Songwriter, Producer // Banjo & Guitar on John Denver's ABC TV Special
Songs recorded by Mickey Gilley, John Schneider, Doyle Holly
Producer of over 100 Radio / TV Jingles and 40 Americana music albums
Banjo & Guitar on Ford, Chevy, McDonalds TV commercials
Background music on Saturday Night Live, Sopranos, many other TV shows


Christmas Banjo CD          


  "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"

  "Away In A Manger"
  "Little Town of Bethlehem"

  Tall tamarack trees stand on the ridge, blanketed in fresh powder snow.  Vibrant forested valleys are stilled after the snowfall.  You listen and everything is quiet, very quiet.  Snowbirds tease the trees for seeds and skip from limb to limb until they reach their tasty treats.  You take a deep breath, and the mountain air is fresh, healthy, and exhilarating. Slow and steady, the river moves under the snow and finds it's way down to Lake Pend Oreille in pristine North Idaho.  As autumn changes it escorts us into a joyful time of year when nature itself whispers, "It's Christmas time." Echoing gently through the backwoods a quiet banjo recites timeless melodies that reflect the message of the season, always proclaiming peace, always hoping.  Pausing for the moment, with hearts full of thankfulness, we wish you a Merry Christmas.
  1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  2. Away In a Manger
  3. Little Town of Bethlehem
  4. What Child is This
  5. The First Noel
  6. Deck The Halls 
  7. Oh Holy Spirit 
  8. Joy to the World
  9. Jingle Bells 
  10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
  11. Hark the Herald
  12. Silent Night 


All songs are traditional arrangements by Dennis Coats. Photography by Carol Ann Coats.  Produced by Dennis Coats / Snow River Music / Five String Music (BMI)