Is Christmas a time to be blue?…well we certainly hope not, but it can be a great time to play some blues. Over the years, going as far back as Blind Lemon Jefferson, who tragically died in a snowstorm, a few days before Christmas 1929, having suffered a heart attack, blues men and women have sung about the holiday season while playing the blues.
In more recent times B.B. King has even recorded a whole album full of Christmas songs and we’ve included some of his best on our playlist of 40 Blues crackers! Other blues greats that have sung Christmas tinged blues include, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, both Sonny Boy Williamson's and Freddie King.
It’s not just bluesmen that have sung of Christmas; we’ve included Etta James, Sheryl Crow, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Victoria Spivey and the excellent Shemekia Copeland. And if you like your blues a little more modern there’s Mr Clapton, Canned Heat, and Jonny Lang.
Anyway, we think this is the perfect soundtrack for a Bluesy little Christmas, but we’d love to hear of some of your favourites.
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