Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas With Karling: a holiday treat for rockabilly and western country fans

Looking for a last minute holiday gift for your rockabilly/western country friends? No problem – head over to and wrap up Christmas for Karling. My favorite Southern California rockabilly gal - the British-born singer-songwriter Karling Abbeygate - has just released her first holiday album and I’m hooked. Although she includes a number of classic holiday favorites (“Jingle Bells,” “The First Noel,” “Deck the Halls,” and “Silent Night”), the original tunes are what makes this album unique.
As soon as you pop in the CD, you know this is going to be a one-of-a-kind Christmas album. It kicks off with the oddball tune “What’s in the Box,” a track Tim Burton and Danny Elfman would be proud of with mystery contents, goofy sound effects, and slightly creepy back-up vocals. Then there’s the Wanda Jackson-esque “Christmas Party,” the perfect soundtrack for getting your eggnog on.
Karling’s pouting, whispery voice on “Santa’s Got a Crush On Me” will remind anyone of Marilyn Monroe’s sexy “Happy Birthday” and you can see how she’s got a hold on the big man in red. But what I adore about the song are Karling’s creative and innovative lyrics about a very naughty Santa and a vindictive, jealous Mrs. Claus. A slightly more twisted and dark version of the classic “Santa Baby,” the humor which laces this track (and others) makes this a holiday record I’m not ashamed to admit plays on repeat in the car.
CLICK HERE to read the rest of the review on my Examiner site....