I'm somewhat ambivalent when it comes to Christmas tunes. On one hand, because they're largely public domain, you hear them pumped through nearly every speaker you encounter this time of year. But at the same time, they're fuzzy and inviting, and every once in a while you come across a new or interesting arrangement in which an artist truly makes the damn thing his or her own.
Such is the case with many of the artists featured in MTV and CMT Edge's Holidaze performance series. A handful of the performers tapped for the 'Daze series are locals, and they recently played a smattering of awfully sweet Christmas songs just down the block from Scene/Cream HQ at The Station Inn here in The Gulch. Among the featured artists is rock 'n' roll-edged country chanteuse Nikki Lane — also the brains behind Friday night's show at Oak Valley Lanes — who offered up the rendition of "Away in a Manger" you can see above or at this link. Also embedded after the jump and included in the series are: Jonny "The Artist Formally Known as Corndawg" Fritz doing an a cappella, Doc Watson-inspired version of "Hush, My Babe" (he left his guitar at home); Charlie Peacock doing a graceful rendition of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" with a vocal assist from the mellifluously voiced Ruby Amanfu; and down-home bluegrass wunderkind Sierra Hull taking on "What Child Is This." Get in the spirit above and after the jump.
Jonny Fritz, "Hush, My Babe"
Charlie Peacock with Ruby Amanfu, "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
Sierra Hull, "What Child Is This"