Grandma wasn’t the only thing that got run over by a reindeer. Those hooves and sleigh left a deep set of tracks across Elmo’s musical dreams. The banjo player who hosted the Great San Francisco Bluegrass Experience was suddenly Dr. Elmo. He didn’t get to lead the bluegrass renaissance. He didn’t get to conduct the New York Philharmonic version of Camptown Races.
Remember how tired you were of Grandma after the third time you heard it? Maybe even the third verse but, Elmo’s banjo led him back to bluegrass and even back to a Christmas without even one hit-and-run fatality.
On Bluegrass Christmas, listeners will hear Dr. Elmo singing and playing his banjo on Christmas classics like Jingle Bells, Greensleeves and Deck the Halls. Grandma still gets run over by a reindeer she is the zombie movie of Christmas novelty songs but, as an instrumental. The hooves and sleigh may be a perennial holiday hazard, but this year Elmo jumped out of the way.
One of the few living recording artists of a true holiday classic, Dr. Elmo has, on the unstoppable strength of his signature song, become a Christmas tradition. His myriad live, in-studio television and radio performances are eagerly awaited seasonal highlights, and DJs phone from around the globe for on-air Christmas commentary. This year will be no different, and Dr. Elmo will also have the opportunity to talk up some of his favorite, previously unheard bluegrass tracks from the new CD, including Come on Boys It’s Christmas and the inimitable Bach classic Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.