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Brian Setzer to Release First New Studio Christmas Album in 10 Years

Brian Setzer
Brian Setzer. Credit: Russ Harrington

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and The Brian Setzer Orchestra will release ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH – their first studio Christmas album in 10 years – on Friday, October 16 via Surfdog Records. The 18-piece band will support the album with a major concert tour, the “12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour,” delivering the rocking and colorful holiday extravaganza they’re known for.

“It’s been about 10 years since I made a Christmas record,” said Setzer in a statement. “It [Christmas music] just seems to get more popular every year… These songs are great songs. It doesn’t matter if they’re holiday songs or when they were written, they’re just great songs. So the trick,” adds SETZER, “is to make them sound hip. Some of them are eternally hip, you know, so you don’t have to do too much.”

Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper) and recorded in both Nashville, TN and Hollywood, CA, the 12-track ROCKIN’ RUDOPLH includes highlights such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide,” and “Rockabilly Rudolph,” among other notable Christmas classic tunes with Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings matched with The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements.

Fans will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition, numbered deluxe package of the album via PledgeMusic.com.

ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH Track Listing:

1. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
2. “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide”
3. “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
4. “Rockabilly Rudolph”
5. “Here Comes Santa Claus”
6. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
7. “Swingin’ Joy”
8. “Carol of the Bells”
9. “Little Jack Frost”
10. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
11. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
12. “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide” (extended)

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