Some of your favorite local songwriters, a couple pleasant oddball surprises and one country mega star will appear on this year's Holiday HAAM Jam album, a follow-up to last year's immensely successful collection of holiday songs by local artists.
This year, intending to more than double the $10,000 raised through last year's album sales, the HAAM team has chosen the strongest 18 tracks from the hundreds that were submitted online, constituting a nice blend of standard favorites and new classics.
Highlights from this year's Holiday HAAM Jam are Guy Forsyth singing "Christmas in the Trenches," Asleep at the Wheel's song "Merry Christmas Texas Y'all," White Ghost Shivers doing a song called "Santa's Sack," The Invincible Czars rendition of "The Russian Dance" from The Nutcracker, Carolyn Wonderland's version of "Silent Night" and a new version of Clint Black's song "Milk and Cookies."
The artists are currently recording their tracks with producer Mark Addison at The Arie recording studio to have them ready in time for the Nov. 20 release date — just in time for holiday shopping for the hard-to-please Texas music lover. There will also be an album release party at Antone's on Dec. 12, featuring live performances from many of the artists on the album.
The Holiday HAAM Jam is still accepting submissions for cover art for this year's album. Entries can be submitted online; the winning entry will be featured on the album covers as well as on the Public Art Wall outside of Frank Restaurant downtown.
Fall is definitely a busy time of year for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Its two major annual traditions, HAAM Benefit Day and the Holiday HAAM Jam, raise the bulk of its funds for the coming year and land in the months of October and November.
You can show your support for Austin's music tradition by participating in HAAM Benefit Day (Oct. 2), or just getting into the holiday groove with some of Austin's favorite artists.