Our Community Place in Harrisonburg releases Christmas CD

Our Community Place in Harrisonburg has released its second fund-raising Christmas CD, just in time for the holidays.

Officially debuted at the OCP Christmas concert, with record artists performing live, this latest fund-raising album, “Our Christmas Present: Volume II,” features some of the finest musical talent in the area—as well as nationally-known acts.

Artists returning from the first Christmas CD include: Scott Christopher Murray, Jessie Trainum, Greg Ward, The Trail Band, Trent Wagler and The Steel Wheels, and Erin Johnson (as a solo act this time). Joshua Vana, The Judy Chops, Everett Streete (EVER-G), Cutch Tuttle, Nicholas Melas, The Clymer Kurtz Band, Phillip St. Ours (with Thunder Ten Tronckh), and Bob Driver are all new to the project this year.

Out of 15 official tracks on the record, six are originals, five popular, and four traditional. Genres include folk, bluegrass, reggae, rock, and blues—some are instrumentals. Three of the tracks were recorded live at last year’s benefit concert.

The fund-raising Christmas CD is a way for the community to help OCP continue making Harrisonburg and its environs a better place. OCP makes a place for those who have nowhere else to go, and is growing a community for all. With the generous help of the community OCP provides: three meals a day, seven days a week to “anyone in the world”; daily and weekly classes and activities and recovery meetings; a works program; and a recovery program at their farm in New Market.

Copies of the CD are $15 each, and as a special offer, the 2008 CD is just $10 when purchased together. More information can be found by visiting www.ourcommunityplace.org/present/.

Copies are available at OCP (17 E. Johnson St. in Harrisonburg) and through several fine retail outlets: Little Grill Collective, Gift & Thrift, Earth & Tea Cafe, Blue Nile, Clementine Cafe, Shenandoah Bicycle Company, Laughing Dog Productions, Hardesty-Higgins House, and The Center; in Staunton, Coffee on the Corner, The Darjeeling Cafe, or The Sacred Circle; in Charlottesville, Sidetracks Music; and in Lovingston, Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books.

All proceeds go to support Our Community Place, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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