Twelve Songs of Christmas: Day Five


December 19, 2011

Song #5: Away in a Manger

Leeann’s Pick: Kelly Willis and Wylie Gustafson

A search of my iTunes indicates that I like many versions of this song, but the one that stands out the most to me is from a compilation called Christmas Trail by Wylie Gustafson and Kelly Willis. The mix of rootsy production, Willis’ twang and Gustafson’s Orbison-like harmony is impossible to resist.

Sam’s Pick: Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand

It’s hard to find a Christmas album that doesn’t have a version of “Away in the Manger,” but this may be the only reggae-grass version in existence. Shupe, a Utah-based musician, had a little mainstream success with an album on Capitol in 2005, but the RubberBand continues to record and tour to this day.

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  1. bobNo Gravatar says:

    I like some Shupe – “Dream Big” was great – but didn’t care for this effort. Never heard Leeann’s pick before but I like it.

  2. Matt BNo Gravatar says:

    Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand are absolutely HUGE in Utah/mountains area. I saw many of their recordings there when visiting some family last year for Christmas.

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