Idaho Ho Ho 2019


Once again, the Idaho Ho Ho CD is the bestseller at The Record Exchange. This is the 10th year for this CD of Idaho performers, a fundraiser for The Women’s and Children’s Alliance. It again features rad artwork from Ward Hooper. Much love to Carrie Hoff for herding cats and gathering people for this session!

Some of the groups have been seen playing all over town, including our big show at Visual Arts Collective last Saturday night. We did catch the updated version of “Winter Wheat,” from Todd Sloan.

We loved having Eric Henderson back in again, his voice is so smooth. He’s always great to have in studio.

Rebecca Scott has been a dear friend for more years than I can count. I think I first saw her play on a small stage at BSU in the dining area. At this time, I also saw “Fat John,” when he was still in high school! Rebecca and I might not see each other often, but we have certainly been through “some stuff” over the years. She has always remained supportive of most anything I do. She and percussion-wizard Deb play amazing sets of music all through Boise, and Rebecca has great albums you’ll want to get. Her Uncle, Cal Scott, wrote this beautiful song. Dustin Morris accompanies on mandolin.

Rebecca and I actually worked together briefly a very long time ago. Before we were “The River,” our station was KF95. We were pretty much in Kuna, and this is where I was Production Manager when done with my air shift. Rebecca had a shift on our A.M. station. It was many, many years ago when I began really trying to hone my multi-track mixes. I recorded Lyle Lovett, Patty Griffin, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Keb Mo, Joan Baez, Train, The Indigo Girls, Lisa Loeb, and dozens of others. At this time I tried to record everybody as often as possible, so hungry to get better. We had lots of blues bands in, and I wanted specifically to challenge myself in figuring out how to record a Hammond B3 organ playing through a rotating Leslie speaker. It was great, and we could pretty much do anything. The challenges used to be where to put the mic on a theremin, a saw (yes, a saw), or a hurdy-gurdy. Now it’s laptops, samplers, and occasional pitch correction for sessions on our sister station. I digress. One day, I asked Rebecca if she had a holiday song we could record. She literally went out to the parking lot and wrote this song in her pickup. It is so great to hear it again today!

Brook Faulk can be seen often in Boise. She’s part of Idaho Songwriter’s Association, and Sister’s In Songwriting. You can also catch her in her band “Swillbilly.” She picked a great classic to cover on this year’s Idaho Ho Ho CD. Multi-instrumentalist Dustin joined her on keyboard, Aaron Atkins on drums.


Make sure to pick up your copy of 2019 Idaho Ho Ho at The Record Exchange, and many other Boise locations. It’s a great CD, and fundraiser for The Women’s & Children’s Alliance.

The session ended with lots of hugs, and I gave Carrie a special vial of a homemade huckleberry spirit concoction I create and gave her as a gift. She confessed that she, Rebecca, and Deb may have sampled it in our parking lot. This made me smile.

I’m glad to still work at the only station in town that does something like this. That’s our last session of 2019, Happy Holidays!


Have questions or comments? Email me.