Motivated by the success of last year's Christmas in the Sioux, Mitch Martin and Travis Barnes set out this year to make a follow-up album of holiday music performed by local musicians. The result of their efforts is Christmas in the Sioux Too. Like the first album, this collection of songs evokes the feeling of spending Christmas in our little corner of the world. Heath Davis's rockabilly take on "Run Run Rudolph" opens the album. It's a hard driving little number that doesn't take itself seriously.
The Ruralists are a band of guys who were looking for a band, something that can prove difficult when you live in a small town. They joined Mark Munger in the attic of the The Old Factory Coffee Shop in Orange City to talk about their genesis, the life and workings of a small town band, and how being in a band is more comfortable at this point in their lives.