Here at AUK, we are jolly souls, who like to share the seasonal joy – three things we particularly love are endlessly debatable top ten lists, Christmas songs, and Roseanne Reid. Could it be possible to combine all three? Indeed, it could! We are delighted to spread a little peace and goodwill to all with a selection box of festive musical treats specially selected for us by the wonderful Roseanne Reid.
For the uninitiated, Reid’s 2019 debut album, ‘Trails’, has just been selected as one of the Sunday Times’ albums of the year. Her characterful voice and excellent songcraft have won over critics and fans alike and captured the attention of Steve Earle, who contributed vocals on one of the album’s highlights, ‘Sweet Annie’. Her song ‘Amy’ won the Lyric Only category of the Nashville International Song Competition this year and is one of the nominees for an Americana Music Association UK award. But most importantly, Reid loves a good Christmas song. From a long, long list of festive favourites suggested by the elves at AUK, Reid has chosen the top ten seasonal melodies to help bring you a little Christmas cheer. When the nut roast is burnt and the turkey is still frozen, the kids have already broken their new toys and the dog has eaten Santa’s mince pie, sit back with a glass of something unhealthily strong, stick on these tunes and all will be well.
A very merry Christmas to all from Americana UK and Roseanne Reid. Enjoy!
Roseanne Reid: For me, Americana Christmas songs are a chance to enjoy the more festive sides of some of my favourite artists. It’s easy to love and relate to tunes about dysfunctional families at the most wonderful time of the year! While it was quite the task to narrow down a top 10, I’ve aimed for a selection to hit all the important holiday bases – the comical, the heartfelt, and the classic covers. Enjoy with some mulled wine for maximum listening satisfaction!
1. Hey Skinny Santa! – JD McPherson
2. If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
3.Nothing But A Child – Steve Earle
4. Merry Christmas From The Family – Robert Earl Keen
5. Pretty Paper – Willie Nelson
6. Suddenly it’s Christmas – Loudon Wainwright III
7. The First Noelle – Emmylou Harris
8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Wildwood Kin
9. Christmas – Teddy Thompson
10. Christmas 1984 – Brandi Carlile