Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree: A Vintage Holiday Mixtape

Christmas Aquarium Drunkard mix

Each December, Brian Reese at Big Rock Candy Mountain deals out a month’s worth of holiday esoterica from the far corners of vintage twang, fuzz, scuzz, r&b, blues, country, garage, lounge and beyond. Keeping it loose, he trims his tree with Red Simpson and Mae West, then tops it off with The Sonics, Hank Snow and Champion Jack Dupree. It’s a heady brew. For those of you with SIRIUS/XM radio, Reese is my guest December 21st…for those of you sans satelite radio, the below 33 track mix is a taste of what your can catch over on the Mountain every December. Go ahead, deck them halls.

Download and tracklisting after the jump. . .

Download: Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree: A Vintage Holiday Mixtape (116 mb)

Jack Scott – There’s Trouble Brewing [A-Side Version]
The Sonics – I Don’t Believe In Christmas
Mae West – Put The Loot In The Boot, Santa
Roosevelt Sykes – Let Me Hang Your Stockings In Your Christmas Tree
Patsy Raye – Beatnik’s Wish
Big John Greer – Santa Do The Mambo
Kay Martin And Her Body Guards – Santa’s Doing The Horizontal Twist
The Marquees – Christmas in the Congo
Tony Rodelle Larson and The Saints – Cool Yule
Babs Gonzales – Be-Bop Santa Claus
Champion Jack Dupree – Santa Claus Blues
Clyde Lasley & The Cadillac Baby Specials – Santa Came Home Drunk
Andre Williams – Poor Mr. Santa
Hasil Adkins – Santa Claus Boogie
Thee Headcoatees – Santa Clause
The Wailers – Christmas Spirit
Nathaniel Mayer – Mr. Santa Claus
Tom Waits – Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
Brenda Lee – I’m Going To Lasso Santa Claus
Hank Thompson – I’d Like To Have An Elephant For Christmas
Eddie and De Havelon – Christmas Party
Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
Hank Snow – Reindeer Boogie
Red Simpson – Truckin’ Trees For Christmas
Loretta Lynn – To Heck With Ole Santa Claus
Roger Miller – Old Toy Trains
Ernest Tubb & His Texas Troubadours – I’ll Be Walkin’ the Floor This Christmas
Pee Wee King – Rootin’ Tootin’ Santa Claus
Rev. J.M. Gates – Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail?
The Youngsters – Christmas In Jail
Buck Owens – Santa Looked A lot Like Daddy (Daddy Looked A Lot Like Him)
The Everly Brothers – Christmas Eve Can Kill You
Red Sovine – Here It Is Christmas

Related: Spotify people, you don’t want to miss this, Aquarium Drunkard – The Eggnog Is Spiked: Part 2

28 thoughts on “Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree: A Vintage Holiday Mixtape

  1. Big Rock is THE holiday music destination. He even posts when he is hungover.

    By the way, how did you get a picture of my grandmother decorating her aluminum tree?

  2. Listened to this one the whole way through today – awesome!! Thanks a lot!
    (Btw, I think the Wailers track is cut off.)

  3. Tip for above link: Firefox Right-click open new tab.

    Psyched! been waiting all of December for a mix like this, as all of mine are on dead drives.

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