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29Nov/109

Celebrating Christmas with Shelby Lynne

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, what comes next? The inevitable onslaught of Christmas holiday hell, of course!

I'll admit that this perhaps isn't the best attitude to have going into another holiday season but all of the holiday cheer can become a bit tiresome, especially when it seems to keep showing up earlier and earlier each year!

Which is why I let out an audible groan when I opened up a package in mid-August and found an advance copy of a forthcoming Christmas album from Shelby Lynne sitting inside.

"What's the next step after releasing a highly-regarded album with no support from the evil major label machine?  How about a CHRISTMAS ALBUM?" were the words that came grumbling out of my mouth.  But as much as I was against it, I had to give it a listen and even though it was a bit surreal to listen to a Christmas album before summer had even finished, I had to hand it to Miss Lynne - Merry Christmas is a job very well done and it stands out in my opinion as one of the best Christmas releases of the season.

I'm not a huge fan of Christmas releases and the ones that I really end up enjoying are the ones that come from the heart, as opposed to a release clearly designed to simply cash in on the holiday with another set of pointless recuts of the same tired holiday standards. Merry Christmas is an honest musical gift with an organically raw recording that practically places Lynne next to your holiday fire, strumming her way through the 11 tracks contained on this disc. If you need one reason to buy this, check out the wonderful rendition of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here." Somewhere, good 'ol Charlie Brown is smiling...

(And on a side note, Shelby is 2 for 2 with me for this year, because I also loved her latest album Tears, Lies and Alibis. It's been a great year of music from Shelby - can't wait to see what's next!)

Check out some more info on the album plus a sample via the video below:

Hey Cleveland, don't forget that Shelby Lynne will be at the Beachland on February 3rd! Tickets are on sale now.

  • stereo dictator

    Looking forward to hearing this. Shelby is now 3 for 3 counting her great guest vocal on Peter Wolf’s “Tragedy” from the Midnight Souvenirs LP.

  • stereo dictator

    Looking forward to hearing this. Shelby is now 3 for 3 counting her great guest vocal on Peter Wolf’s “Tragedy” from the Midnight Souvenirs LP.

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