The Brian Setzer Orchestra Swings the Saenger

01:30 December 08, 2015
By: Kathy Bradshaw

Singer/songwriter and famed guitarist Brian Setzer will be jumpin’, jivin’ and wailin’, Christmas-style, at the Saenger Theater on December 8.  He and his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra have kicked off a national concert tour in support of their newly-released Rockin’ Rudolph album.  The album, which is the first studio album the band has released in ten Christmases, is a twelve-track tribute to “the most wonderful time of the year.” 

The album contains a big-band version of many of the old Christmas classics, such as “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” because Setzer really digs the Christmas tunes.  Says Setzer, “Christmas music just seems to get more popular every year.” (Indeed, there was at least one radio station that started playing it in October this year).  “These are great songs,” adds Setzer.  “The trick is to make them sound hip.”  A task he definitely succeeds at.  Neither hipness nor rockin’ good music is in short supply on this album. The Brian Setzer Orchestra puts a jazzy spin on all their tracks, and gets particularly creative with such hits as “Rockabilly Rudolph,” and “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide,” which is a swingin’ Christmas rendition of the Flintstones theme song.

Fans can purchase the album at the show or online.  And if they really want something to make them as happy as Christmas morning, they can invest in the Rockin’ Rudolph Deluxe Box Set, which in addition to the standard CD, includes bonus tracks, band photos, drink coasters, a Brian Setzer Christmas tree ornament, a guitar pick, and the best part: Setzer’s very own Murray’s pomade hair product, for that classic Brian Setzer ‘do.  Put a little grease in your hair and a little swing in your holiday stocking.

Setzer has won three Grammies, sold 13 million records, and is considered to be one of the world’s best guitar players alive today.  On December 8, he is bringing some Christmas cheer to New Orleans, with his 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour.  Come see him at the Saenger, and you too will be Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree this year.

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