Gulf Coast Cowboy Hour December 21st Playlist

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KBEC is proud to bring you another little break in the middle of your busy week! Nothing says "Christmas" like a little sunshine and seawater.

The playlist for the December 21st show is as follows:

  1. Time Loves a Hero / Little Feat (featuring Jimmy Buffett)
  2. Grandma Got Run Over By a Redneck / Eric Stone
  3. Santa's Gone Nascar / Brent Burns
  4. Gulf Coast Highway / Jim Morris
  5. Keep Texas Beautiful / Jerry Jeff Walker
  6. 12 Days of Snowbird Christmas / Brent Burns
  7. Gulf Coast Day / Jerry Diaz and Hanna's Reef
  8. What I Like About Texas / Jerry Jeff Walker with Gary P. Nunn
  9. Dear Abby / John Prine
  10. Christmas Vacation / Brent Burns
  11. Let It...  Slip Away / Jimi Pappas
  12. Tin Cup Chalice / Jimmy Buffett
  13. Texas Moon / Gene Mitchell

Little Feat was formed in 1969 by Lowell George, Bill Payne, Roy Estrada, and Richie Hayward.  George and Estrada had been veterans of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention.  Payne had played with the group, but did not officially join.  Little Feat went through many, many incarnations and played many, many different kinds of music over the years.  "Time Loves a Hero" is from the band's 2008 Join the Band album, which is a set of collaborations with artists like Bob Seger, Emmylou Harris, and (of course) Jimmy Buffett.

The Eric Stone Band included "Grandma Got Run Over By a Redneck" on their 2005 album, Great White Christmas.

We can't get enough Brent Burns!  "Santa's Gone Nascar" is from his 2004 album, Christmas Vacation, and features the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church choir.  You can read more about Brent here.

Jim Morris included this song on his 2002 album, The Floating Opera.  The song was inspired by his previous live album, The Gulf Coast Highway Tour. You can read more about Jim here.

Jerry Jeff Walker is a man who needs no introduction, but he's such an interesting guy we have to mention a few things!  He has lived - and is living again - the troubadour's life.  Walker was the kid who stuck out his thumb and hitchhiked from his home in upstate New York to Key West, FL, where he later introduced some guy named Jimmy Buffett to the pleasures of island living.  He really did sing for pocket change alongside Mr. Bonjangles in New Orleans, he really did busk across Canada with only a six-string and a motorcycle, and he really did sing folk songs in the dingy cafes and bars of Greenwich Village.  This version of "Keep Texas Beautiful" is from the 2006 Best of the Rest, Vol. 2 album.  You can read more about Jerry Jeff here.

We liked the Brent Burns's Christmas Vacation CD so much we decided to play three songs off of it for our 1st Gulf Coast Cowboy Hour not-so-annual Christmas special!  We guarantee that, if we do this next year, we will be borrowing more tracks from this compilation of great Christmas spoofs!

It wouldn't be Christmas without Texas's own Gulf Coast Party Band!  "Gulf Coast Day" is from the latest CD from Jerry Diaz and Hanna's Reef, Home on the Gulf Coast.  You can read more about Jerry here.

"What I Like About Texas" is the national anthem of Troubadour Communications and KBEC 1390 Classic Texas Music!  Recorded live at the Armadillo in Austin, TX, this song is on the Viva Terlingua CD.  This song sums up all the greatness of the Lonestar State and its state of mind!

"Dear Abby" represents the Gulf Coast Cowboy humor at its best and kind of sums up how we make it through the holidays by changing our looks and attitudes in life.  John Prine included this song on his Prime Prine album.  We encourage our listeners to check out Prine's fan page!

Okay, by now you know the drill!  We copped out looking up all the Christmas songs from all the Caribbean, Trop Rock, and Gulf Coast Cowboy acts and just decided to give Brent's CD the majority of air time for tonight's show.  Blame it on the KBEC Christmas party (not that we're complaining, we love the CD!).

Jimi Pappas is a singer, songwriter, dummer, and guitarist all in one person.  Hailing from Orlando, FL, Jimi is known for his soulful renditions of James Taylor tunes as well as his solo acoustic act where he plays everything from the Beatles to Jimmy Buffett.  For his first time on the Gulf Coast Cowboy Hour, we picked a song from his 2009 This Trip album.

Jimmy Buffett's "Tin Cup Chalice" represents all that is right about Gulf Coast Cowboy Music.  Time to sail down to Mallory Square and watch the sun go down on the Gulf, a magical place where all the street vendors entertain for the thrill of the crowds and the pleasure of the sun, beach, and climate!

"Texas Moon" just seems like the natural way to end our Christmas salute to taking the stress out of the season and putting the emphasis on chillin' out.  This song is from Gene Mitchell.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a great KNIGHT!