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    Tue, 03 Aug 2010 11:19:35

    Shelby Lynne to Celebrate Christmas With Her First-Ever Holiday Collection - It's due out October 12

    Country star Shelby Lynne will release Merry Christmas, her first-ever holiday collection, on October 12. While the title certainly is not thrilling, it is not masking its intentions and you can nab a copy of this release well before the onslaught of the holiday shopping rush and can listen to Lynne's melodious voice while you drive from mall to mall trying to find the right shit to buy your family! The album will mark her second release on her own independent label, Everso Records.

    From its cover - a photograph of Shelby at age four, playing in the snow in her Mobile, Alabama front yard - to the music, Merry Christmas is a warm and heartfelt collection. Rootsy and off-the-cuff, it has an immediacy that makes you feel like you've joined Lynne and her musician pals around the hearth. It'll be like you're breaking out the Yule log, the eggnog, the old English wassle and the reindeer-festooned Christmas sweater when you pop this CD in the player at your holiday gathering.

    "I've always wanted to do a Christmas record and now that I have my own label, the time seemed right," says Lynne, who produced the album and penned two original songs for it. Two originals! That's definitely ambitious and refreshing, since most musicians just cover the standards we all know and love with their holiday sets.

    Childhood favorites like "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" are playful and vibrant while Lynne brings a subtle majesty to the traditional Christmas carols "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night." Her two new compositions capture both sides of the season. "Ain't Nothin' Like Christmas" is a rollicking celebration of all its joys:

    "Ain't nothin' like Christmas, baby
    Don't come but once a year
    Ain't nothin' like Christmas, baby
    With carols and good cheer
    Ain't nothin' like Christmas, baby
    Let's meet around the tree
    I'll bring the nog, you put on a log
    It's a Christmas party."

    On the flipside, "Xmas" acknowledges that not all of our holiday memories are happy ones. The song builds from a slow burn to a blistering finale as Lynne engages in a mesmerizing call-and-response with special guest Dave Koz, whose soulful saxophone lines accentuate her bluesy vocals.

    Merry Christmas Track Listing

    1. Sleigh Ride/Winter Wonderland
    2. Ain't Nothin' Like Christmas
    3. Christmas Time Is Here
    4. Silver Bells
    5. Christmastime's a Comin'
    6. O Holy Night
    7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
    8. Xmas
    9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
    10. Silent Night
    11. White Christmas

    What is your favorite holiday song?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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