Recordings

Darius Rucker covers exactly what you’d expect him to on his first Christmas album,
Wait a sec, if this is the only holiday album we’ll ever need, why is it only Volume 1?
Smokey Robinson and the Temptations bookend a collection featuring new Hitsville upstarts like Ne-Yo, Tasha Cobbs, India.Arie, Toni Braxton, Babyface, and VaShawn Mitchell
The Xmas-Men are actually Robert Earl Keen’s backing band, taking a seasonal detour without the Texan singer-songwriter.
Anthony Hamilton takes a decidedly unclichéd approach to the season on Home for the Holidays.
Meet the Vamps (Christmas Edition) isn’t nearly as rancid as it sounds.
Pianist Jim Brickman is sort of like John Tesh for people with the good taste not to listen to John Tesh.
The two sides of Blue Rodeo duke it out over a bunch of covers.
Assuming that you don’t live in a squatter’s shack on Grouse Mountain, Christmas songs don’t make a hell of a lot of sense in these parts.
Canada’s First Lady of the Guitar can’t shred the nylon strings the way she once could, due to a condition called focal dystonia.