Thursday, December 14, 2017

NO. 12 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - HOW ABOUT A STRAY CAT DOIN' SOME ROCKABILLY BIG BAND CHRISTMAS

If you remember the hits from the 80's then you'll remember Brian Setzer, the front man for the Stray Cats, who revived Rockabilly with hits like Stray Cat Strut and Rock This Town Tonight. Then, as a solo artist with The Brian Setzer Orchestra, combining Rockabilly and Big Band Jazz, he launched a successful second act with songs like the Grammie Award winning Jump Jive An' Wail. Now, every Christmas, he performs one of the greatest live Christmas shows anywhere with a huge sound of a seventeen piece band and his blazing guitar.

Today, you'll hear three cuts from this rocker who knows how to do hot Christmas tunes. I had the pleasure of seeing The Brian Setzer Orchestra right here in God's Country when he opened for Bob Dylan -  a strange mixture of artists, but great performances by both.

So - To get you ready for all the Christmas parties coming up, enjoy some serious Big Band/Rockabilly Christmas Tunes from Brian Setzer and his Orchestra - No.12 on the 2017 Christmas Countdown with a couple of bonus tunes thrown in - JINGLE BELLS, BLUE CHRISTMAS & ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE.







When in doubt, just say Merry Christmas! And rock around your very own Christmas tree.

d.l.stafford
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

NO. 13 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - THERE IS ONLY ONE RAY LAMONTAGNE

That's right. There is only one. With one of the most unique voices and presentations in popular music today, Ray LaMontagne can deliver any song like no other. With one of the most unique voice stylings you will ever hear, LaMontagne says his voice is different because he sings "through his gut instead of his nose". As a listener, you will hear a soulful, R&B vocal style in the vane of Otis Redding or Van Morrison. I have a theory about great blues/R&B singers - The great ones have an inexplicable pain in there voice. LaMontagne's voice has that quality  that makes you stop and listen intently when he sings.

Please enjoy today's NO. 13 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - THAT SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS BY RAY LAMONTAGNE.



It's an amazingly beautiful day here in God's Country and I have bought one Christmas present - So there! And a Merry Christmas to you too.

d.l.stafford
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NO. 14 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - SIMON'S CAT AND GAFFIGAN FOR LAUGHS

It's Tuesday and only thirteen days 'till Christmas. So I decided today would be a good day to bring a little levity into your busy, harried, stressful December. I now have grown kids, but I remember the shopping (usually done by my bride), the concerts, the food (also done by my bride) and all the other stuff that makes Christmas time, while most enjoyable for kids, a bit nerve racking for big kids (parents). So today's COUNTDOWN TUNES include a couple of Simon's Cat Cartoons and a video from one of the funniest comedians working today, Jim Gaffigan, on Holiday Traditions from his TV special Beyond The Pale. Gaffigan lives in a walk up apartment in New York with his wife and five kids, so you know he has to be funny.

So - take a few, sit back and relax and laugh at today's NO. 14 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - SIMON'S CAT AND JIM GAFFIGAN on the funniest parts of Christmas and then some.










Laugh and laugh and laugh while telling everybody you see MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

d.l.stafford
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Monday, December 11, 2017

NO. 15 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - BUBLE' & STEWART SING A CLASSIC

Michael Buble' is a consummate modern day interpreter of old and new music from the 40's on. Rod Stewart (Sir Roderick David "Rod" Stewart) is a great 60's Rock & Roller who is still bringing his unique take on anything he sings. Sir Rod just shows more proof that those Brits love their rockers. Put these two talents together singing the classic WINTER WONDERLAND  and you get a memorable tune which crosses generations with ease. 

So I hope you enjoy this smooth as silk version of this classic Christmas Tune - NO. 15 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - WINTER WONDERLAND by Michael Buble' and Sir Rod Stewart.



We have no snow here in God's Country, but, we do have the cold to help us relate to Winter Wonderland. So Merry Christmas to all today.

d.l.stafford
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

NO. 16 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - AN AMAZING TWIST ON THE DRUMMER CLASSIC WITH A POWERFUL VIDEO MESSAGE

OK. Today's COUNTDOWN is one of the most powerful versions of the classic Little Drummer Boy ever recorded - in my humble opinion. With British/American singer Alex Boye' fronting Genesis Choir performing an extraordinary video with the true message of Christmas. The singing, the dancing and the music are profound and touching.


Please enjoy today's NO. 16 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - The Little Drummer Boy by Alex Boye' and Genesis Choir.



And to be sure we keep the funk in Christmas, here is a bonus track of Little Drummer Boy by the Christian Rock group from Atlanta - Family Force 5.



It's the next to last Sunday before Christmas, so say Merry Christmas to everyone you see today.

d.l.stafford
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

NO. 17 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - ANOTHER TEXAN - HAYES CARLL - COUNTRY POETRY AT CHRISTMAS

In this age of music that is over produced, over dubbed and lip-sunk, Hayes Carll is an acquired taste. He is the real deal. With a simple country voice that could only be from Texas, a poet's heart and a sarcastic view of life, Carll brings real life, in all its glory and imperfection, to every song he writes and performs. All great songs, particularly country songs, tell a story about life. Today's  tune captures the essence of Christmas with all of the beauty and faults we see in life.

So I hope you will listen to this simple, heart felt dirge/poem set to simple guitar accompaniment and feel better this great season. NO. 17 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - CARL HAYES PERFORMING GRATEFUL FOR CHRISTMAS.



And find a family member and tell them Merry Christmas just to be sure they understand you love them.

d.l.stafford
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Friday, December 8, 2017

NO. 18 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - CROW AND CLAPTON BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

When you put two icons like Sheryl Crow and Eric Clapton together - Well you just know it's going to be good. With eight Grammies and years of great songs and performances, Sheryl Crow always brings outstanding rock and roll bonafides to any song she sings. And, when you throw in Rolling Stone's No. 2 greatest guitarist of all time, Clapton,  you're going to get something worth hearing. Here in God's Country it is a very cold and gloomy day. My fervent hope is that today's COUNTDOWN TUNE will brighten your day.

So, please enjoy NO. 18 ON THE 2017 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - A rock and roll version with two great artists of a modern Christmas Classic MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY.



Wherever you are, I hope your day is full of the promise of this great season. Merry Christmas.

d.l.stafford
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