Entertainment: Stoking the Steamroller

NO OTHER RECORDING ARTIST CAN CHANNEL AMERICAN MIDDLE-CLASS TASTES QUITE LIKE CHIP DAVIS AND HIS BEST-SELLING BAND

You would think it was Christmas in August. But instead of at the North Pole, Santa's workshop is tucked away in a suburban Omaha, Neb., office park where a red-bearded elf named Chip Davis is getting ready for the big day. Creator of the phenomenally successful New Age band Mannheim Steamroller, he is arranging a 12-city Yuletide concert tour and the fall release of his new Celebration CD, a compendium of what has become the best-selling Christmas music in America.

If you're sick of rap, grunge and heavy metal, Chip Davis could be your musicmeister. You may not have heard of...

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