayeIt Could Happen Again”  >> Audio Link

December 18 (7 Days to Go)
Gretchen Peters  Song for a Winter's Night” (Taken from the 2008 album Northern Lights / Scarlet Letter Records)

December 17 (8 Days to Go)
Gary BurrI Try To Think About Egg Nog” (Taken from Turner South Happy Holidays 2001 Live from The Bluebird Cafe)   >>  Audio Link

December 16 (9 Days to Go)
Australian country singer Gina Jeffreys  Christmas Wish”
Recorded in 1999, her Christmas album includes some of the most beautiful versions of Christmas carols available today.

December 15 (10 Days to Go)
Kathy Mattea  The Star” (Taken from the album Good News / Universal Music Catalogue)

December 14 (11 Days to Go)
Jim Brickman  Thanksgiving” (Taken from the 2007 album HOMECOMING / Label SLG)

December 13 (12 Days to Go)
Lonestar  Reason For The Season” (Taken from the album This Christmas Time 2000 / BNA Records)

December 12 (13 Days to Go)
Mary Chapin CarpenterHot Buttered Rum”  >>  Audio Link

December 11 (14 Days to Go)
Lee Ann Womack  The Season For Romance”  (Taken from the 2002 album The Season For Romance MCA Nashville) >>  Audio Link

December 10 (15 Days to Go)
Phil Vassar  Santa's Gone Hollywood” >>  Audio Link
(Taken from the 2011 album / RODEOWAVE ENTERTAINMENT)

Sammy Kershaw  Frosty The Snowman” (Taken from the 2012 album Sammy Klaus Christmas / Mri Associated)  >>  Audio Link

December 9 (16 Days to Go)
Gene Autry  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Taken from the 2001 album CHRISTMAS 16 Biggest Hits / Columbia / Catalog # CK 86206)

December 8 (17 Days to Go)
Garth Brooks “The Gift” (Taken from the album Beyond The Season 1992 / Liberty Records)

December 7 (18 Days to Go)
Eve SelisGifts”  >>  Audio Link

December 6 (19 Days to Go)
Bob DiPiero & Al Anderson-01-Jingle Bell Rock (Taken from Turner South Happy Holidays 2001 Live from The Bluebird Cafe)
A promotional holiday offering includes performances by Vince Gill, Rivers Rutherford, Roxie Dean and Gary Burr. >>  Audio Link

December 5 (20 Days to Go)
Peterborough, Ontario artist Elyse Saunders “Eleven Crystal Angels” >>  YouTube 

December 4 (21 Days to Go)
4)  Joey+Rory - Cheater Cheater sleighbell mix  >> Audio Link

Gord Bamford “Baseball Glove” >>  YouTube
 Gretchen Peters shares her grandmother Adele's "Hot Water Gingerbread" recipe. “You can top it with homemade whipped cream if you like, but really it's amazing all by itself. It's very easy to make, seriously delicious and will make your whole house smell like Christmas" says the singer-songwriter

Adele's Hot Water Gingerbread

1 cup butter & shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup blackstrap molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 eggs
3 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder

Beat all ingredients together with electric beater. Bake @ 350° in two square pans or one oblong pan for 45 minutes or until knife comes clean.

About Advent time – It is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. 
Advent Wreath Decoration
The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming."
At least in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Presbyterian and Methodist calendars, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, which is the Sunday from November 27 to December 3 inclusive

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