The Red Bicycle Hall and The Cultural Continuum of Madison will present "Decembersongs" live at 7:30 p.m. Monday with songwriters sharing holiday music with a wide range of favorites and original songs.

Decembersongs 2013 is a little bit low-rent, a whole lot of great new songs, some sentimental favorites and a lot of belly laughs. Picture "The Bob Hope Christmas Special," hosted by some Alt-Americana/Roots/Folk songwriters who aren't afraid to put "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" right next to their original song "I Won't Be Home For Christmas."

The event began in 2010 with songwriters Amy Speace, Dan Navarro, Jon Vezner and Sally Barris and returns for 2013 with Speace, Rod Picott, and Doug and Telisha Williams.

This year's quartet has recorded a new EP, "Decembersongs - An East Nashville Christmas," available on Bandcamp and through the artists' websites.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Red Bicycle Hall, 125 E. Main St. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Village Lights Bookstore or online at

Amy Speace: If you are a fan of singer-songwriter/folk/Americana music, you've probably heard Speace's name over the past few years trumpeted by many heralding her as a 'torchbearer', bridging the gap between old and new schools of folk music from Mary Gauthier to Judy Collins.

Doug and Telisha Williams: Also known as Wild Ponies, offer right, honest songwriting delivered in a hauntingly beautiful yet gritty, neo-traditional Americana wrapper. Hailing from Martinsville, Va. in the shadow of The Blue Ridge Mountains, where boarded up factories stand as monuments to how fast the world can change, they write and sing songs about dying small towns. And when they do, they know what they're talking about.

Rod Picott: His songs are inhabited by sheetrock hangers, drinkers, circus hands, boxers and working girls and he sings about his characters with intimacy. The son of a welder and former Marine, Picott is lauded for his narrative and melodic songwriting, passionate delivery and darkly humorous onstage storytelling.