Greetings from a surprisingly snowy Nashville, TN. Being from Chicago, we’re used to cold weather, but this is kind of startling for this part of the country. It’s bitter cold, windy and white. Definitely perfect for getting in the mood for Christmas.

We’re very excited to be performing at our favorite coffee shop, Ugly Mugs, this Saturday the 18th at 7:00. It’s sure to be a great night. We’ve assembled a line-up that includes Zach and Josh from The Farewell Drifters and one of our favorite singer-songwriters (and close friend) Rhona Kelley. We’ll be doing an ecclectic blend of traditional and obscure Christmas songs as a big group. We hope to see you there as this is unfortunately our ONLY Christmas show this year!

It’s been a wild year for us. Watch for a 2010 wrap up newsletter some time around the 1st of the year. Hard to believe Spiritual Songs by The Wayside is almost one year old! I have a feeling it will smash cake all over it’s own face at the little party I have in my own mind this New Years Eve.

Which reminds me… it’s not too late to take advantage of our special bulk offer. $60 for 10 copies, signed if you want, postage included. That’s more than half off the retail price, and they make great Christmas gifts. If you get me your order by the end of the day this Friday I will make sure the orders get in the mail in time to get to you before Christmas eve. Email (which also works for PayPal payments) and I’ll get on it. We also have some T-shirts and some of the 7″ vinyl records left too.

Mostly I just wanted to wish you a happy Christmas and let you know how much your support and friendship means to us. We hope this is your best Christmas yet, and that the reality of the Incarnation brings true peace and joy to your heart this season.


John and Michelle

(The Wayside)

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“Few bands can span styles and generations to keep a diverse room of rock, folk, indie, gospel, and country fans glued to the stage. Having The Wayside perform at our venue’s two-show anniversary celebration was a fitting tribute to our five years of musical transcendence. The band seems as though they’d be equally at home in a coffeehouse, pub, church, or club. Their own songs sound like they should be covered, and their cover songs sound like their own. Mixing intelligent songwriting with Michelle’s haunting melodies, John’s vocal and instrumental ingenuity, and some of the best backing players that Nashville has to offer, something special can happen on any given night. It did here.”  Jeremy Gudauskas, The Union – Naperville IL

“The songs, performances, acoustic and electric instruments (including dobro- which I do love so) coupled with “we did this in a big living-room with sincerity” vibe is plain fetching not to mention edifying.”  Glenn Kaiser, GlennKaiserOnline (Blog)

“…the duo especially shines on a breathtaking reading of “Psalm 51” and the Americana-styled “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior.” Yet the true gem lies in a country cover of Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me, Lord?,” soaked in a country/blues sentiment and a surrender-filled sense of spiritual fulfillment.”  Andy Argyrakis, Christianity Today

Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea Nashville, TN Sat Dec 18 10 07:00 PM
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