Shelby Lynne gets merry
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
– Shelby Lynne will release her first every holiday collection, "Merry Christmas," on Oct. 12. The album will mark her second release on her own independent label, Everso Records, which is distributed through Fontana.
"Tears, Lies, And Alibis," the label's first release, debuted at 16 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart earlier this year. It became a Top 10 hit at Americana radio.
The cover of the holiday disc is a photograph of Shelby at age four, playing in the snow in her Mobile, Ala. front yard. "I've always wanted to do a Christmas record and now that I have my own label, the time seemed right," said Lynne, who produced the album and penned two original songs for it.
Her two new compositions capture both sides of the season. Ain't Nothin' Like Christmas celebrates the job of the holiday:
"Ain't nothin' like Christmas, baby
Don't come but once a year
Ain't nothin' like Christmas, baby
With carols and good cheer
Ain't nothin' like Christmas, baby
Let's meet around the tree
I'll bring the nog, you put on a log
It's a Christmas party."
On the flipside, Xmas acknowledges that not all of our holiday memories are happy. The song builds from a slow burn to a finale where Lynne engages in a call-and-response with special guest Dave Koz, whose soulful saxophone lines accentuate her bluesy vocals.
Other songs include a dreamy version of Christmas Time Is Here from one of the Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas, and an exuberant version of Christmastime's a Comin', a song she heard bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe perform years ago. "I liked its back porch, family vibe," she said.
Backing Lynne were John Jackson (acoustic, electric and slide guitars, percussion); Mike Ward (acoustic and electric guitars); Gregg Field (drums); Marc Doten (upright bass); Dave Palmer (Wurlitzer, piano); Ben Peeler (mandolin, steel guitar); Val McCallum (harmonica, acoustic guitar) and Jim Honeyman (clarinet, flute). Brian Harrison engineered the album.
1. Sleigh Ride/Winter Wonderland
2. Ain't Nothin' Like Christmas
3. Christmas Time Is Here
4. Silver Bells
5. Christmastime's a Comin'
6. O Holy Night
7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
10. Silent Night
11. White Christmas
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