It may seem a little early to get in the Christmas spirit, but WFIV 105.3 FM is kicking off the holiday season this weekend. The independent radio station is hosting a concert at the Shed in Maryville that will lead to an album of Christmas music as performed by a dozen local performers, including perennial Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville poll winners the Dirty Guv’nahs. Several of the artists slotted for the compilation, Homegrown for the Holidays (named for WFIV’s Homegrown, a series of live, weekly on-air local performances at Disc Exchange) will perform short sets at the show, including a Christmas song for the disc: The Dirty Guv’nahs (“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”), Hudson K (“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”), Medford’s Black Record Collection (“O Holy Night”), Taylor Corum (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”), Kevin Hyfantis (an original song), Kimber Cleveland (“2,000 Miles”), and Travis Singleton (“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”) will all perform at the concert, which starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.
The other artists set to appear on the disc who won’t be performing Saturday are Erick Baker (“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”), Davis Mitchell (“Little Drummer Boy”), Jay Clark (the original song “Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus”), Dave Owens (“Silent Night”), and Jonathan Sexton and the Big Love Choir (“White Christmas”). The disc will be available for sale for $10—all proceeds benefit Knox Area Rescue Ministries—later this year. Pre-orders will be available at the concert for $5.