Jams & Joints #6: Honky Tonk Xmas

For your listening pleasure, a special Christmas edition of our Jams & Joints series!

Our dear friend Kyle Wortham created a little outlaw country playlist for us. He’s an expert on classic trucks...and classic country. This playlist will give you the giddy up and go to lasso those last minute gifts! Now go on, git!

(We've listed the tracks and Kyle notes below in case you don't use Spotify)

Honky Tonk Christmas | Dale Watson | Grab a joint, a Fruit Cake and a Lone Star. Throw the fruit cake in the garbage, light your joint and turn up Texas Troubadour Dale Watson as he sets the pace for this Honky Tonk Christmas Playlist

Santa Claus is Back in Town | Dwight Yoakam | Dwight combines a little Bakersfield Beat, Texas Shuffle and a fiddle to deliver some Ho, Ho, Honky Tonk.

Santa Looks A Lot Like Daddy | Del Reeves | Primarily known for fast paced, pill poppin’, white line-ing, over the road, truckin’ songs, Del takes this Christmas off ramp to grab a quick cup of coffee and sing about Santa.

Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause | George Jones & Tammy Wynette | The King and Queen of Honk Tonk released this Christmas album during the peak of their reign. The couple were married and divorced twice including their final separation in 1975, two years after this Christmas album release.

Christmas Time’s a-Comin’ | The Johnny Cash Family | No introduction needed. Dust off your boots and dance around the circle with Johnny, June and Family.

Christmas Shopping | Buck Owens | Buck uses his classic Telecaster to help vent his frustration over Christmas commercialism as noted in the lyric, “I’d sure like to get my hands on the fella that said that shoppin’s fun.” Plus, this was pre-Best Buy.

Reindeer Boogie | Hank Snow | Hank Snow is a Country Hall of Famer with a long and impressive classic country music pedigree. Snow was a staple at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and even had Elvis open his shows early in Presley’s career. Hank Snow seizes the season to tickle the ivories, fire up his band and fan the flames of Christmas with some honky tonk boogie.  Let it Hank Snow.

I Can’t Have a Merry Christmas (Mary without You) | Jerry Lee Lewis | The original keyboard outlaws, The Killer sings that his Christmas will be just a little less merry this year without Mary.

Pretty Paper | Willie Nelson | Pretty Paper is one of the most covered country Christmas songs classics, but Willie makes it his own with his signature guitar licks, help of his Family and Mickey Raphael’s perfect harmonica accents.

Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed to John Prine) | Kris Kristofferson | And a carpenter too. Jesus was A Capricorn is the title track from Kristoffeson’s fourth record, released in 1972 and includes one of the raddest album covers in history. Kristofferson uses the title track to namecheck one of his biggest influences, legendary folk songwriter, John Prine. 

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