Sammy Kershaw - A Sammy Klaus Christmas
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A Sammy Klaus Christmas (Big Hit, 2012)

Sammy Kershaw

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

It's appropriate Sammy Kershaw decorated the CD cover of his new Christmas album with artwork that looks like it was created by a child. This is because the music contained within is equally simple and unpretentious. Kershaw never gets too fancy with the arrangements to these songs. They're all relatively basic country, with only essential and necessary instrumentation on each track.

In between the opening reading of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and the concluding Louisiana-accented take on the same poem, Kershaw strings together a homey set of musical Christmas lights. Most of these are familiar and popular songs, although the included Up On The Housetop doesn't get nearly enough recoded love. It may be a children's sing-along, but it certainly brings back wonderful Christmas memories for many. There is also the almost obligatory 'why can't be Christmas 365 days a year' song with That Spirit of Christmas, as well as one rocking blues entry via Santa Claus Is Back In Town.

Kershaw produced the album himself and sings it with plenty of gusto and feeling. Department store gift wrapped presents may look sharp, but nothing compares to homemade ones, like this one from Sammy Kershaw.

CDs by Sammy Kershaw

Do You Know Me: A Tribute to George Jones, 2014 A Sammy Klaus Christmas, 2012 Better Than I Used to Be, 2010 Honky Tonk Boots, 2006

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