Hardrock, Coco and Joe from Tom Adams

Tom AdamsOK folks… Thanksgiving is behind us, so let the onslaught of Christmas music begin!

Today we have a new recording from Tom Adams, reaching back to the catalog of the singing cowboys in the first half of the 20th century. Hardrock, Coco and Joe tells the tale of three of Santa’s helpers who ride with him on his sleigh, all grassed up by Tom with Marshall Wilborn on bass.

The song was written by Stuart Hamblen, one of the first of the singing cowboys back in the 1930s. Gene Autry had a version, and it hit its height of popularity when a stop-action animated short was produced in the 1950s. To this day, children in the Chicago media market look forward to hearing this song when Christmas rolls around, as it has become an annual holiday tradition.


Hardrock, Coco and Joe - Tom AdamsTom’s single is available now for download purchase from his web site, and to radio programmers at Airplay Direct.

It really is a treat to see so many new bluegrass Christmas recordings each year. Keep ’em comin!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.