‘Twas A Bakersfield & Beyond Christmas

‘Twas a Bakersfield & Beyond Christmas,
And all through the Crystal Palace,
Nothing stirred, not even the bar keep.
For the martinis were shaken, not stirred.
As Amanda and Mike spun the songs,
The temperature plummeted,
Frost grew on the ground…

Well, you get the idea.  We had a fun Christmas show pretty much in the “Beyond’ realm of things.  But there were a couple of moments of pure Bakersfield Sound.  Merle Haggards “If We Make It Through December,” and Los Straitjackets excellent version of “Jingle Bells,” which had a heavy dose of Don Rich’s guitar lick from “Buckaroo.”  Gotta keep it real.  All in all, we had a great time mixing it up and playing some fun Christmas tunes.  So, here’s the playlist and some youtube clips – provided I can find clips of the songs we played.

Have a safe and merry holiday everyone and thanks for listening!

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
The Bee Gees Holiday Greatest Hits Polydor
John Prine Christmas In Prison Great Days: The John Prine Anthology Rhino
Kitty Wells Jingle Bells Christmas with Kitty Wells San Juan Music Group
Merle Haggard If We Make It Through December Hag – The Best of Merle Haggard Capitol Nashville
Carpenters Merry Christmas Darling Carpenters: Gold – Greatest Hits A&M Records
Nigel Kennedy Winter Vivaldi: The Four Seasons EMI UK
Rosie Flores Whatcha Waitin’ For Christmas Christmasville Durango Rose Records
Los Straitjackets Jingle Bells Yuletide Beat Yep Roc
The Killers The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball (RED) Christmas – EP Island Def Jam
Elvis Presley Blue Christmas Elvis Christmas RCA/Sony BMG Music
Jeremy Lister Santa’s Lost His Mojo Ten Out of Tenn – Christmas Ten Out of Tenn
Pretenders Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 1 Universal Strategic Marketing
Tiny Tim All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth god bless tiny tim Reprise
Cyndi Lauper Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree Merry Christmas…Have a Nice Life Epic
Johnny Cash I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day Christmas With Johnny Cash Sony
The Reverend Horton Heat Frosty The Snowman We Three Kings Yep Roc Records
Raul Malo Marshmallow World Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites New Door Records
Bill Monroe Christmas Time’s A-Coming The Music of Bill Monroe MCA
The Who Christmas Tommy MCA Records
The Waitresses Christmas Wrapping 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: Best of the Waitresses Universal Records
The Supremes My Favorite Things 20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas, Vol. 2 Motwon
Liz Phair Winter Wonderland Plugged In for the Holidays EMI Canada
Dr. BLT You’re Not The Kinda Ho (That Santa Had In Mind) Holly Daze self
Squirrel Nut Zippers A Johnny Ace Christmas Christmas Caravan Mammoth
Eric Clapton & John Popper Christmas Blues A Very Special Christmas – Live from Washington D.C. A&M
Run-DMC Christmas In Hollis A Very Special Christmas – Live From Washington D.C. A&M
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Little DrummerBoy I Love Rock ‘N Roll (Remastered) Blackheart Records
U2 New Year’s Day War Universal-Island

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  1. The show really rocked Christmas and rolled the holidays!

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