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Come on Christmas

An album by Dwight Yoakam

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Yoakam Sets The Christmas Tree On Fire

  • Dec 18, 2008
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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.

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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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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 Comes Santa Claus" is a tad forced, but Yoakam's good humor is in evidence. This album may lack thegravitasof his best work, but it shows that even a cowboy feels like kicking off his existential boots sometimes and getting down with standards from years bygone.--Rob O'Connor
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Label: Reprise, Wea
Release Date: September 16, 1997

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