Apparently, the December People started as a December Person, in particular a chap named Robert Barry. His mission was to decorate traditional Holiday hymns with more modern and rockin' arrangements, making them more accessible to modern audiences. Since 2001, he has welcomed many veteran rockers aboard his project and this year, the group's fourth album has been released. The results are that each song sounds vaguely or obviously familar on two fronts: as a Christmas carol and as a classic rock song or facsimile of a classic artist's or group's sound. Just by that description alone, I know hundreds of viewers have already tuned out but for us omnivorous Holiday music fans, this release provides variety if nothing else. Bottom line, if any of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra songs ring your bells, the December People will be right at home on your playlist. Here's a taste:
Each of the group's performances benfits local charities including community foodbanks. Between the five member in the band, they have nearly 150 years experience in the rock game and currently members tour with the bands and artists like Boston, The Tubes, Sammy Hagar and Greg Kihn. That's Barry on bass and vocals with Gary Pihl on guitar along with Jack Foster. On keyboards you got David Medd and behind the drums is David Lauser.
Play guess the artist they are trying to emulate with your friends and family or just kick back with your Christmas cocktail and headbang the holidays away with the musical stylings of December People. I have yet to work my way through the band's back catalog but have provided Spotify links below, from most recent to oldest. The offical web presence of December People can be found HERE.