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Putumayo Presents Acoustic Christmas

By Dan Storper, December 1, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Dan Storper

Read on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Christmas collection, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Jeffrey!

Acoustic Christmas

Christmas music evokes the spirit of fireside gatherings with family, singing carols and reminiscing about Christmases past, and Putumayo’s newest release, Acoustic Christmas, continues to celebrate the tradition.

An album sure to make its way into your yearly holiday rotation, it features both newly penned songs and lesser- known interpretations of old standards. Whether enjoyed in a cozy log cabin or an urban apartment, these songs will provide merry accompaniment to every family’s Christmas celebration.

Mindy Smith opens the collection with gossamer guitar rhythms and lilting vocals on her original tune, “It Really Is (A Wonderful Life).” The album takes a jazzy turn with The Sugar Thieves’ swinging take on Eartha Kitt’s sassy classic, “Santa Baby,” and Leon Redbone offers a twist of 1930’s New York jazz with “That Old Christmas Moon,” featuring his signature syncopated Harlem stride piano cuts. She & Him, the duo featuring actress/singer Zooey Deschanel, take us back to the fireside with their gently swaying rendition of “The Christmas Waltz,” before the tempo lifts again as the album moves into Emilie-Claire Barlow’s cheerfully bouncing interpretation of the wintertime favorite, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Charles Brown adds a dash of West Coast blues to the mix with his smooth, saxophone-infused classic, “Please Come Home for Christmas,” followed by one of the most widely recorded Christmas standards of all time, “The Christmas Song,” sung by jazz singer Stacey Kent. With her take on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Stephanie Davis evokes the universal holiday theme of going home for Christmas, if not in person, then at least in heart and spirit. Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, led by Mari Jones, give the collection a taste of Christmas in the 1950s with their bluesy hit, “Merry Christmas Baby.” Finally, Hem’s brings the album to a close with “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as Sally Ellyson’s gentle vocals shepherd listeners off to dreamland amid images of mistletoe, shining stars and flying reindeer.

Acoustic Christmas will provide a chance to revisit some favorite Christmas songs interpreted by an impressive array of singer-songwriters, while making new holiday favorites as well.

Do you love Christmas music in its many forms? Share your favorite Christmas song by Wednesday, December 11 and be entered to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Christmas CDs, including Acoustic Christmas, Jazz & Blues Christmas, New Orleans Christmas, Celtic Christmas and Christmas Around The World.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends December 11, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

 

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11 Comments

Comments

Archena says ...
Love acoustic music and the holidays are special!
12/01/2013 3:57:45 PM CST
Pamela Dilley says ...
Christmas Island by Leon Redbone always makes me smile. But I also have to laugh at George Strait's Christmas Cookies. Neither are overplayed like so many songs.
12/01/2013 10:26:04 PM CST
Deborah Hamilton says ...
My favorite Christmas song is I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day. Please enter me in the drawing for the music CD. Thanks and Merry Christmas to y'all!
12/02/2013 7:29:01 AM CST
William Dunphy says ...
Wonderful Christmas Music to enjoy
12/02/2013 5:20:34 PM CST
Tava says ...
I have 2 favourite Christmas songs - Pretty Paper (generally the Roy Orbison version but the Willie Nelson version is great considering he wrote it!) and That Spirit Of Christmas - Ray Charles which most people know as the song playing when Clark gets stuck in the attic in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.
12/02/2013 8:28:43 PM CST
Jane Wood says ...
"The Christmas Song" is my favorite. How can you go wrong with Nat King Cole piping: "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire / Jack Frost nipping at your nose"!
12/03/2013 4:44:56 PM CST
Belinda Abraham says ...
"Mary, did you know?" and "I'll be home for Christmas". This song reminds me of WWII and those soldiers that never got to come home for Christmas.
12/05/2013 2:45:04 AM CST
Jeffrey Abraham says ...
The First Noel
12/05/2013 2:48:32 AM CST
Michael McClung says ...
My favorite is 'Super Mario's Sleigh Ride' by The OneUps
12/11/2013 1:52:18 PM CST
susan says ...
My all time favorite christmas song is I want a hippopotamus for christmas... but if you're talking "classical christmas" my favorite would be 12 days of christmas!
12/11/2013 6:11:16 PM CST
Jeffrey Abraham says ...
Thank you for the CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Christmas collection. With moving during the holiday season it's been hard on my wife. This brightened her day and she loves Christmas music.
12/27/2013 12:38:13 PM CST