They're not exactly a partridge in a pear tree, but one local band has made the Christmas dozen. For the past six years, 12 bands from the Central Savannah River Area each record one song for a Christmas CD and then come together for a concert in the Imperial Theater. Monies from the sale of the CDs and concert tickets benefit the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center. This year's CD features Thomson's own Crosstie Walkers.
"We were happy to do it, and I am happy to have the opportunity to play at the Imperial," said Don Powers, a vocalist and guitar player for the band. "It's really for a good cause and the concert is usually sold out."
Other band members include lead vocalist Charlie Knox, guitar, bass, mandolin and harmonica player Tommy Powers, drummer Greg Purvis and lead guitar and vocalist Scott Roberts. In their 16 years together, the band has produced four full-length recordings of a variety of music.
For their 12 Bands of Christmas recording, they go back a few years with their take on "Red Lights," a traditional holiday arrangement originally written and recorded by the Athens New Wave band, Dreams So Real. Crosstie's version of the song features a mandolin line combined with a surf-guitar-twang guitar break.
"It's early 80s music, kind of jingly-jangly, kind of pop music. It's a great Christmas song," Don Powers said.
When arranging their song for the CD, the Crosstie members included a verse for their own children to sing. There are 17 children between all the band members, and all of them, ages 2-19-years-old, are on the recording and will be on stage at the concert.
"The Imperial is such a great theater and it was such a great opportunity to create a memory for those kids," Mr. Powers said.
Other bands on this year's version of 12 Bands of Christmas are: Whosehouse ("Silverbells"), Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band ("Red and Yellow, Black and White"), Grady Nickel ("Decoration Day"), Greg Hester ("Back Door Santa"), Jennifer Daniels ("O Holy Night"), Swanee Quintet ("In Bethlehem"), Say Vandelay ("Last Christmas"), Debt of Nature ("Santa Clause is DUI of Love"), G-City Rockers ("Up On the House Top"), 48Volt ("Lights on the Boulevard"), and Ed Turner and Number 9 ("Christmas Time is Here Again/My Sweet Lord").
The 12 Bands of Christmas CD is available for $12 at Circle K stores around the area, Borders Books and Barnes & Noble.
The concert is at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21. Tickets are $15.