Old Classic Blues Christmas Songs

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Christmas Present Blues (Jimmy Reed)
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Merry Christmas (Lightnin' Hopkins)
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Christmas Train (Carey Bell)
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Please Come Home For Christmas (Charles Brown)
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Christmas Boogie (Sugar Chile Robinson)
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Christmas Time Blues (John Lee Hooker)
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Christmas and No Santa Claus (Bumble Bee Slim)
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Trim Your Tree (Jimmy Butler)
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Christmas Eve Blues (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
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Christmas Morning Blues (Victoria Spivey)
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Lonesome Christmas Blues (Blind Blake)
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Christmas In Jail (Leroy Carr)
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Christmas In Heaven (B.B. King)
Christmas Time Blues Beggin Santa Claus (Oscar Woods & Black Ace)
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I Hear Jingle Bells (Freddie King)
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On A Christmas Day (Leadbelly)
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Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues (Sonny Boy Williamson)
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Christmas Blues (Charley Jordan)
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Xmas Prison Blues (Seasick Steve)
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Christmas Ball Blues (Leon Redbone)
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Christmas Tree Blues (Buka White)
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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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