INCLUDES FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CARD A Blues Christmas is a brand new vinyl release featuring the best of Alligator’s two holiday CDs: 1992’s The Alligator Records Christmas Collection and 2003’s Genuine Houserockin’ Christmas. Neither title was ever released on vinyl, so this the first LP to ever be graced with the genuine holiday-rockin’ music of Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, Marcia Ball, Michael “Iron Man” Burks and many more. All tracks have been remastered to sound even better than the original releases.
SIDE ONE Koko Taylor Merry, Merry Christmas (4:28) (Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI) Koko Taylor, Vocals • Criss Johnson, Guitar...
SIDE ONE Koko Taylor Merry, Merry Christmas (4:28) (Taylor, Eyeball Music, BMI) Koko Taylor, Vocals • Criss Johnson, Guitar • Calvin Louden, Guitar • Jeremiah Riley, Organ • Jerry Murphy, Bass • Frank Alexander, Drums
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials I’m Your Santa (2:56) (Williams, Young & Iglauer, Eyeball Music, BMI) Lil’ Ed Williams, Guitar and Vocals • Mike Garrett, Guitar • James “Pookie” Young, Bass • Kelly Littleton, Drums
Shemekia Copeland Stay A Little Longer, Santa (4:22) (Hahn, Copeland & Lattanzi, Avarice and Greed Publ./Shemekia Music/Caelum Music Prod., LLC, BMI) Shemekia Copeland, Vocals • Arthur Neilson, Guitar • Jason Ladanye, Keyboards • Jason Langley, Bass • Barry Harrison, Drums • “Fingers” Hahn, Percussion
The Holmes Brothers Back Door Santa (3:04) (Carter & Daniel, Screen Gems-EMI Music, BMI) Wendell Holmes, Guitar, Hammond B-3 Organ and Lead Vocal • Sherman Holmes, Bass and Background Vocal • Popsy Dixon, Drums and Background Vocal • Catherine Russell, Tambourine and Background Vocal
Katie Webster Deck The Halls With Boogie Woogie (3:00) (Trad., arranged by Webster, Eyeball Music, BMI) Katie Webster, Piano and Vocals • Ameen Abdur-Rashied, Sleighbells
Charlie Musselwhite Silent Night (2:41) (Trad., arranged by Musselwhite, Musselwhite Music, BMI) Charlie Musselwhite, Harmonica • Stu Blank, Piano
SIDE TWO Little Charlie & The Nightcats Santa Claus (2:58) (Estrin, Locked In Music, BMI) Little Charlie Baty, Guitar • Rick Estrin, Harmonica and Vocals • Jay Peterson, Bass • Dobie Strange, Drums
Michael “Iron Man” Burks Christmas Snow (3:59) (Mirikitani & Walker, Windswept Pacific Music/Bug Music, BMI) Michael "Iron Man" Burks, Guitar and Vocals • Vasti Jackson, Rhythm Guitar • Ernest “Blues Bear” Williamson, Organ • David Smith, Bass • Steve Potts, Drums
Marcia Ball Christmas Fais Do Do (3:15) (Ball, Gatorhythms, BMI) Marcia Ball, Piano and Vocals • Danny Levin, Fiddle • Casper Rawls, Guitar • Bradley Williams, Accordion • Kevin Smith, Bass • Rob Hooper, Drums
Roomful Of Blues Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get The Blues? (3:22) (Vachon, Easy-Vee Music admin. by Bug Music c/o BMG Rights Mgt., BMI) Mark Du Fresne, Vocals • Bob Enos, Trumpet • Mark Earley, Baritone Sax • Rich Lataille, Alto Sax • Mark Stevens, Keyboards • Chris Vachon, Guitar • Brad Hallen, Bass • Jason Corbiere, Drums
Tinsley Ellis Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ (3:24) (Rice, Irving Music c/o Almo Music, BMI) Tinsley Ellis, Guitar and Vocals • Mike Boyette, Organ • James Ferguson, Bass • David Sims, Drums
Elvin Bishop The Little Drummer Boy (2:53) (Davis, Onorati and Simeone, International Korwin Corp./Mills Music, Inc., ASCAP) Elvin Bishop, Guitar and Vocals • Randy Forrester, Piano • Evan Palmerston, Bass • Larry Van, Drums • Ray Arvizu, Alto Sax • Ed Earley, Trombone
Mastered for LP by Collin Jordan and Bruce Iglauer at The Boiler Room, Chicago, IL Photo by Steve Kagan Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec