Old 97’s (from the album Love the Holidays available on ATO Records)
The horns shouting salvation in “Love the Holidays” blow bursts of cheer as the sing with a seasonal sparkle backing Old 97’s on a tune co-written with Rhett Miller and Kevin Russell (Shinyribs). The chorus plays as the opening song and title track for their recent release, Love the Holidays. The theme of the album is specific, Old 97’s unpacking a sack full of audio homemade decorations, Love the Holidays filling the end-of-the-year air with the first ever collection of Christmas originals from the band. Added to the batch of Old 97’s tunes, the album exits on a Country Punk romp cover of “Auld Lang Syne”, the digital version digging deep to give a little extra with bonus tracks of traditional fare with “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Up on the Housetop”, Angels We Have Heard on High”, and “Blue Christmas”.
Traditions have a special place in the Yuletide season and Old 97’s bring in their band family recipe of songs made with both a smirk and a smile. Love the Holidays finds the boys in the band with a restored faith in the magic of the season (“I Believe in Santa Claus”) as the album takes a world traveling reindeer tour south of the border on a rockabilly beat (“Rudolph Was Blue”), proves even punks like presents (“Gotta Love Being a Kid (Merry Christmas)”, and makes holiday plans (“Here It Is Christmastime”). The warmth of the season shines brightly on Old 97’s as they make “Snow Angels” with high hopes for humanity, feel the love passing by in the strangers walking by in “Wintertime in the City”, and play a snow-covered train song with “Hobo Christmas Song”.
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