Holiday treasures Christmas MERRY LUXMAS (and Not The List updated and other stuff)

MERRY LUXMAS (and Not The List updated and other stuff)


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There has been a ton of news and, if it were in me, I’d be posting every day.  But its just not.  We’re essentially down to a month before the domain expires.  The website should remain, though.  A good friend (because I never take candy from strangers) has offered to foot the bill to keep it up for at least a year.  But me, I’ll be outta here.

We have rumors, based upon an Instagram post, that Britney Spears may be working on a Christmas album.  And Paul Kelly, the Australian artist who taught us all “How To Make Gravy” for Christmas is working on a full seasonal set for next year.  It was 2016 when we introduced you to Melvin Seals of JGB.  His Christmas album is finally coming to fruition…but not until next year.  And while Melvin reminds us that we are forever dealing with product that is delayed or pushed back, the new Dave Koz Christmas album, which was scheduled to release October 11, snuck out on September 18 instead.

Idina Menzel is back with a second Christmas album (this time, she even included a couple of Hanukkah tunes).  If you haven’t already heard, the November 8th release of “Big Band Holidays II” (listed below attributed to Wynton Marsalis) will feature a previously unreleased live performance from Aretha Franklin.  There’s a Folky Winter themed set from Judy Collins coming on November 29.  Fans of the 80s may be interested to know that the chief songwriter and keyboard artist for A-ha (“Take On Me”), Magne Furuholmen, has a Christmas album coming out on CD and vinyl October 25.  Jazz veteran Gerald Albright is releasing his first full Christmas album October 11, though it looks to be strictly digital at this point (ironically, the cover features vinyl playing on a phonograph).  I’ve been looking for some Blues, but I can get by with the kind of Blues Rock the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughn used to make and, to that end, I’ll be looking forward to the Christmas album from Georgia’s Joey Stuckey, which is expected to arrive this November.  The Roots Rock/Americana band Taters are finishing up their Christmas album.  When it arrives, you’ll find it on Bandcamp (feel free to pick up last year’s Christmas single there for free).  And, for something completely different, New York rapper DMX is said to be preparing to drop “DMX-Mas” on an unsuspecting public this year (though the label is already warning it could be next year).  

​Also, and much to my personal surprise, 2019 is seeing the resurgence of a format I’d long considered all but dead…the CD single.  I haven’t figured out how to (or whether to) list them in the Not The List as I’ve run out of colors and, anyway, they seem to be songs that have been available digitally in the past…and I like to focus on the new stuff.

How do you make “Jingle Bells” a sad song?  Observe.  Just released.


Further updates to Not The List below, but first…   I love Christmas compilations.  I just do.  Even when I have all the songs already, it’s just cool to be able to pick up one disc rather than ten.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Lux Interior and Poison Ivy (Lux & Ivy) formed that great Garage Punk band The Cramps.  But long before that, Lux & Ivy were collectors of obscure vintage vinyl.  In fact, that’s what drew the couple together in the first place.  I mean, their record collection is just sick.  Many years ago, a Cramps fan (and member of a different Rock group) began compiling collections of any singles Lux & Ivy ever mentioned in interviews on radio, TV, and in print.  “Lux & Ivy’s Favorites” was one of those joys that made the rounds on the Internets in the golden age of sharity.  There were at least 17 volumes of the stuff.

Anything that’s popular will eventually get the attention of the Powers That Be and “Lux & Ivy’s Favorites” did.  That’s why, this year, we have two official collections featuring the Lux name for your enjoyment…one for Halloween and one for Christmas.  I’ve consciously avoided Halloween music this year, but feel free to pick up “Trick or Treat: Vintage 45s From Lux & Ivy’s Haunted Basement” when it’s released October 25.

​But we’re all about the Christmas, here, and “Merry Luxmas” will arrive on November 22 with 31 tracks of holiday goodness.  I’ve scanned the tracklist and I do have everything here, personally (except for “Eskimo Pie”, which I don’t consider a seasonal song).  But I do love Christmas compilations and, besides, there are liner notes from MOJO Magazine’s Dave Henderson, which I’m guessing will be quite informative.

1. SANTA DONE GOT HIP – The Marquees
2. JINGLE BELL HOP – Jackson Trio
3. ROCKIN’ “J” BELLS – Little Bobby Rey & His Band
4. RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER – The Mellodeers
5. CHRISTMAS IN THE CONGO – The Marquees
6. YULESVILLE – Edward ‘Kookie’ Byrnes
7. COOL YULE – Tony Rodelle Larson
8. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER – The Cadillacs
9. I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS – Gayla Peevey
10. O CHRISTMAS TREE – Spike Jones
11. CHRISTMAS BOOGIE – Sugar Chile Robinson
12. CHRISTMAS IN JAIL – The Youngsters
13. SWINGIN’ SANTA – Sandy Baron
14. JINGLE JANGLE – The Penguins
15. ROCKIN’ SANTA CLAUS – The Martels
16. CHRISTMAS DAY – Detroit Junior
17. TRIM YOUR TREE – Jimmy Butler
18. I WANT A MAN FOR CHRISTMAS – Joan Shaw
19. ESKIMO PIE – George Jones
20. HEY SANTA CLAUS – The Moonglows
21. I WANT A PRESENT FOR CHRISTMAS – JB Summers
22. EMPTY STOCKING BLUES – Floyd Dixon
23. CHRISTMAS SPIRIT – Julia Lee
24. FAR AWAY CHRISTMAS BLUES – Little Esther & Mel Walker with Johnny Otis Orchestra
25. COLD, COLD FEELING – T-Bone Walker
26. CHRISTMAS BLUES – Washboard Pete
27. BRING THAT CADILLAC BACK – Harry Crafton
28. ZAT YOU, SANTA CLAUS – Louis Armstrong
29. LET CHRISTMAS RING – Cool Breezers
30. SANTA CLAUS – Bo Carter
31. DID YOU SPEND CHRISTMAS DAY IN JAIL? – The Reverend JM Gates

Here’s another collection, this one for vinyl maniacs.  And this one has a very intriguing playlist featuring the old, the new, the borrowed and the blue.  “A Very Cool Christmas” features two slabs of 12″ collector’s grade 180 gram vinyl (one red, one green) and it’s limited to 1500 numbered copies.  Check the tracklist cuz I can clearly see that some of these tracks I need.  Official release date for “A Very Cool Christmas” is November 8, but it won’t arrive at Amazon until November 15.
SIDE A
1. THE DARKNESS – CHRISTMAS TIME (DON’T LET THE BELLS END)
2. BILLY SQUIER – CHRISTMAS IS THE TIME TO SAY “I LOVE YOU”
3. THE LOVERS – CHRISTMAS TREE
4. LEON RUSSELL – CHRISTMAS IN CHICAGO
5. BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA – SANTA DRIVES A HOT ROD
6. GAVIN BRYARS & TOM WAITS – JESUS’ BLOOD NEVER FAILED ME YET
7. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS – SANTA BABY

SIDE B
1. WIZZARD – I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY
2. BRYAN ADAMS – REGGAE CHRISTMAS
3. THE KINKS – FATHER CHRISTMAS
4. TANGARINE – DON’T TURN OFF THE LIGHTS (IT’S CHRISTMAS)
4. NICOLE ATKINS – BLUE CHRISTMAS
5. ALAIN JOHANNES    – SILENT NIGHT

SIDE C
1. DARLENE LOVE – ALL ALONE ON CHRISTMAS
2. THE JACKSON 5 – SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
3. CARLA THOMAS – GEE WHIZ, IT’S CHRISTMAS
4. CLARENCE CARTER – BACK DOOR SANTA
5. LOUIS ARMSTRONG – CHRISTMAS NIGHT IN HARLEM
6. MARVIN GAYE – PURPLE SNOWFLAKES
7. JAMES BROWN – LET’S MAKE CHRISTMAS MEAN SOMETHING THIS YEAR

SIDE D
1. RUFUS THOMAS – I’LL BE YOUR SANTA BABY
2. VINTAGE TROUBLE – SOUL NOEL
3. B.B. KING – CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
4. THE TEMPTATIONS – RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
5. BOOKER T & THE MG’S – JINGLE BELLS
6. OTIS REDDING – WHITE CHRISTMAS
7. FOREST HAIRSTON & MARVIN GAYE – I WANT TO COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
8. BOB RIVERS – WALKIN’ ‘ROUND IN WOMEN’S UNDERWEAR


JULY 19
DAVE STRYKER–“Eight Track Christmas” (Guitar-centric Trio Jazz in the tradition of Wes Montgomery)

AUGUST 23
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND OF COLOGNE–“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” ​(New Orleans Jazz & Blues from German 7-piece)

SEPTEMBER 13
THE MONKEES–“Christmas Party” (Vinyl version of 2018 CD)
THE MONKEES–“Christmas Party” (Limited Red and Green vinyl version of above)

SEPTEMBER 14
VIVA ACOUSTICA–“Christmas Eve” (Blend of instrumental Jazz and Country from Russian group; there will probably be CDs, but you’ll probably have to go to Russia to get them)

SEPTEMBER 18
DAVE KOZ–“Gifts of the Season” (Smooth Jazz; Melissa Manchester sings “All I Want For Christmas Is You”)

SEPTEMBER 20
SEAY–“A Winter Blessing – The Gift” (CD version of New Age vocalist’s album released digitally in 2018)
BRYNN STANLEY–“Classic Christmas” (Jazz vocalist in a classic Big Band/Lush Orchestra setting)
VARIOUS–“Let’s Make Every Day A Christmas Day” (Vintage R&B collection from Jasmine label)
SOUNDTRACK–“Polar Express” (Transparent white vinyl issue of soundtrack to 2004 film)

SEPTEMBER 27
BIG LITTLE KINGDOM–“Alone For Christmas” (Contemplative and melancholy Adult Contemporary set)
ISTHMUS BRASS–“We Need A Little Christmas” (Wisconsin Brass ensemble’s second holiday platter)
VINCE GILL–“The Christmas Collection” (Wide release black vinyl version of 2018 Cracker Barrel Exclusive)
BRENDA LEE–“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree: The Decca Christmas Recordings” (New vinyl; old music)
RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO–“More Sounds of Christmas” (First domestic CD release of Lewis’ second Christmas set)
RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO–“More Sounds of Christmas” (Vinyl version of above)
DIANA ROSS–“Wonderful Christmas Time” (Vinyl version of last year’s CD)
THE TEMPTATIONS–“Christmas Card” (Vinyl re-issue of 1970 Motown release)

OCTOBER 4
JONATHAN BUTLER–“Christmas Together” (2nd Xmas album from Jazz guitarist; many Smooth Jazz guests)
JOSEPH FULLER–“Christmas In The City” (Live outing from Christian Classical Crossover pianist)
LOS LOBOS–“Llego Navidad” (First official commercial Christmas album from Tex Mex Rock combo)
MIRUSIA–“Christmas Memories” (World renowned Australian Soprano and Classical Crossover star)
VARIOUS–“The Best of Christmas Grass” (Bluegrass from the “Christmas Grass” series)
VARIOUS–“Christmas Grass: The Instrumentals” (Bluegrass from the “Christmas Grass” series)
VARIOUS–“NOW Country Christmas” (Latest from the NOW empire)

OCTOBER 11
GERALD ALBRIGHT–“Not So Silent Night” (Jazz sax player; with guests Take 6, Bebe Winans, Jonathan Butler)
DON AMERO–“Amero Little Christmas” (America release of last year’s Canadian Country Christmas set)
JOSE CABRERA–“O Come All Ye Faithful” (Piano set melding Classical, Jazz and Latin sounds)
CHICAGO–“Chicago Christmas 2019” (37th album from horn driven Classic Rock group)
CHICAGO–“Chicago Christmas 2019” (Target exclusive CD features two Target exclusive tracks)
RAY CONIFF–“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” (Collectors vinyl of 1962 album; had been due last November)
DELICATE STEVE–“The Christmas Album” (Multi-instrumentalist releasing vinyl version of last year’s CD)
AMY GRANT–“Home For Christmas” (First time on vinyl for Amy’s 1992 classic)
AMY GRANT–“Christmas” (3-LP vinyl set plus bonus 45 with 2 exclusive tracks)
ERNIE HAASE & SIGNATURE SOUND–“A Jazzy Little Christmas” (Southern Gospel artist)
ANDY WILLIAMS–“Christmas Album” (Audiophile Blue Vinyl reissue of 1963 classic delayed from last year)
SOUNDTRACK–“Love Actually” (Limited Edition Candy Cane vinyl from Real Gone)

OCTOBER 15
BRIAN DOERKSEN–“The Heart of Christmas” (Canadian Christian artist; funded through Kickstarter)
BRIAN DOERKSEN–“The Heart of Christmas” (Vinyl version of above)

OCTOBER 18
BLACKHAWK–“The Spirit of Christmas” (Classic Country group)
THE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY–“A True Family Christmas” (Southern Gospel family’s third)
CHARLIE DANIELS–“Christmas Classics” (Traditional fare collected from Daniels’ earlier Christmas sets)
THE ERWINS–“What Christmas Really Means” (CCM/Worship group)
KEN GRIFFIN–“Back For Christmas” (Traditional holiday and non-holiday fare from late organist)
ROB HALFORD–“Celestial” (Judas Priest front man with his second Yuletide set)
ROB HALFORD–“Celestial” (Vinyl version of above)
JEWEL–“Joy: A Holiday Collection” (20th Anniversary vinyl reissue of Folk Pop singer’s Xmas set)
KEB MO–“Moonlight, Mistletoe & You” (Roots artist blends Blues and romance)
DONNA KING–“All The Lights” (Nashville based Christian/Gospel artist whose 2013 set was quite enjoyable)
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER–“Christmas (35th Anniversary Edition)” (Limited Edition vinyl reissue)
IDINA MENZEL–“Christmas–A Season of Love” (Second seasonal outing from star of stage & screen)
LEON REDBONE–“Christmas Island” (Import CD reissue of the late singer’s Christmas set, feat. Dr. John)
DIONNE WARWICK–“And The Voices of Christmas” (Album of holiday duets from Iconic diva)
VARIOUS–“Carols: The Sounds of Christmas” (Smooth Jazz collection from Trippin N Rhythm label)
VARIOUS–“Christmas At Birdland” (Jazzy cabaret featuring Klea Blackhurst)

OCTOBER 25
92 KEYS–“Christmas” (Pop/Classical Crossover duet of piano and violin)
92 KEYS–“Christmas” (IF there’s a CD, as I suspect there will be, it should be available here)
BOOKER T & THE MGs–“In The Christmas Spirit” (Barnes & Noble exclusive red vinyl of 1966 classic)
JIM BRICKMAN–“Celebration of Christmas” (Yet another Xmas set from Easy Listening artist)
TATIANA EVA-MARIE–“Wintertime Dreams” (30s style Parisian romance via Gypsy Jazz)
ORLA FALLON–“A Winter’s Tale” (Second solo Christmas set from Celtic harpist/singer of Celtic Woman fame)
MAGNE FURUHOLMEN–“White Xmas Lies” (Alt Rock/Alt Pop from former A-Ha keyboard artist)
MAGNE FURUHOLMEN–“White Xmas Lies” (Vinyl version of above)
ANA GASTEYER–“Sugar And Booze” (A mix of Jazz and humor from from SNL cast member)
ANA GASTEYER–“Sugar And Booze” (Vinyl version of above)
DANNY GOKEY–“The Greatest Gift” (CCM performer and former American Idol contestant)
THE HAPPY RACERS–“A Merry Very Christmas” (CD of last year’s digital set of Rock for Kids…of all ages)
LATERAL BLUE–“This Christmas” (Bluegrass group from Green Hill Music)
RACHAEL LEAHCAR–“Together For Christmas” (Australian Pop and Classical singer)

TRINI LOPEZ“My Christmas Gift To You” (Re-issue–with different title–of singer’s 2017 Christmas album)
​LEA MICHELE–“Christmas In The City” (Former Glee star)
SCOTT MILLER–“Mountain Frontier Christmas” (Green Hill release featuring hammered dulcimer)
OAK RIDGE BOYS–“Down Home Christmas” (Country act’s EIGHTH holiday album)
PENTATONIX–“The Best of Pentatonix Christmas” (Collection of past favorites, plus 4 new tracks)
SINGING CONTRACTORS–“Building A Christmas To Remember” (Don’t know, don’t want to know)
WHITEHORSE–“Winter Classic” (Vinyl issue of last year’s set from Canadian duo)
VARIOUS–“Jazz For The Holidays” (Collection of instrumental Jazz from the Green Hill stable of artists)

NOVEMBER 1
MARIAH CAREY–“Merry Christmas: Deluxe Anniversary Edition” (2-CD set includes rare mixes & live tracks)
ELEM ELEY, et. al.–“Christmas Day” (Operatic baritone and assorted accompaniment)
THE 5 BROWNS–“Christmas With The 5 Browns” (Piano playing Classical crossover siblings)
CYNDI LAUPER–“Merry Christmas, Have A Nice Life” (Limited Edition Green vinyl version of 1998 album)
CALEE REED–“Rejoice!” (Christian vocalist)
JOSH ROUSE–“The Holiday Sounds of” (Alt Folk Pop artist inspired by 60s Jazz)
JOSH ROUSE–“The Holiday Sounds of” (Vinyl version of above)
MITCH RYDER–“Christmas Take A Ride” (Vinyl version of last year’s set from Detroit Rocker)
SHE & HIM–“A Very She & Him Christmas” (Vinyl version of 2011 album)
SHE & HIM–“A Very She & Him Christmas” (Barnes & Nobel Vinyl Exclusive version of 2011 album; red and green splatter on solid white)
TRUE CONCORD–“Christmas With True Concord” (Grammy nominated Arizona based Choir and Orchestra)
VANDALS–“Oi To The World Live” (Punk band’s classic 2002 holiday concert on CD for first time)
VANDALS–“Oi To The World Live” (First time on vinyl, as well.  Limited edition white vinyl)
PHIL WICKHAM–“Christmas” (Second Christmas album from CCM artist)
VARIOUS–“An All Star Salute To Christmas” (Re-issue of eclectic 2009 2-CD set)
VARIOUS–“Prog Rock Christmas” (Features Steve Morse, Annie Halsam, and more)
VARIOUS–“Prog Rock Christmas” (Vinyl version of above; red or white)
VARIOUS–“Punk Rock Christmas 2” (Cleopatra follow up to 2015 comp)
VARIOUS–“Punk Rock Christmas 2” (Red vinyl version of above)
SOUNDTRACK–“Home Alone” (Limited Edition Green vinyl version of 1990 soundtrack)

NOVEMBER 8
LEROY ANDERSON–“Complete Christmas Collection” (2-CD set from RealGone)
CHET ATKINS–“Complete RCA & Columbia Christmas Recordings” (2-CD set from RealGone)
STANLEY BLACK–“Christmas Holiday For Romance” (First time on CD for this 1954 Lite Music classic)
NATALIE COLE–“Holly & Ivy” (25th Anniversary reissue from Craft Recordings; remastered)
NATALIE COLE–“Holly & Ivy” (Vinyl version of above; 180gm collector’s grade vinyl)
DOUBLE DRUMS–“Groovin’ Christmas” (German percussion duo)
ERIN HARPE & THE DELTA SWINGERS–“Christmas Swing” (2018 rocking’ Blues set comes to vinyl)
WYNTON MARSALIS–“Big Band Holidays II” (Sequel to 2015 effort with the JLCO)
EUGENE ORMANDY–“Complete Columbia Christmas Albums” (Sonic splendor from RealGone)
JIM REEVES–“Twelve Songs of Christmas (Remastered & Expanded)” (Finally)
DYLAN SCOTT–“Merry Christmas” (Country artist with some classic crooner instincts)
BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA–“Boogie Woogie Christmas” (Green vinyl release of 2002 album)
BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA–“Dig That Crazy Santa Claus” (Red vinyl release of 2005 album)
SIDEWALK PROPHETS–“Merry Christmas To You” (CCM group)
VARIOUS–“Great Songs of Christmas” (RealGone release culled from Goodyear & Grants LPs; first time on CD for 19 of the 20 tracks, including rare Christmas recordings from Gary Puckett and Mark Lindsay)
VARIOUS–“Yulesville” (Collection of early Rock and vintage R&B from Bear Family label)

NOVEMBER 9
NEON SWING X-PERIENCE–“O Howly Night” (Pennsylvania Neo-Swing Jump Jive and Rock band)

NOVEMBER 10
NAT KING COLE–“The Christmas Song” (Target EXCLUSIVE GREEN Vinyl version of classic holiday album)
FRANK SINATRA–“Ultimate Christmas” (Target EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition GREEN Vinyl 2-LP set)

NOVEMBER 15
SAARA AALTO–“Fairytale – Joulun Taikaa” (Finnish Pop star)
BARNES & BARNES–“Holidaze In Lumania” (Last year’s brilliantly demented digital album comes to CD)
​BARNES & BARNES–“Holidaze In Lumania” (Last year’s brilliantly demented digital album comes to vinyl)
MOLLY BURCH–“The Molly Burch Christmas Album” (Amazing Alt Pop artist)
MOLLY BURCH–“The Molly Burch Christmas Album” (Vinyl version of above)
CHRISTMAS JUG BAND–“Live From The West Pole” (More Christmas fun from West Coast collective)
LEAH–“Ancient Winter” (Winter themed set combining Folk, Celtic, Rock & Classical)
LEAH–“Ancient Winter” (Vinyl version of above; color vinyl already sold out)
KAYLENE PEOPLES–“Carol Of The Bells” (CD issue of 2016 digital Jazz EP from California flautist/vocalist)
JOE STILGOE–“The Christmas Album” (Neo-Swing singer/songwriter)
VARIOUS–“A Very Cool Christmas” (2-LP Audiophile 180gm color vinyl comp, ltd and numbered to 1500)

NOVEMBER 18
GERALD KRAMPL–“Advent & Christmas” (2 album set of Neo-Classical/New Age solo piano)

NOVEMBER 22
BAD RELIGION–“Christmas Songs” (GOLD Vinyl version of 2013 EP; Limited to 500 units)
CHICAGO–“Chicago Christmas 2019” (Vinyl version of CD released October 11)
JESSIE CLEMENT–“Winter Wonderland” (21 year old Pop artist)
KEITH HARKIN–“It’s Christmas Time” (Second Christmas album from former Celtic Thunder vocalist)
GOOD LOVELIES–“Evergreen” (Second Christmas album from Canadian vocal harmony Folk Pop trio)
GOOD LOVELIES–“Evergreen” (Vinyl version of above) 
AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS–“Christmas On A Greyhound Bus” (Americana EP)
SILENT WINTERS–“Christmas Morning” (Canadian Folk duo)
VARIOUS–“Merry Luxmas” (A collection of vintage singles from The Cramps’ vinyl basement)

NOVEMBER 29
JUDY COLLINS & JONAS FJELD–“Winter Stories” (Folk, Bluegrass, and Country set of wintry vignettes)
ANNIE HALSAM–“It Snows In Heaven Too” (OOP 2000 album from iconic Renaissance vocalist, remastered)
KATE RUSBY–“Holly Head” (Fifth seasonal set from UK Folk Pop artist)
RICK WAKEMAN–“Christmas Portraits” (Solo piano from progressive keyboard legend)
RICK WAKEMAN–“Christmas Portraits” (Vinyl version of above)

DECEMBER 6
JOHN BARROWMAN–“A Fabulous Christmas” (British vocalist and Doctor Who actor)

DECEMBER 13
JOHN BARROWMAN–“A Fabulous Christmas” (Barrowman’s album arrives at Amazon)

TBA
Backstreet Boys (They’re back, ai’ight?)
​Wade Bowen (Texas Country/Red Dirt singer; he describes it as a “throwback sounding record”)
Lincoln Brewster–“A Mostly Acoustic Christmas Album” (NOV) (Canadian CCM artist)
​Campbell & Green (NOV) (Canadian husband and wife Folk Pop duo)

Elizabeth Chan–“If The Fates Allow” (OCT) (Her 8th in 8 years)
Cher (nuff said)
Clean Pete (Dutch Pop/Rock twin sister duo)

Glenn Crytzer Orchestra–“Underneath The Mistletoe” (Sounds of the Jazz Age and Swing Era; 11 originals, 9 classics; crowdfunded through Kickstarter)
Death Cat–“Death Cat vs. X-Mas” (Experimental Punk multi-media group)

Faith Angelina Dixon (New Age piano from 13 year old prodigy)
​DMX–“DMX-Mas” (Rap)
​Paul Edis (UK Jazz artist)

Pasquale Esposito (Italian tenor)
Luke Evans (Actor known for roles in Beauty & The Beast and the Fast & Furious series)

Faithful Journey (Southern Gospel quartet from the MidWest)
Melody Joyce (EDM singer/songwriter)

Folk Hymnal–“Incarnation Songs, Vol. II” (Christian Folk follow up to last year’s Christmas EP; Kickstarter funded)
Lennie Gallant (Canadian Country star who had one of the best Christmas singles of 2018)
Kellie Haddock (Christian singer songwriter)
HW Klownface–“Desecration of Santa Claus” (Metal artist who won a copyright suit in Judge Judy’s courtroom)

Michael Lington–“A Foreign Affair Christmas” (Danish American Smooth Jazz saxman; lots of guest stars)
Chris Mann (Former Voice contestant who released a Christmas EP in 2012)
​McCrary Sisters (Eclectic R&B/Gospel group have apparently finished the Christmas album they started last year)
​Natalie McMaster (Canadian Celtic fiddler)

Ne-Yo (Soul/R&B)
The New West Symphony & Chorus (70 member choir and orchestra)
Oversight Gallery (Indie Emo band from Indiana)
Dolly Parton (Country superstar says this is definite and will be accompanied by a Christmas tour)
Andrew Ryan (L.A. based Jazz Pop artist)
Salt of the Sound (Ambient Christian Vocal duo)

The Seekers (The band is officially retired; this will be a collection of past Christmas songs, many rare and possibly some unreleased)
Slobberbone (Alt Country band from Texas)
Smashing Pumpkins (Billy seems pretty stoked by the idea)
​Canadian Troubadour Doug Smith–“Christmas In The Valley” (Canadian Country artist)

Sovereign Grace (Worship group planning 3rd Christmas album)
Larry Stewart (Country set from one of the vocalists from Restless Heart)
​Joey Stuckey (NOV) (Blind Georgia Blues Rock artist)
​The Taters (Roots Rock/Americana)

Olivia West–“Hurry Up Santa” (Country Pop; Kickstarter)
Robbie Williams (“Millennium” singer, formerly of Take That)
Various–“Seasonal Favorites, Vol. 5” (Yet another indispensable collection of Surf Rock, etc., from Double Crown)
Various–“A Very Cherry Christmas–Vol. 14” (late NOV) (Brilliant Indie Pop and Rock, curated by Gareth Jones)

POSSIBLE
Carolyn Broussard (Cajun Americana)
Delta Rae (Alt Pop Americana)
​EXO (K-Pop Boy Band)

2020
Paul Kelly (The dude who taught us “How To Make Gravy” for Christmas working on a full holiday album)
​Melvin Seals (Leader of JGB, a Grateful Dead spinoff, with what is expected to be a fairly traditional “churchy” effort)

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