Today host Alex Rawls talks to Scott Kelly, who started The Wizards of Winter to play a tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a benefit for a local food bank. Kelly talks about the aesthetics of prog-rock Christmas music, and the challenge of finding the right people to play it.
The Wizards of Winter will be on tour performing their holiday rock opera "Tales Beneath a Northern Star" through the end of the year.
In the second segment, Alex talks to Nashville songwriter Jim McCormick, who Alex profiled McCormick in 2012 when he had back to back number one records with Brantley Gilbert's "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" and Jason Aldean's "Take a Little Ride." McCormick talks with some envy about "A Baby Changes Everything" from Faith Hill's 2008 Joy to the World. They discuss the song--which Alex pairs with The New Pornographers' "Joseph Who Understood"--and what comes with singing Christmas songs.