Brian Setzer Previews First Christmas Record in a Decade

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his Brian Setzer Orchestra are poised to release their first studio Christmas album in a decade – Rockin’ Rudolph – October 16 via Surfdog Records.

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“It’s been about 10 years since I made a Christmas record,” says Setzer. “[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’ … 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,” he adds, “is to make them sound hip. Some of them are eternally hip, you know, so you don’t have to do too much.”

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.