Dwight Yoakam's work as an interpretive singer has been solid and, as far as Christmas music albums go, this one is informed with Yoakam's great vocal talents and a country band that can get these tunes to swing in any juke joint. The rumba of "Here … see full wiki
Blending his distinctive twang with standards such as "Away In A Manger" and pop Christmas tunes like "Run, Run Rudolph," Dwight Yoakam proves that even sophisticated country artists can make a cool Christmas album.
Yoakam spins the Bakersfield sound, soul, jazz and swing into songs like "Silver Bells," "The Christmas Song" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Guitarist supreme Pete Anderson tears up rockabilly numbers like "Santa Claus Is Back In Town." Along with the rest of his band, Yoakam brings on top performers such as Beth Anderson, Ricky Skaggs, the brilliant Eddie Shaver and Marty Rifkin.
Two original tunes are also included, those being the bluesy "Come On Christmas" and the funny, redneck-drenched "Santa Can't Stay."
Personal favorites include "Run, Run Rudolph," "Santa Can't Stay" and Yoakam's eclectic rendition of "Here Comes Santa Claus."
With big horns, accordians, dobros, electric guitars and plenty of twang, Dwight Yoakam's spin on Christmas tunes is simply wonderful. The bottomline is this: a) If you like Yoakam's music, you'll love this album and b) if you're tired of traditional sounding Christmas tunes, this is the album to snag. Highly recommended.