A Holiday Playlist To Please Any Party-Going Crowd

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We asked our favorite local bluegrass duo – Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange – for their favorite holiday tunes perfect for that long drive to visit family or a party. (And when you need a break from seasonal sounds, put on their new album “Blindfaller” that was recorded at The Rubber Room studio here in town and released this fall.)

Photo by Scott McCormick

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Amy Grant

My family always rocked Amy Grant Christmas [music] around the house, so this is definitely a nostalgic choice. It makes me feel 8 years old again. –Andrew

“Christmas Without You” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

This is one of the only Christmas albums we own on vinyl. Do yourself a favor and also watch the video for this one. –Andrew

“Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

The [A Charlie Brown Christmas] album is the only Christmas album that absolutely never gets old. Definitely our No. 1. –Emily

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by The Jackson 5

It just makes you bob your head and wear a stink face. So good. –Andrew

“The Chipmunk Song” by Alvin and The Chipmunks

I’ve always had a thing for Alvin and The Chipmunks (my first CD was Alvin and The Chipmunks covering country hits). My family listens to this compilation Christmas album on repeat during all of December. –Emily

“The Bells of Christmas (Greensleeves)” by Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra must have the definitive version of so many Christmas songs. It was hard to choose one song, but I like the minor songs. –Emily

“Act II: Sugarplum Fairy” from George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”

Every year my family goes to see “The Nutcracker” ballet before Christmas at Memorial Hall. It’s the best way to do something fun together to get in the Christmas spirit. This is some of my favorite Christmas music. –Emily

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