"Nobody's been NAUGHTY/
Everybody's been NICE!"
Plain and simple, Have Yourself A Tractors Christmas is THE soundtrack for your next Christmas BBQ. (You do have Christmas BBQs, don't ya?) Roch Parisien, over at allmusic, says it best:
"Country Christmas gets wrapped up boogie blues rockin' style"
This CD gets plenty of playing time every Christmas here at The Hideaway; it's that good. Don't let the "country" mention above deter you as the band's sound is closer to 95% boogie blues rockin'. Think ZZ Top, a more rockin' Uncle Daddy or this. Santa is name-checked in four different song titles, including a cover of Buck Owens' "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy" but the majority of the songs are originals by the Oklahoma based group of seasoned Nashville studio vets.
The Tractors weren't done with Christmas yet - they returned in 2002 with The Big Night, their second Holiday-themed album. Hideaway commenter and HERC fave Jim Bartlett calls the title track
"A rockin' good record...that ought to be more popular than it is."
The album is more of the same: blues boogie originals and some sweet covers of a few classics although this one has more a western swing and bluegrass flavor to it than their previous Christmas album to HERC's ears. The Santa name-checking song titles continued with three this time with one of them also evoking Bo Diddley: "Bo Diddley Santa Claus".