Chuck Leavell What's in That Bag?
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- Released: July 25, 2005
- Label: Terminus Records
Entertainment Weekly - 12/4/98, p.107"...Rollicking, casually funky, and Dixie-fried, Leavell's holiday album is for those who prefer roasting pecans over an open fire." - Rating: B
- 1.It's Just Not Christmas
- 2.Merry Christmas Baby
- 4.Joy Boogie
- 5.Please Come Home For Christmas - (featuring Lisa Fischer)
- 6.Oh Christmas Tree
- 7.Hey Santa
- 8.God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
- 9.We Three Kings
- 10.Even Santa Gets the Blues
- 11.Away in a Manger
- 13.O Holy Night
Personnel: Chuck Leavell (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, organ, keyboards); Scott Boyer, Kevin Holly, Mike Copeland (guitar); Dave Pomeroy , David Hood, David Hungate (bass guitar); Roger Hawkins, Mark Hynes (drums); Lisa Fischer, Muscle Shoals Horns.
In blues-rock circles, Chuck Leavell was famed for his work with the Allman Brothers and the Rolling Stones, but he never cut a solo album to showcase his talents. When he began his solo career in 1998, he made an odd choice -- he decided to record a Christmas album, What's in That Bag?. Even though it isn't a choice many other musicians may have made, the resulting album is quite charming. His backing group of studio musicians, including the Muscle Shoals Horns and vocalist Lisa Fischer, is first-rate, and the album has a warm feel which suits the carols just right. Leavell throws in a couple of originals (including the great "Hey Santa") and newly written tunes to balance such standards as "Merry Christmas Baby," "Greensleeves," "Away in a Manger," "We Three Kings," "Joy to the World" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." It all makes for a pleasing, bluesy holiday album that happens to also confirm Leavell's great talents as a keyboardist. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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