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WATCH: The Holiday Special Presented By Iowa Public Radio Studio One And xBk

If you collect vinyl, you probably enjoy looking at the liner notes on the back of the albums. Here are production notes for the Holiday Special. It's only because of creative community and collaboration that this show was made possible.

"The Holiday Special" is a multi-media collaboration between more than 40 Iowa musicians and creatives that Iowa Public Radio Studio One has produced in collaboration with xBk, a 200-cap arts venue in the Drake Neighborhood in Des Moines.

The script features an evil villain who has stolen live holiday entertainment and a crew of Iowa based musicians who bring back the harmony.


  • Grandpa: Bob Dorr, Iowa Public Radio
  • Madison: Madison Ray
  • Charlie: Charlie Reese
  • Cece: Cece Mitchell, Iowa Public Radio
  • Mark: Mark Simmet, Iowa Public Radio
  • Tony: Tony Dehner, Iowa Public Radio
  • Jordan: Jordan Mayland, The Des Moines Music Coalition
  • Hawk Fan: Megan Helmers


  • Produced by: Lindsey Moon, Iowa Public Radio, Madison Ray, xBK and Phil Maass, Iowa Public Radio
  • Script: Madison Ray, Charlie Reese and Megan Helmers
  • Caricature Art: Scott McBride
  • Graphic Design: On Pitch
  • Video Editing: Chris Fenton, Iowa Public Radio
  • Audio mixing and production: Phil Maass, Iowa Public Radio
  • Audio recording: Gabe Scheid, xBk, Jeremy Franklin, xBk, and Phil Maass, Iowa Public Radio
  • Digital/IT Manager: Matt Sieren, Iowa Public Radio
  • Music Program Director: Al Schares
  • Executive Producers: Tobi Parks, xBk, Thomas Kutz, xBk, Lindsey Moon, Iowa Public Radio


Sleigh Ride - The Surf Zombies

  • Performed by: The Surf Zombies
  • Guitar: Brook Hoover
  • Guitar: Ian Williams
  • Bass: Trevor Treiber
  • Drums: Luke Ferguson
  • Video by: The Surf Zombies

Santa Claws Is Coming To Town - Brook Hoover

  • Performed by: Brook Hoover
  • Produced by: Brook Hoover
  • Audio mix by: Brook Hoover

Jingle Bells - Jordan Mayland, Courtney Krause and Tom Doggett

  • Vocals, piano, bass, drums: Jordan Mayland
  • Vocals: Courtney Krause
  • Saxophone: Tommy Doggett
  • Produced and mixed by Jordan Mayland at Birdroom Studio
  • Mastered by Phil Young at The Sonic Factory

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Brother Trucker

  • Vocals & guitar: Andrew Fleming
  • Lead guitar: Mike Fitzpatrick
  • Bass: Lyle Kevin Hogue
  • Keyboards and backing vocals: Matt Jesson
  • Saxophone: Kyle Gowin
  • Drums and percussion: Jim Viner
  • Sleigh Bells: Luke Sires
  • Audio recording and mixing: Phil Maass, Iowa Public Radio
  • Music and lyrics by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934)

Better Than The Last - Adam Bruce

  • Vocal and guitar: Adam Bruce
  • Vocals: April Lynn
  • Audio recording and mixing: Phil Maass, Iowa Public Radio

Merry Christmas Baby - NOLA Jazz Band

  • Band Leader, Clarinet/Soprano Sax/Vocals: Jeff Kane
  • Cornet/Vocals: Scott Davis
  • Trombone/Vocals: Myron Peterson
  • Vocals: Abbie Sawyer
  • Bass: Chris Walsh
  • Piano: Jamie Poulson
  • Drums: John Spike
  • Guitar: Josh Gorman
  • Audio recorded and mixing: Phil Maass, Iowa Public Radio
  • Music and lyrics by: Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore (1974)

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding - TWINS

  • Performed by: TWINS
  • Vocals and guitar: Joel Sires
  • Guitar: Toby Sires
  • Bass: Devin Ferguson
  • Keyboards: Ben Rendall
  • Drums: Luke Sires
  • Audio recording and mixing: Phil Maass, Iowa Public Radio
  • Music and lyrics by Nick Lowe (1974)

Red (Santa Edition) - Elizabeth Moen and Mimi Ke

  • Music written and performed by: Elizabeth Moen
  • Choreography and performance by: Mimi Ke
  • Videography: Peter Mullaney
  • Video editing: Peter Mullaney
  • Produced by: Lindsey Moon

Run, Rudolph, Run - Ames artist collaboration

  • Bass Guitar: Greg Bruna
  • Drums: Rachel Dudley
  • Keys: Dean Erickson
  • Vocals: Bryon Dudley, Rachel Dudley, V Ellsbury, Fred Love, Matt Woods
  • Guitars: V Ellsbury, Fred Love, Rudy Miller, Matt Woods
  • Produced and mixed by Bryon Dudley at the Spacement Recording Studio in Ames
  • Music and lyrics by Chuck Berry (1954)

    In The Bleak Midwinter - The A-Sisters

    • Videography: Eli Fox of ELIVE Productions
    • Performed by: The A-Sisters
    • Vocals: Alison Buechler, Ashley Rogers, Allison Bollinger and Charissa Hamel
    • Video editing: Chris Fenton of Iowa Public Radio
    • Audio mix: Gabe Scheid and Jeremy Franklin, xBK
    • Produced by: Madison Ray

    The First Noel - The Savage Hearts

    • Performed by: The Savage Hearts
    • Harp: Annie Savage
    • Guitar: Miggs Ramirez
    • Mandolin: James Horak
    • Bass: Blake Shaw
    • Banjo: Alex Flesher

    Success Is My Protest - The Kids of Oakridge

    • Produced by: DeAn Kelly, Emmett Phillips for Writing History, a program sponsored by Station 1 Records
    • Vocals: The Kids of Oakridge

    Joy to the World - The Finesse

    • Performed by: Krista Guillaume, AJ Young and Gabe Scheid
    • Vocals: Krista Guillaume
    • Piano: AJ Young
    • Saxophone: Gabe Scheid

    Stand-Up Comedy - Dante Powell

    • Written and performed by: Dante Powell
    • Produced by: Madison Ray and Lindsey Moon
    • Audio mix: Gabe Scheid, xBk
    • Video editing: Chris Fenton, Iowa Public Radio

    Little Drummer Boy - Shevalia

    • Performed by: Shevalia
    • Saxophone: Gabe Scheid
    • Guitar: Sean Veeder
    • Drums: Nic Addelia
    • Videography: Eli Fox of ELIVE Productions
    • Video editing: Chris Fenton of Iowa Public Radio
    • Audio mix: Gabe Scheid and Jeremy Franklin, xBK
    • Produced by: Madison Ray

    I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Max Wellman

    • Vocals: Max Wellman
    • Piano: Nate Sparks
    • Bass: Steve Charlson
    • Drums: Benjamin Poppen
    • Trumpet: Dave Rezek
    • Alto saxophone: Bryan Schumacker
    • Baritone saxophone: Jim Romain
    • Arrangement: Dave Rezek
    • Words & Music: Irving Berlin

    XMash Mash - Blake Shaw

    • Written and performed by: Blake Shaw
    • Video editing and production: Dan Bolsem, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

    On The Darkest Night (You Can See The Stars) - Ducharme-Jones

    • Co-written by: Anne and David
    • Ducharme-Jones
    • Guitar and vocals: David and Anne Ducharme-Jones
    • Bass guitar: Scot Sutherland
    • Drums and percussion: Jim Stevens
    • Pedal steel: Al Kabela

    Count Your Blessings - Dan Padley

    • Performed by: Dan Padley
    • Audio mix: Dan Padley

    Better Times Ahead (Nada Nother Christmas Song) - The Nadas

    • Written and performed by: Jason Walsmith, Mike Butterworth, Brandon Stone, Brian Duffey and Jerry Floyd
    • Vocals: Jason Walsmith, Mike Butterworth, Brandon Stone, Brian Duffey, Mitchell Walsmith and Jerry Floyd
    • Guitars: Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth
    • Bass: Brian Duffey
    • Drums: Brandon Stone
    • Produced and Engineered by Mike Butterworth at Franklin Jr. High
    • Mixed by Jon Locker at Sonic Factory Studios

    Stick To The List - Lily DeTaeye

    • Written and Performed by: Lily DeTaeye
    • Vocals: Lily DeTaeye
    • Piano: Lily DeTaeye
    • Lead Guitar: Thomas Kutz
    • Rhythm Guitar: Tony Dehner, recorded by Phil Maass
    • Bass: Tobi Parks
    • Percussion: Gabe Scheid and Lily DeTaeye
    • Produced by Lily DeTaeye with Thomas Kutz, Tobi Parks, and Gabe Scheid
    • Mixed by Phil Maass and Gabe Scheid
    • Mastered by Gabe Scheid

    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Charlie Reese and Madison Ray

    • Performed by: Charlie Reese and Madison Ray, vocals
    • Piano: AJ Young
    • Audio mix: Gabe Scheid and Jeremy Franklin, xBk
    • Produced by: Madison Ray