Local music: A Very Ohio Christmas compilation

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

'Tis the season to sing and be jolly, but the holidays are also a time to help those in need. This Christmas, 16 Ohio bands are joining forces to combine those musical and charitable pursuits.

"A Very Ohio Christmas" compiles 16 unreleased Christmas songs by Ohio artists - some classics, but mostly originals - as a fundraiser for Gracehaven House, a nonprofit that helps the victims of commercial sex trafficking in Central Ohio.

It's the handiwork of Robert Duffy and Joel Oliphint, respectively the founder and Columbus editor of Columbus-based music blog Donewaiting, along with Joe Long from Cincinnati's Each Note Secure blog.

Last summer, the bloggers approached some of their favorite Ohio bands about recording new Christmas music. Most responded by writing and recording new tracks, including notable Columbus bands such as Phantods, Super Desserts and Moviola.

Brainbow chimed in with an extra-chilly rendition of "O Holy Night." Bicentennial Bear penned the humorous but heartfelt "All I Want for Christmas (is an Afghan Whigs Reunion)." Columbus rock icons Colin Gawel and Marcy Mays teamed up for "Try a Little Faith."

Acts from Athens (Southeast Engine's Adam Remnant), Cleveland (The Celebrity Pilots) and Cincinnati (You, You're Awesome) also contributed.

James Allison at Electraplay Studios lent a hand too, recording a handful of the bands and mastering the final product. And poster artist Clinton Reno provided complimentary artwork.

Besides being a cool capsule of Christmas creativity, it's raising hundreds of dollars for Gracehaven.

"This one seemed like one that was pretty easy to get behind," Oliphint said of Gracehaven. "Sex trafficking people is bad, no matter what your political affiliation."

Fans can buy the album for $10 at ohiochristmas.bandcamp.com.

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A Very Ohio Christmas