We just finished celebrating Halloween–or as we call it ’round these parts, Nerdoween–but we were at the mall the other day and wouldn’t you know it, many of the stores already had Christmas displays up. We’re all for giving Thanksgiving its turn, but we’re also super happy to premiere this new Christmas song from Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets today. Get in the holiday spirit early and check out “The North Pole Express”, a classic-sounding rockabilly tune that perfectly evokes the nostalgia of timeless Christmas songs.
The track is a live performance taken from the upcoming The Quality Holiday Revue Live album, which will be released on November 27–Black Friday–and was recorded last year in Boston.
After releasing Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family in 2013, the New York Times said that Lowe is “surely up there with Bob Dylan and Scott Weiland as one of the most surprising artists to record a Christmas album.” Alas, he did it anyway, and who can blame him? Something about the inherent joy of the holiday season makes Christmas music so much fun, so we imagine that Lowe really enjoyed himself touring behind lighthearted jingle bell rock in 2014, as is evidenced by “The North Pole Express.”
We have even more good news: Lowe will spread holiday cheer once again this year with a brief tour in support of the live album, so check out his upcoming dates below, and if he’s going to be in your neck of the woods, get some tickets here.
Nick Lowe’s 2015 Quality Holiday Revue tour dates
12/02: Durham, NC – Bryan Center Reynolds Industries Theater
12/03: Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theater
12/04: Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
12/05: Nashville, TN – City Winery Nashville
12/09: Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
12/10: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
12/11: San Francisco, CA – The Great American Music Hall
12/12: Napa, CA – City Winery Napa
12/14: Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub
12/16: Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
12/18: Seattle, WA – Neptune
12/19: Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theatre
Featured image courtesy of Nick Lowe