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Christmas All Over Town 

CDs, release parties and reissues for the season

* The folks from The Evening Muse have put together a Christmas CD featuring local and regional acts performing a mix of traditional holiday classics and original tunes. The project began with "Christmas in July," a two-day recording session held at the Muse this past summer. The disc, titled A Christmas Evening at the Muse, features a total of 16 tracks from acts including Tom Constanten, The Goldenrods, Tesser, justincase, Memphis Quick 50, Chris Cooper, Green Light and Mary Fagan. The material was engineered, mixed and mastered by the Muse's own Joe Kuhlmann. All proceeds from the disc will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Toys For Tots. A Release Party will be held 8pm Saturday, December 15 at the Muse. Live performances will take place throughout the night by several of the artists featured on the disc, including David Childers, Chris English, Jay Garrigan, Violet Strange and Les Dirt Clods. Admission is free, but anyone who atttends is encouraged to bring canned food or new, unwrapped toys for the benefiting organizations. For more details, call the Muse at 704-376-3737 or visit www.queencitymusic.com/theeveningmuse.

* In keeping with the holiday spirit, Jackie Jackson has reissued Merry Christmas. . .with love from Fred Jackson. The holiday CD by her late husband, along with his two other releases, are available at The Record Exchange, Borders, Ernie's, Little Professor and Brodt Music.

* Status Flow (www.sflow.com) and Eleven Foot Seven (www.11foot7.com) both celebrated the release of their new albums last week. Status Flow's release is self-titled and Pacify My Mind is the title of the latest from Eleven Foot Seven.

* Tom Eure Jr will host a CD Release Party at the Muse for his latest project, Breathe In/Breathe Out, on Wednesday, December 19. The material was recorded and mixed at Sherwood Studio in Morganton, NC. Additional musicians/vocalists that appear on the disc include Dale Meyer, David Johnson, Lori Eure and Chris & Lynn Rosser -- some of whom will be on hand to perform with Eure at the show. For more info, go to www.tomeure.com.

* Robot vs. Rabbit have completed their latest album, Trading the Devil for the Witch: An Experience with Salvia. According to Mark Hepp of the band, the material has been submitted to various labels. In the meantime, a Slovenia-based label, Debila Records, will release a limited edition (100 copies) of the band's disc, The Articles of High Treason. Mp3s of the new material are available on the band's website, www.robotvsrabbit.com.

* Singer/guitarist Eric Gilstrap has parted ways with his band of six years, Borghal Rantipole. Currently, he's playing the occasional solo gig and says a new band may be in the works.

* Keith Watson of Obey Bizar and Billy Grey of Method 51 have moved to Atlanta to join Rich Ward and Bud Fontsere (formerly of Stuck Mojo) in their new project, Sick Speed (www.sickspeed.net). Watson will be pulling double duty, also playing bass for Fozzy (www.fozzyrock.com), which is fronted by Chris Jericho from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Both acts are scheduled to appear at the NAMM showcase in Los Angeles in January.

* Eric Lovell will celebrate the release of his new CD The Long Road at the Muse on Friday, December 28. Lovell, who also plays guitar/sitar with the David Childers Band, handles the mandolin, dobro, organ, bass, drums, pedal steel, harmonica, melodica and vocals on the album. For more details, go to www.ericlovell.com.

* Frocky Jack recently assembled a recording section as part of their Sticky Gum Records. Eric Cavanaugh of the band says we can expect to hear lots of new material in 2002. In addition to working on their next full-length release, they'll also be working with local and regional acts to put out samplers of unreleased material. Anyone interested in being considered for one of the projects can e-mail doombilly@yahoo.com.

* Nasty Promotions raised $2500 at their annual holiday benefit show which was held at Tremont Music Hall on Saturday, December 1. Nasty president Tracie Nasta says this year's total, which benefited the Americare Heroes Fund, exceeded the amount raised last year. Over 400 people were in attendance.

* The annual American Traditions Competition, a vocal competition open to all ages, and which requires no formal voice training, will be held March 1-10, 2002 during the Savannah Onstage International Arts Festival in Savannah, GA. To enter, vocalists can call 912-236-5745 or visit www.savannahonstage.org. Deadline for entry applications is December 28.

* Raleigh-based Deep South, in association with Epic Records, hosted a showcase earlier this week at the Lincoln Theatre (located in Raleigh). Apparently, Epic is in the process of scouting for local talent, and they approached Deep South to help in the selection and logistics of the showcase. Revelation Darling, Far Too Jones, Sankofa, Brown, Runaway Cab and Weekend Excursion were among those who were scheduled to perform. *

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