Thanksgiving Playlist

If you’re like me, you’ve already loaded up your CD player and devices with Christmas music; but today you should give it a rest. Celebrate Thanksgiving with some classic Americana on the stereo.

Here are a few listening recommendations to accompany your time in the kitchen and at the table.

A Harvest Home (Cantus) – a recording of one of their annual Thanksgiving with Cantus NPR broadcasts.

Harvest Home (Dale Warland Singers) – Beautifully sung Americana in lovely choral settings.

Blue Wheat (Dale Warland Singers) – More Americana from Dale Warland et al.

Saints Bound For Heaven (Alice Parker/Melodious Accord) – A collection of Alice’s settings of folk songs, spirituals, and hymns.

The Stephen Foster Songbook (Robert Shaw Chorale) – Parker/Shaw tackle the great Stephen Foster.

The Hi-Lo’s Happen to Folk Songs (The Hi-Lo’s) – really, anything by the Hi-Lo’s is great and sounds like America to me.

There are two radio programs to stream from Minnesota Public Radio: Thanksgiving with Cantus and Giving Thanks.

Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, John Williams, George Gershwin – what sounds like America to you this Thanksgiving? Let me know!