Dozens of Decembers

The New Christmas Recording from Jon Chandler

Jon has been mulling over producing a Christmas CD for several years, but the timing was never right. As one of 11 musicians/singers in the Denver-based Christmas “bluegrass orchestra,” Timothy P. & the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers, he’s asked repeatedly each year for recordings of his original Christmas tunes, including That’s What Christmas Means to Me, Name Him Jesus (Joseph’s Song), and A Cowboy’s Christmas, which features cowboy poet extraordinaire Baxter Black in the role of a young cowpuncher at the turn of the last century. In addition, he’s received dozens of requests for his version of Silent Night, a song co-written by one of his Austrian ancestors, Franz Gruber. In late 2014, Denver-based author, writer and film producer Colleen Smith asked Jon to record Silent Night for use in her new documentary film, Angels Alleluia. Jon and string wizard Dana Vernon entered Jeff Graves’ Roundtree Studio in Thornton, Colorado, and recorded a moving version of the classic Christmas song. At that point, Jon began recording tunes with an eye toward a long-awaited Christmas CD, enlisting Ernie Martinez to provide some of his trademark mandolin, dobro and guitar. The result is Dozens of Decembers, Jon’s first dedicated Christmas recording. The CD features Jon’s deliberately understated new version of the classic Chandler/Timothy P. Irvin Christmas song, I Want My Daddy Back, as well as the newly penned Toys, I Knew It Was True and the a capella Remember. For good measure, he re-recorded one of the Stocking Stuffer classics, I Was There When Christ Was Born. Of special interest are remastered versions of two tunes Jon, Ernie, Timothy P. and friends recorded in the late 1990’s, The House, and Pineywood Mountains. Dozens of Decembers is a down to earth collection of songs Jon’s fans have long loved, mixed with new songs that continue his tradition of deeply personal writing and extraordinary vocals. We hope you enjoy Dozens of Decembers this year, and for many holiday seasons to come.