The Ornaments originated in 2005 as three friends decided they would play the music of their favorite holiday TV special, Charles Schultz’ A Charlie Brown Christmas, with its brilliant soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi, at their favorite local watering hole, and since then their shows have grown steadily into a Nashville holiday tradition. It’s a band that only exists one month a year, as all of the players work steadily as freelance musicians with other artists for the rest of the year.
James Haggerty (bass)
James Haggerty is a freelance musician and writer who tours with The Original Blues Brothers Band, Steve Cropper, Josh Rouse, and The Autumn Defense and records with numerous others. He is also a member of the band Joe, Marc’s Brother, the founder of bossa nova group Hags-A-Nova, and a regular columnist for The East Nashvillian.
Jen Gunderman (piano)
Jen Gunderman divides her time between teaching, performing, and recording. She is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School Of Music, but she is also an active studio session player and live musician, and she is a member of Sheryl Crow’s touring band. She has performed with a diverse variety of musicians, playing keyboards and/or singing with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Michael McDonald, Chris Robinson, Roger McGuinn, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and many others.
Martin Lynds (drums)
Martin Lynds is a musician and editor who tours most often with Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll boys but has stayed busy performing and/or recording with many others, including Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson, Kevin Gordon, Marah, Bobby Bare, Rodney Crowell and Marty Stuart.