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A Star Above the Highway

by Ryan Sheeler

Ryan's new Christmas album is a special blend of songs, sounds and styles sure to warm your heart this season. Pop, rock, country, blues, folk, jazz , Americana and classical styles, brought together with thoughtfulness to bring joy to your season.
Genre: Holiday: Spiritual
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Away in a Manger
2:40 $0.99
2. Iowa Country Christmas
4:07 $0.99
3. Hark the Herald Angels
3:45 $0.99
4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
3:17 $0.99
5. Another Story
4:24 $0.99
6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
4:51 $0.99
7. In the Bleak Midwinter
4:40 $0.99
8. Gen. Robert E Lee Letter to His Wife (December 1862)
4:04 $0.99
9. Lo How E'er a Rose Is Blooming
5:10 $0.99
10. Rose of Bethlehem (feat. Desi Martinez)
4:09 $0.99
11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
5:37 $0.99
12. A Star Above the Highway
4:45 $0.99
13. We Are Waiting
4:09 $0.99
14. Silent Night
3:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced by Ryan Sheeler and Wayne Stewart
Recorded at Christ Community Church and Solace Room Studio, Ames IA - August-October 2015
Ryan Sheeler – lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitar, piano, synthesizers, mandolin
• Wayne Stewart – keys (piano, organ, synth), electric guitars and backing vox on "We Are Waiting"
• Chris Akers – backing vocals
• Desi Martinez - lead vocals on "Rose of Bethlehem", backing vocals on "Iowa Country Christmas"
• Nick Gallus – bass guitar
• Clark Bishop – drums and percussion
• John Carlson - tenor saxophone solos on "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Let It Snow"
• Scott Draper - harmonica solo on "In The Bleakmidwinter"

Strings arranged and conducted by Ryan Sheeler
String Quartet:
• Sara Goplin - Violin I
• Gretchen Theesfield - Violin II
• Julia Immel -Viola
• Fox Henson - Cello

Front Cover image, Inset last page, and interior winter scenes: Paul-Smiley-Oyen/PRO Visual Arts, Ames IA
Inside Cover and Back Cover images by Aaron J Groen Photography- used by permission
Inside last page booklet image, c. 2015 Bob Kelly Ames IA.

Song Licenses from Capitol Christian Music Group, Nashville TN, and Harry Fox Agency, New York NY

Civil War Reading "Robert E Lee, Christmas 1862 letter"
• special thanks to Paige Newman and John McClure: Virginia Historical Society, Richmond VA
• music: "A Soldier's Homecoming" by Ryan Sheeler. Sarah Beisser Ling-violin, Ryan Sheeler-guitar.

"Iowa Country Christmas", "Another Story" and "A Star Above The Highway" - words and music by Ryan Sheeler. c.2015 Highway 30 Music ASCAP - All Rights Reserved

"We Are Waiting" - words and music by Ryan Sheeler and Todd Teske. c. 2013 Ryan Sheeler/Highway30 Music ASCAP, and Todd Teske - All Rights Reserved

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (public domain - Edmund Sears/Richard Storrs Willis 1849, arr. by Ryan Sheeler)

In The Bleak Midwinter (public domain; text by Christina Rossetti, 1872 / music by Gustav Holst, 1906)
*new verse by Ryan Sheeler, c. 2015 Ryan Sheeler/Highway 30 Music

Reading: "Gen. Robert E Lee letter to his wife, Christmas 1862" Public Domain
transcription courtesy of Paige Newman - Virginia Historical Society, Richmond Virginia

Lo How E'er A Rose Is Blooming - (traditional arr. Ryan Sheeler)

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Public Domain; 1868 - Phillips Brooks/Lewis Redner arr. Ryan Sheeler)

Silent Night (Public Domain; 1818 - Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr, arr. by Ryan Sheeler)



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