Think of those old Christmas cuts and you’ll likely come up with a list containing Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Perry Como but there are so many genres out there with a rich and vibrant catalogue of Christmas songs. None more so than the blues which seems particularly well limbered for focusing on the seamier side of the holidays. This playlist of old blues Christmas songs consists of largely forgotten yuletide numbers and for that we should hang our collective heads in shame because tunes such as Jimmy Reed’s ‘Christmas Present Blues’ have more personality than a dozen church bell laden frivolities. Lightnin' Hopkins’ ‘Merry Christmas’ is even more stark, an antidote to fake merriment and uproarious shallow celebration. The song comes from 1953 and is a study in finger picking blues guitar playing set in the context of a man just pleading with his lady to come back home for Christmas. So troubled is it that you might just need Carey Bell’s ‘Christmas Train’ to clear the sorrowful imagery from your head.
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