Review: An Americana Christmas (New West Records)

An Americana ChristmasIf you’re looking for a collection of Christmas music that doesn’t feature the same old tired songs that have been done countless times before, An Americana Christmas might be right up your alley. Featuring original holiday-themed songs from The Band (“Christmas Must Be Tonight,”) John Prine (“Everything Is Cool,”) Corb Lund (“Just Me and These Ponies,”) Johnny Cash (“The Gifts They Gave”) and Old 97’s (“Here It Is Christmas Time,”) the album also has a neat collection of revamped traditional holiday songs. Valerie June honky-tonks up “Winter Wonderland” while Luther Dickinson delivers a slick, soulful take on “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”