“Santa” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

Here’s another great, little-heard entry into the Christmas song canon, by the amazing Lightnin’ Hopkins. The thing I love about this is that he sings it with the same pained delivery that he used for all his songs; essentially he’s just replaced the “woman” in the blues song form with “Santa”. This track also has some amazing guitar playing, and the sparse production style is a nice antidote to the commercial gloss that tends to enshroud “mainstream” Christmas music.

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