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MICK KOLASSA - uncle mick’s Christmas Album

ARTIST: Mick Kolassa
TITLE: Uncle Mick’s Christmas Album
FORMAT: CD 9 Tracks
LABEL: Endless Blues Records
RE-RELEASE DATE: 10-18-2022
ARTIST Mick Kolassa  mimsmick.com

This Christmas album was recorded in the 95-degree heat of a Memphis summer, we thought it would be cool. The album is 100% Memphis, every musician, engineer, technician, and guest call Memphis home. Once again Mick Kolassa teamed up with Jeff Jensen to produce a fun-filled and unique album. Combining some originals with Christmas classics

The band put a Memphis spin on everything. Trust us, this ain’t your daddy’s jingle bells! The album opens with Mick’s take on Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”. It is delivered in a very Memphis bluesified fashion. Then the band took “Frosty the Snowman” right down Beale Street in a Second Line kind of way. Mick’s original “The Best Christmas Ever” is a fun and funky love song about a very special Christmas present.

The blues classic “Merry Christmas Baby” is followed by a VERY different take on the previously unbluesy “Jingle Bells” – the band brought this song to Memphis in a big way! “Winter Wonderland”, which provides some lightness to the mix, is followed by “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, delivered with an R&B feeling and featuring Rick Steff on multiple key instruments – including a Mellotron.

Mick’s blues rocker “Christmas Morning Blues” is a story of a Christmas that fell victim to a classic blues problem. The album closes with
the band’s “Beale Street Christmas Jam”, in which the musicians each take a shot at fitting a classic Christmas song into a 12-bar 1-4-5 shuffle. All in all, we hope this album is as much fun to listen to as it was to produce

T H E M U S I C I A N S
Mick Kolassa VOCALS AND GUITAR
Jeff Jensen GUITAR
Bill Ruffino BASS
Rick Steff KEYS
James Cunningham DRUMS
Eric Hughes HARMONICA
Marc Franklin TRUMPET
Reba Russell BACKING VOCALS
Susan Marshall BACKING VOCALS

Tracklist

1 All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff) 4:25
2 Frosty the Snowman (Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson) 2:43
3 The Best Christmas Ever (Mick Kolassa) 5:34
4 Merry Christmas Baby (Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore) 5:19
5 Jingle Bells (Traditional) 4:28
6 Winter Wonderland (Felix Bernard and Richard Bernhard Smith) 3:08
7 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane) 3:38
8 Christmas Morning Blues (Mick Kolassa) 3:25
9 Beale Street Christmas Jam (Jeff Jensen and Mick Kolassa) 3:28

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  • Frank Roszak 
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