Local string band Pinkerton & the Brinks are among several local acts getting into the holiday spirit by recording a Christmas tune or two.

The front-porch folksters released “Carolina Christmas” this season, a 20-year-old song written by the father of the band’s vocalist/guitarist, Joe Wheaton.

Originally composed for the a phone company’s employee holiday party, the old-time track talks of popcorn on a string and a Carolina wren. Growing up, Wheaten heard his father play the song a lot during the holidays, and it’s always been one of his favorites.

“Since it has never been recorded, Joe thought it would be really nice for the band to tape it for his dad this Christmas so he would have it for posterity,” says vocalist/banjoist Cory Schwartz. “When we played the recording for Tom and a bunch of other family members and they loved it, we realized it was pretty special and ought to be shared, especially since ’tis the season.”

Listen to “Carolina Christmas” here: 

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