Yes, Christmas is coming and this our first festive mention…Old friends and collaborators Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy present you with a Christmas gift; this new holiday single comprised of two songs from the Everly Brothers’ catalog, “Christmas Eve Can Kill You” and “Lovey Kravezit”.
The Original Version:
The video was shot bt Lara Miranda during the track’s Nashville recording sessions produced by David Ferguson at Butcher Shop Studio, as well as footage depicting the spirit of the project from McCreary County, KY.
From the Seeger Sisters to Mariah Carey, Elvis to Sinatra, from Johnny Cash to Merle Haggard; there is a remarkably strong tradition of fa-la-la-ing in popular music -to say nothing of the rich tradition of the holiday music video. Yet this is definitely not what one expects to see in a holiday music video -there’s no snow, no presents, no sacrificial goose or other consumable indulgences; but rather the tenets of what a pre-capitalist Christmas looks like. The elements at the core of why people celebrate holidays to begin with – friendship, collaboration, warmth, rejuvenation and joy.
Christmas Eve Can Kill You also offers a foreshadowing glimpse at Oldham and McCarthy’s forthcoming full-length record of songs they learned from Everly Brothers records; a project inspired by the songstress’ young daughters’ love of the rhythm and blues duo. In true Everly style, the video showcases harmony as a medium -which is eminently worthy of attention (and even adulation). Given the depth and dynamism of Will and Dawn’s natural harmonic ability, this video is sure to awaken the inner holiday spirit (and beasts!) like no other one this season.
Christmas Eve Can Kill You is a collective effort by: Dawn McCarthy, Bonny Billy, Emmett Kelly, Dave Roe, Kenny Malone, Billy Contreras, David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney. Recorded by David Ferguson and Mastered by Paul Oldham.
The single will be released on 7″ on the 19th of November. Pre-order your copy here