The ending of John's arrangement of "I Surrender All" can be heard on this TV commercial for The Healing Place, which ran earlier this year in Louisville, Kentucky.
Special thanks to Becca Owsley, who wrote a feature story on Fruitcake with Nuts. Find in the Pulse section of the Friday, December 16 edition. Or, read it online at http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/john-baumgardners-latest-cd-chock-full-nuts
This past Friday, Amy, John, bassist Steve Hall, singer Becky Miller, and drummer Darrel Cotten taped a performance for WAVE-TV 3's Annual Sounds of the Season show. The annual Christmas show features performances of vocalists and musicians from the Louisville area. The show will run on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 6:00 a.m., with other times to be determined.
Mark your calendars! Next Tuesday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m., Markita will sing with John on Great Day Live, the new morning TV show on WHAS 11. After an on-air interview with hosts Rachel Platt and Terry Meiners, they'll perform one of the songs from Fruitcake with Nuts - LIVE.
John teams up with long-time friends and altos, Amy Hueneman and Markita Conner to form John Baumgardner & the Paper Doll Baptists. Their long-awaited Christmas record, Fruitcake with Nuts, is on sale today.
Five years ago, John began selecting songs for the project, hoping to create a collection of non-traditional arrangements of traditional Christmas songs.
“I hope that when someone hears one of the songs, they know it sounds familiar, but it takes a few seconds before they can place it,” he explained.
What John didn’t set out to do was include so many genres. After the arrangements were complete, John named the CD Fruitcake with Nuts for the sole reason it sounded fun. It wasn’t until after he played the songs for his sister that he realized how many genres he included and how fitting the title actually was. “It has a little bit of everything thrown into it,” she pointed out. “Is that why you named it Fruitcake with Nuts?”
“Ummmm… sure!” John replied.