Brian Setzer Orchestra ’12th Annual Christmas Rocks!’

 

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner BRIAN SETZER and THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA exclusively premiered ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH—their first studio Christmas album in 10 years.

Due out Friday, October 16 via Surfdog Records, the album was produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc.) 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. Click here to watch a short sizzle video for ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH, available now to pre-order as a limited edition box set, CD, vinyl or download.

The 18-piece band will support the album with a major concert tour, the “12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour, featuring music from the new album plus music off their three previous best-selling holiday albums. The outing will visit 31 cities beginning Saturday, November 14 in Minneapolis and stop in Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Santa Rosa on Wednesday, December 23. For an up-to-date list of tour dates and tickets, visit: briansetzer.com/tour.

“It’s been about 10 years since I made a Christmas record,” says SETZER. “It [Christmas music] just seems to get more popular every year. They’re classic songs and you wonder after a couple records how many of them are left. Once you dig in you find, wow! I’ve haven’t done ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ you know. I’ve never done ‘Here Comes Santa Claus!’ Ones that everyone knows and are still out there. 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.”

 

About Brian Setzer:
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner, is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Tom Petty. That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, SETZER received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of musical instruments at the museum including Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and John Coltrane’s saxophone.

 

For more information, visit: The Brian Setzer Orchestra 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

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