Theres no shortage of blues Christmas CDs on the market today, but Blues, Mistletoe & Santas Little Helper is one of my favorites. Released just last year by Black Top, it features 15 yule-flavored tunes by various artists from the New Orleans-based label.
Its worth the moolah alone just for Bobby Parkers Sandy Claw Stole My Woman, one thats destined to become a holiday classic. And who can resist hearing Sam Myers, backed by Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, singing Young Girls Drive Me Wild (At Christmas). Lynn August contributes a nice zydeco number called Christmas By The Bar-B-Que. Any new recording by New Orleans coolest cat, Earl King, is a welcome addition regardless of the time of year, and Mr. K doesnt disappoint with the lowdown blues Santa, Dont Let Me Down.
The guys out there will want to buy the CD just for the pictures of the young lady dressed in a skimpy elfs outfit and black fishnet hose. Ooh la la! But while youre drooling over the pictures, everyone will be able to enjoy some of the best music to be heard during the holiday season.
- Bill Mitchell
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