For the first time in many years, I’m not doing a big round-up of all the new holiday music albums. But I am going to pluck three of my favorite discs out of this year’s batch and review ’em.
This is the first one:
And, believe it or not, this is the Hot Licks’ first-ever Christmas album. Fans, however, will remember that Dan Hicks has devoted considerable studio time to the Christmas holiday repertoire with his ad hoc all-star combo, the Christmas Jug Band, who have graced holiday music lovers with such nuggets as “Mistletoe Jam,” “Tree-Side Hoot,” “Rhythm on the Roof” and “Uncorked” over the years. (There’s also a live CJB CD, too, “On the Holiday Highway.”