If you're caught with an empty sack only a few days left before Christmas, believe me, I understand. Sound Check is ready and willing to lend a hand. Here are a few recommended items with local ties. It's the Sound Check Last-Minute Gift Guide.
For lovers of Christmas soul. The CD "Christmas is On!" from Gary U.S. Bonds. As
For the classic soul connoisseur: Tickets to see
For the fans of future funk: Pharrell Williams' book "Pharrell: The Places and Spaces I've Been" is as unconventional as you'd expect from this music producer, fashion entrepreneur and eccentric pop culture celebrity. If someone on your list loves the music he created with everyone from Jay-Z to
For lovers of homespun acoustic sounds: Bill Gurley's new solo CD "Break of Day" is a gem, the kind of polished, heartfelt disc that's likely to please admirers of music by John Hartford,
For the folk fiend: The CD titled "Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads and Instrumentals Recorded in The Great Smoky Mountains by Song Catcher Joseph S. Hall." We're straying across the border for this recommendation. I think it's worth the stretch. The disc, assembled with help from two professors at East Tennessee State University, was nominated for a Grammy this year in the Best Historical Album category. It's available from the Great Smoky Mountains Association.