Christmas Time’s A-Comin’ – A Country & Bluegrass Christmas

country-blues-300x300Some of my favourite Christmas songs are country and bluegrass songs, perhaps because I didn’t grow up listening to them; even the standards in those genres (such as “Christmas Time’s A-Comin'”) seem relatively new to me. I also grew up in the city, so the idea of a country Christmas seems kind of exotic to me, and certainly easy to romanticize. Though being home for Christmas, and surrounded by those I love, is certainly familiar and the best part of the season, so it’s not like I can’t absolutely relate to many of these songs. I have some pre-Christmas country driving and visiting plans this year, just as long as the weather doesn’t get in the way, and I’m looking forward to listening to this mix as we drive through the snow.

Tracklist (and where you can get these hurtin’ and fiddlin’ songs for yourselves):

  1. Wilf Carter – Christmas in Canada
  2. Stompin’ Tom Connors – Merry Christmas Everybody
  3. Ernest Tubb – Merry Texas Christmas You All
  4. Dale Watson – You Can Call Me Nick
  5. Loretta Lynn – To Heck With Ole Santa Claus
  6. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – With Bells On
  7. Hank Snow – Reindeer Boogie
  8. McKenna Mendelsohn – Don’t Give Me No Goose for Christmas Grandma
  9. The Skaggs Family – Hangin’ Round the Mistletoe
  10. Delia Bell & Bill Grant – My Little Silver Bells
  11. Indigo Girls – I Feel the Christmas Spirit
  12. Open Road – Christmas is Near
  13. Rhonda Vincent – Christmas Time at Home
  14. Ricky Skaggs – Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
  15. Chris Hillman – Blue Christmas Lights
  16. King James Band – Call Collect on Christmas
  17. Jeannie Kendall – Smoky Mountain Christmas
  18. Kathy Kallick – Ring the Bells at Midnight
  19. Billy Cowsill & the Blue Shadows – If We Make it Through December
  20. John Guliak – Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas
  21. David Mayfield Parade – They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose
  22. Buck Owens & Susan Raye – One of Everything You Got
  23. Chet Atkins – East Tennessee Christmas
  24. Faron Young – I’m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You
  25. Linda Cassady – In Santa Claus a Hippy?
  26. Lynn Anderson – Soon it Will Be Christmas Day
  27. Willie Nelson – Blue Christmas
  28. Robert Ellis – Pretty Paper
  29. Kitty Wells & Johnny Wright – There Won’t be any Tree This Christmas
  30. Kacey Musgraves – Christmas Makes Me Cry
  31. Emmylou Harris – The First Noel
  32. Louvin Brothers – A Shut-In at Christmas
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Santa Songs for Cieran, Rosie, Avery, and EVERYONE

santa-kids-300x300It’s weird not making individual Christmas mixes for people this year, but it’s definitely fun to be able to share so many great songs with so many more people. I’m going to dedicate this mix of kid-friendly Santa songs to the most important very young people in my life: My four-year-old nieces Avery and Rosie, and my brand new, not-even-two-weeks-old nephew, Cieran! I am willing to bet this is his very first Christmas mix. He may not get a lot out of it this year, but I hope he will in the years to come. And for all you jaded folks who don’t feel you’re young-at-heart enough for this mix, stay tuned for next week’s definitely-not-for-children sequel: Sexy Santa!

Tracklist (and where you can get these Ho Ho Ho-liday songs for yourselves!)

  1. The Crystals – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  2. The Hepsters – Rockin’ and Rollin’ with Santa Claus
  3. Patti Page – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  4. Debbie & The Darnells – Santa Teach Me to Dance
  5. The Beach Boys – The Man With All the Toys
  6. Soupy Sales – Santa Claus is Surfin’ to Town
  7. Ray Stevens – Santa Claus is Watching You
  8. Big John Greer – Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo
  9. The Exciters – Mambo Santa Mamba
  10. Crankshaft and The Geargrinders – Louisiana Bayou Santa
  11. Sonny James – Barefoot Santa Claus
  12. Les Baxter – Santa Claus’s Party
  13. Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music Makers – Ho Ho Ho
  14. Bobby Gimby – Santa Claus Rides Again
  15. Sam Ulano – Santa Claus and the Doodle-I-Boop
  16. Louis Armstrong – Zat You Santa Claus
  17. Ella Fitzgerald – Santa Claus Got Stuck in my Chimney
  18. Harry Connick, Jr. – (It Must’ve Been ‘Ol) Santa Claus
  19. Gene Autry – Santa Santa Santa
  20. Tinseltown Players – Santa Claus is Flying Through the Sky
  21. The Chipmunks – Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  22. Bob Dylan – Here Comes Santa Claus
  23. The New Christy Minstrels – Sing Along With Santa
  24. Chatham County Line – O! Santa
  25. Brenda Lee – I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
  26. The Louvin Brothers – Santa’s Big Parade
  27. Bobby Helms – Captain Santa (And His Reindeer Space Patrol)
  28. Hal Bradley Orchestra – Space Age Santa
  29. Lennon Sisters – Outer Space Santa
  30. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – Hooray for Santa Claus
  31. The Fleshtones – Super Rock Santa
  32. Pointed Sticks – Power Pop Santa
  33. Henry Hall – Does Santa Claus Sleep with his Whiskers Over or Under the Sheet?
  34. Tom Paxton – How Many Cookies Can Santa Claus Eat?
  35. Black Prairie – (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With the Bag
  36. She & Him – Little Saint Nick
  37. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Loretta Lynn