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Happy Holidays

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Kelly Willis and her spouse Bruce Robison both have a knack for writing simple, emotionally straightforward country tunes, and they know how to make them work in the studio with plenty of heart and soul and a low level of extraneous fluff. So it's good to see them release a collaborative album at last, even if it's a modest Christmas-themed effort, and Happy Holidays finds the couple in fine form together. Dominated by covers Robison contributes the album's sole original, "Oklahoma Christmas," which sounds like a more concise and less snarky variation on Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas from the Family", Happy Holidays moves back and forth between seasonal torch songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Kelly Willis and her spouse Bruce Robison both have a knack for writing simple, emotionally straightforward country tunes, and they know how to make them work in the studio with plenty of heart and soul and a low level of extraneous fluff. So it's good to see them release a collaborative album at last, even if it's a modest Christmas-themed effort, and Happy Holidays finds the couple in fine form together. Dominated by covers Robison contributes the album's sole original, "Oklahoma Christmas," which sounds like a more concise and less snarky variation on Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas from the Family", Happy Holidays moves back and forth between seasonal torch songs Willis sounds sexy indeed on "Santa Baby," and she and Robison are both playful and sensuous on "Baby, It's Cold Outside", somber but celebratory numbers such as "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "A Winter's Tale" delivered respectively by Willis and Robison with feeling and dignity, and twangy Yuletide tunes, such as Charlie Louvin's "Shut in at Christmas," Buck Owens' "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy," and the tongue-in-cheek "Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk." While the production and arrangements are elegant and concise, this hardly sounds like a tossed-together Christmas quickie, with the headliners and their backing musicians presenting these songs with care and affection, and if this isn't the twang-tastic holiday disc some might have expected, it delivers equal portions of taste, passion and great music, and anyone with an ear for either Willis or Robison will want to have this on hand for their tree-trimming party.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431088223
  • Catalog Number: 10882

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kelly Willis Primary Artist
Floyd Domino Piano
Kevin McKinney Guitar
Riley Osbourne Keyboards
George Reiff Bass
Bruce Robison Bass
Rafael Gayol Drums
Glenn Kawamoto Bass
Chip Dolan Keyboards, Hammond Organ
John Ludwick Bass Fiddle
Keith Gattis Electric Guitar
Tracy Seeger Strings
Gary Newcomb Pedal Steel Guitar
Jeff Plankenhorn Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Ames Asbell Strings
Conrad Choucroun Drums
Sara Nelson Strings
Leigh Mahoney Strings
Eamon McLoughlin Fiddle
Andrew Nafziger Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar
Warren Hood Fiddle
Bobby Natanson Drums
Larry E. Williams Saxophone
Technical Credits
Buck Owens Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Bill Danoff Composer
Jay Hudson Engineer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Taffy Nivert Composer
Bruce Robison Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Philip Springer Composer
R.B. Morris Composer
Kevin Szymanski Engineer
James Calloway Engineer
Tony Springer Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Joan Javits Composer
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