Christmas Came Early

by Mother Banjo & Ben Cook-Feltz

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    A fresh mix of holiday tunes, featuring rocking Americana tunes and haunting folk carols.

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Minneapolis-based musicians Mother Banjo & Ben Cook-Feltz release their new holiday EP Christmas Came Early. The first formal duo project from the married songwriters, it was produced by Ben Cook-Feltz and recorded by Bob Burns of the Flamin' Oh's. The special collaboration features guest performances by their bandmates and friends, including Dan Gaarder (electric guitar), Andy Schuster (electric bass), Cole Mickelson (acoustic guitar), Eric Paulson (upright bass), Joe Olsen (drums), Sarah Morris (vocals) and Norah Rendell (Irish whistle). Ranging from rocking Americana tunes to haunting carols, the EP features lesser known holiday songs, including the African American spiritual "Go Where I Send Thee," the Mother Banjo original "Christmas Came Early" and a vibey treatment of traditional Irish tune "The Wexford Carol."

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released December 5, 2016

Produced by Ben Cook-Feltz
Engineered & Mixed by Bob Burns
Recorded October 2016 at rgb Studio in St. Paul, MN
Mastered at Hudson Studios, Inc.
Design by Emily Murphy


1. Christmas Came Early
© Ellen Stanley (So Low Songs/SESAC)
Mother Banjo - Vocals, Banjo
Ben Cook-Feltz - Vocals, Piano, Organ
Dan Gaarder - Guitar
Andy Schuster - Bass
Joe Olsen - Drums
Sarah Morris - Vocals

2. Pageantry and Poetry
American Folk Tune (Public Domain)
Lyrics by Katherine Wensberg
Ben Cook-Feltz - Vocals, Piano
Mother Banjo - Banjo
Cole Mickelson - Guitar
Eric Paulson - Bass
Norah Rendell - Irish Whistle

3. The Wexford Carol
Traditional Irish Carol (Public Domain)
Mother Banjo - Vocals
Ben Cook-Feltz - Vocals, Rhodes, Other Synthy Things

4. Go Where I Send Thee
Traditional African American Spiritual (Public Domain)
Ben Cook-Feltz - Vocals, Drums, Percussion
Mother Banjo - Vocals, Hand Claps
Joe Olsen - Drums, Percussion
Cole Mickelson - Guitar
Andy Schuster - Bass


Special thanks to Bob, Joe, Cole, Dan, Schuster, Eric, Sarah, Norah, Sam, Jess and Emily for making this project come alive. Thanks also to Beth Burns, Calvin Schuster, Jim Parker, Jim Crimmings, and all of our friends and family--past, present, and yet to come.

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Track Name: Christmas Came Early
Christmas came early this year
The lights, good cheer
And your love
You came as a gift
All shiny and new
But now it's December,
And no you

No one here but me
The cat, the car and the Christmas tree
Angels up on high
Can't you hear me cryin
I need a guiding light
I need you tonight

Christmas came early and went
The cards all sent
With your name
A photo so sweet
Same sweaters on
I should have known
Something was wrong

No one here but me
The cat, that sweater and the Christmas tree
Angels up on high
Can't you hear me cryin
I need a guiding light
I need you tonight

Christmas came early, but now
No hymns, no sound...
You took all the good CDs
And the holiday LPs
You left the crappy mixtapes,
Take them please

No one here but me
The cat, your mixes and the Christmas tree
Angels up on high
Can't you hear me cryin
I need a guiding light
I need you tonight

Christmas came early this year
The hangover, the beer
And regret
It's the last and first night
On this midnight clear
Come all ye faithful,
It's a brand new year

Come here with me
Gather round the Christmas tree
Angels up on high
I looked to the sky
I found the east star light
On this silent night
O holy night
I'm not alone tonight...