What to get for the music fan in your life: 2017 holiday gift guide

November 26, 2017 GMT

What to get for the music fan in your life: 2017 holiday gift guide

CLEVELAND, Ohio – What a wonderful time of year, when we’re all in the spirit of giving, right?

Wrong. This time of year is all about gettin’, and woe be unto the spouse, significant other, parent, sibling or kinfolk of those who forget it. Fortunately, we have a few suggestions for gifts for the music fan.

Jimmy Buffett, “Buried Treasure, Vol. 1.”

$30 (deluxe), $14.99 (standard)

When John and Martina McBride bought an old recording studio in Nashville not that long ago, they discovered a ton of quarter-inch tapes in one of the closets: a bunch of demos, initial songwriting efforts and a few covers by a guy named Jimmy Buffett, dating back to 1969. Truly, a “Buried Treasure″ from long before the Parrothead days, long before anybody ate a “Cheeseburger in Paradise″ or got a buzz on in “Margaritaville.″ Buffett was contacted and the result is “Buried Treasure: Volume One.″ This first volume covers his Mobile, Alabama, years as a newbie in the biz, and really is a great example of the evolution of one of the era’s most loved entertainers. It’s kind of like uncovering Einstein’s first-grade math notebooks. Both the deluxe and standard editions contain 11 songs, plus a song-by-song narration about each tune, all representing Buffett’s first-ever experience in a recording studio. Both also feature booklets with some never-before-seen photographs. The best part, though, is that this is JUST Volume 1.


Josh Groban, “Noel.” $9.97

For some, it isn’t Christmas until they hear Der Bingle croon “White Christmas″ or Burl Ives as a Rankin-Bass snowman rolling into “Holly, Jolly Christmas″ or even Gene Autry sing-songing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.″ But for a new generation, it’s Broadway veteran and concert favorite Josh Groban’s classic album, “Noel.″ A new, 10th anniversary edition has been released this year. The timing coincides with the release of his coffee table book, “Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway.″ ($49.99).

Yamaha DTX400K $799

Moms, dads and more important, neighbors the world over will thank you for blowing the bucks on this electronic drum kit for your budding Taylor Hawkins. Featuring 10 different drum kit sounds among its programs, plus what Yamaha calls a “Voice Guidance″ system that acts as a personal instructor for both newbie and veteran drummer, the kit also boasts a “silent″ kick pedal in which the beater lands on nothing but air. Shoot, this thing is so quiet that the people in the adjoining apartment might even help pay for it.


Garth Brooks, “The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years.″ $39.95

Garth Brooks earlier this year became a six-time winner of the Country Music Association entertainer of the year award. He’s sold more records in the United States – 148 million-plus, at last count – than any artist in history, in any genre. Not bad for a guy who was a javelin throwing-jock and marketing major at Oklahoma State University who worked as a bouncer in a local bar to supplement his income. Plus, he’s now married to the sweetest lady in country music, Trisha Yearwood. But it almost didn’t happen. In the first book he’s ever written, Brooks talks about how his song “The Thunder Rolls″ was almost recorded by someone else, and how he very nearly didn’t record my personal favorite Garth song, “The Dance.″ The package features five CDs from those days, including some never released tunes and some demos. Must-have for any Garth fan.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame store specials and memberships $39.95 to $500

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is your chance to show off your preference in the eternal debate of Beatles vs. Rolling Stones. The museum’s store carries apparel that’s part of the Lennon and McCartney Collection, including T-shirts, tank tops and more. What could be better in the dreary days of winter than sporting a shirt emblazoned with “Good Day Sunshine?” And you can make your shopping easier (for the holidays and year-round) with a Rock Hall membership. Which, by the way, comes with a 10 percent discount at the store! Levels of membership are dubbed solo, duet, family roller, inductee and headliner and range from $50 to $500.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Who knows?

The last time the Rock Hall induction ceremonies were held in Cleveland, in 2015, tickets ranged from $75 to $300 and went pretty quickly. They are back in the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll again in 2018, and by all indications, the Class of 2018 will be perfect for the Cleveland classic rock fan. And it will be even better if, as expected, Lakewood’s late favorite son, Benjamin Orr, and his Cars band mates are on the inductee list at Cleveland Public Hall on April 14. Tickets are not on sale yet, but they probably will be around the end of January or first of February. With that in mind, why not give an “I.O.U. a ticket to the Rock Hall inductions″ envelope to the rock fan in your life?