Jason Crosby Curates Holiday Show to Benefit Backline

Article Contributed by Backline | Published on Friday, December 18, 2020

In an effort to spread some cheer at the end of a hard year, Bay Area musician Jason Crosby safely gathered a cast of all-star musicians at his Sonoma County home to record a holiday show unlike any other.

The never before seen performance features Dan Lebowitz, Steve Adams and Ezra Lipp of California’s own Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO). Fans will be treated to an entirely new take on Vince Guaraldi’s classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, Billy Joel’s “Root Beer Rag” and more delightful surprises.

Crosby has recently been called in to tour with Jackson Browne and record with Father John Misty, which has gained him recognition as one of the best musicians for hire in this day and age. For this performance, Crosby gives audiences a rare invitation into his home for an intimate interpretation of some of his holiday favorites.

“A Little Cheer to End the Year” will premiere on Nugs.net on Sunday 12/20 at 6pm PST, and will be available to stream on-demand until the 26th. The inspiration behind the performance was the opportunity to draw attention to and raise funds for Backline, a non-profit organization that provides mental health support to the music industry, whose work has become especially critical as a result of COVID-19’s devastating effects on the music industry.

“I am thrilled to release this performance of one of my favorite records of all time, with some of my favorite Bay Area musicians while celebrating and supporting the great work being done by my friends at Backline,” says Crosby.

About Backline

Backline is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides mental health and wellness resources to the music industry and their families.

Backline connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources—streamlining access to a network of trusted organizations and care providers that understand this line of work.

Backline fills a gap between an underserved community and the resources they need to thrive — on and off the road. Backline is a platform for music industry professionals and their families to learn, ask questions, and find clinical support to navigate mental health challenges. Life in this industry can be incredibly isolating and difficult; Backline provides a safe, private, and immediate place to go for help.

Stream Details


Premiere: Sunday 12/20 at 6pm PST

Available on demand 12/20-26