Dan Hicks, of the band Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, here leads his perennially quirky and hip Jug Band (who've individually played with everyone from Elvis Costello
to Etta James
and Commander Cody
) through a live set of loose standards and a few egg-nogged originals. The Jug band rocks, swings, and swerves off the road in performances recorded live on Christmas Eve 1989, and December 23 and 24, 1990. Hicks's and his fellow Juggers' droll and often tongue-in-cheek delivery of Christmas goodies is certain to charm even the most vexed Scrooge. And with his originals "Under the Mistletoe," "Santa As Seen on TV (Sheik of Araby)," plus a reworking of Van Morrison
's "Gloria" (here aptly titled "S.A.N.T.A"), it becomes clear that the band is inviting listeners to a great party. Throw in sundry chestnuts like "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'" and Tim Eschliman's "He's on Holiday in His Mind" and you've got highly flammable contents under pressure that are bound to be "Rockin' the Nativity Scene." A great companion piece to the Jug Band's five-star Mistletoe Jam
album. - Martin Keller
Christmas Eve LIVE from Sweetwater (Mill Valley, Ca). Festive 2nd album by the kings of folksy holiday hijinks: Dan Hicks, Commander Cody alumnus and S.F. Bay luminaries Greg Dewey (Country Joe), Tim Eschliman (Rhythmtown-Jive), Turtle Vandemarr, Austin deLone, Paul Rogers (Those Darn Accordions), Jim Rothermel, Blake Richardson. Includes Santa As Seen on T.V.
, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, S.A.N.T.A. (Gloria) and many others to make your Christmas festive and fun.