If you’re starting to stress over finding a last-minute unique gift for the music and animal lover on your list but want to avoid the mall, the non-profit Community Arts Live has a great idea.
Some of Atlanta’s best loved recording artists, including Indigo Girls, Yacht Rock Revue, Francine Reed, Oryx and Crake, Gringo Star, Kodac Harrison and Brandon Bush, Big Mike Geer & Kingsized and others have all donated tracks to “All Creatures Great and Small: A Fine Christmas Record” CD benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society.
The project is the brainchild of Lake Claire resident and Community Arts Live founder Boyd Baker. “I remember buying a holiday compilation put out by Sister Ruby Records in 1992 and always thought it was a great way to get introduced to local talent,” he says.(That original Sister Ruby disc is now a collector’s item and features a pre-Sugarland Kristian Bush performing “The First Noel” with his old acoustic duo partner Andrew Hyra).
As expected, the fun tunes on the new “All Creatures Great and Small” compilation are an eclectic selection that reflect the diversity of our city’s music scene. For Yacht Rock Revue fans, their contribution “Christmas Vacation” features a howlingly funny sonic send up of Toto‘s 1980s classic “Rosanna” with some Bee Gees falsetto and Michael McDonald Doobie Brothers era styled crooning.
Copies of the album are just $12 a piece and are available at Wax n Facts and Criminal Records in Little Five Points, Decatur CD, all three San Francisco Coffee locations and the Best Buy locations at Edgewood, Buckhead, Perimeter, Northlake and Cumberland Mall.
It’s also available for download on the Community Arts Live website until Dec. 27.
Says Baker: So many folks have been very gracious in donating their time and talents. When I said it was for the Atlanta Humane Society, everyone was quick to jump on board.”