And we couldn’t help but smile every time “Here Comes Santa Claus” came ’round. There’s 15 tracks in all on Christmas From The Heart, and while not every one is great, enough are for this to be a mandatory holiday play from now on here at tom-mcgee.com World Headquarters.
Besides Bob’s careworn voice, he puts together his usual assortment of killer sidemen. They treat it like “roots” music, treating each one with loving care and respect. They have an old-timey feel about that that’s wonderfully authentic. That includes this little bit of zydeco madness:
Highlights also include the slide guitar and fiddle work on “Winter Wonderland,” and the background vocals on “Christmas Island” and “I’ll be Home For Christmas” (which are right out of an early ’60s variety show). Fun stuff.