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Straight No Chaser Release Christmas Cheer


11/04/2009
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(Atlantic Records) "Christmas Cheers," the new album from ATCO/Atlantic recording group Straight No Chaser, has arrived at all stores and DSPs today. The collection features a selection of holiday-themed classics, reworked in the acclaimed a cappella group's inventive and original style. The compilation is led by the brand-new single 'The Christmas Can-Can' and also features a studio version of the YouTube hit 'The 12 Days of Christmas.'

Straight No Chaser is currently heralding the album's release with a major U.S. tour (see attached itinerary). The dates – presented by Southwest Airlines – will continue through a December 23rd tour finale at Raleigh, North Carolina's Progress Energy Performing Arts Center. As part of the partnership with Southwest Airlines, Straight No Chaser will treat fellow Southwest customers to surprise performances at airports across the country.

"CHRISTMAS CHEERS" follows Straight No Chaser's smash debut, "HOLIDAY SPIRITS," which reached #1 at both iTunes and Amazon.com upon its release last year. Songs from both collections and more are featured in the 10-member group's upcoming PBS special, Live In New York: Holiday Edition. The concert – filmed this past August at NYC's famed Angel Orensanz Foundation – will air throughout PBS' annual December Pledge Drive (check local listings). A video for 'The Christmas Can-Can' from the PBS special can now be seen on the re-launched www.sncmusic.com. The newly updated site also features exclusive photos, audio, videos, blogs, Twitter, tour dates and much more.

Straight No Chaser – who recently supported Barry Manilow's sold out Hollywood Bowl solo concert – will be appearing on QVC on November 25th, with multiple appearances all through the day. What's more, the group is scheduled to appear on the Christmas Day edition of NBC's The Today Show, performing holiday favorites throughout the broadcast.

"CHRISTMAS CHEERS" highlights Straight No Chaser's trademark vocal sound and unique musical approach, while also incorporating much of the energy and enthusiasm of their celebrated live show. Recorded in SNC's home base of Bloomington, Indiana, the album ranges from the hilarious "Christmas Can-Can" (with lyrics by the group's Walter Chase) to a beautifully soulful take on "O Holy Night." The 15-track collection also includes such holiday classics as "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Jingle Bells," and many more. The SNC original, "Who Spiked The Egg Nog?," was written by member Ryan Ahlwardt and Straight No Chaser's producer, Deke Sharon.

"The last album was a little more traditional," says the group's founder, Dan Ponce, "a little more what you might expect from an a cappella Christmas album. With the new album, we took a few more risks, and there's definitely a comedic element that weaves through the album. We wanted to capture that aspect of our stage performance in our recordings."

NOVEMBER
3 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
5 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
7 Milwaukee, WI Potawatomi Casino
8 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
11 Toronto, ON, Canada Queen Elizabeth Theatre
12 Belleville, ON, Canada The Empire Theatre
13 Montreal, QC, Canada Cabaret Juste Pour Rire
14 Schenectady, NY Proctor's Theatre
15 Buffalo, NY Center for the Arts - University at Buffalo
18 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
19 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
20 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
22 Bel Air, MD Hartford Community College
27 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall (Nordstrom Recital Hall)
28 San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
29 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre

DECEMBER
1 Canton, OH Palace Theatre
3 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre
4 Piqua, OH Edison Community College
5 Indianapolis, IN The Murat Centre
6 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
7 Iowa City, IA University of Iowa, Hancher Auditorium
8 Iowa City, IA University of Iowa, Hancher Auditorium
9 Arkansas City, KS Cowley College
10 Bartlesville, OK Bartlesville Community Center
11 Junction City, KS C.L. Hoover Opera House
12 Lawrence, KS University of Kansas, Lied Center
13 Chicago, IL Park West
15 St. Louis, MO Harrah's VooDoo Lounge
17 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square
18 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
19 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Theatre
21 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
22 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
23 Raleigh, NC Progress Energy Performing Arts Center



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