Album Review: Sammy Kershaw - A Sammy Klaus Christmas
By: Matt Bjorke
One of country music's most-gifted vocalists, Sammy Kershaw sounds completely engaged on A Sammy Klaus Christmas, something that a lot of lesser-talented singers should pay attention to. Yes, he's singing holiday classics, for the most part, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be treating the songs with the respect they deserve.
Classics like "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and "Jingle Bells" showcase Sammy's traditionalist vocals while his soulful take on That Spirit of Christmas," a Ray Charles classic that shows off a side of Sammy not often featured on the record. "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and "Up On The Housetop" find Sammy showcasing his Country music classist bonafides and his jovial nature as "Sammy Klaus."
About the only times the record 'stumbles' is with the two spoken stories of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, one a 'cajun version', and "The Twelve Days Of Christmas," a song that is better suited for children's Christmas pageants and caroling than as a recorded Yuletide track. Still, despite these three tracks, the rest of the 12 track recording is mostly spirited and engaging album from one of the best country music vocalists of my lifetime.