There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Excuse me miss, but do you have any…If you recognized “the sounds there of Buck Owens and His Buckaroos from the mid ’60s and ‘Blue Christmas Lights’” you are probably already hip to this week’s premier stay-at-home event—and I don’t mean Christmas. When former Washington-area resident and Johnson Mountain Boy Eddie Stubbs brings his annual holiday observance to his weekly Sunday-afternoon radio show (now “emanating from Nashville, Tenn.”), those in the know will keep close to hearth and home, warming themselves by the tape deck. This isn’t Gomer crooning “White Christmas” or Tanya Tucker mewling “Silver Bells” or some such nonsense you can find easily on a Sony Special Products $3.99 25-minute wonder. We’re talking about genuine traditional country Christmas rarities here, as Stubbs spins old 45s and 78s of classics like Stonewall Jackson’s 1966 “Mommy, Look—Santa Is Crying” or Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours’ 1954 “I’ll Be Walking the Floor This Christmas.” Stuff this maudlin is an acquired taste, to be sure, but once you’ve got a jones for Kitty Wells and Johnny Wright’s 1969 Decca single of the triple-threat (Christmas-gone-bad song, dead-baby-song, recitation) “There Won’t Be Any Tree This Christmas,” there’s no turning back. So tune in at home—whether laughing or crying you’ll spread more goodwill by staying off the roads. Broadcast from 2-5 p.m. on WAMU-FM (88.5). (Glenn Dixon)