“Bells will be ringing this sad sad news, Oh what a Christmas to have the Blues” Charles Brown

Tis the season to have yourself a Blues Rock Christmas!

Are you Dreaming of a Blues Rock Christmas? If you look forward to the holidays but are sick of the same old songs on repeat, then turn down Bing Crosby and shake up your Christmas playlist. We have the cure for your lonely winter blues with these beloved classics and original rockin’ holiday songs. 



Joe Bonamassa – O, Holy Night

Joe makes his guitar sing on this beautiful instrumental of “O Holy Night”. The classic Christmas carol dates back to the early 1800s, adapted from the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) and was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847. Joe puts his signature style on this festive favorite and turns it into a blues rock masterpiece.

“Got the band together to play a little Christmas instrumental blues for you. This has always been one of my favorite holiday carols. Best played on a Strat with a whammy, of course. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season!” – Joe Bonamassa


Keith Richards – Run Run Rudolph

Keith Richard’s cover of “Run Run Rudolph” was released as a Christmas single in 1978 on Rolling Stones Records. The holiday classic, written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Bowie, was first popularized by Richard’s guitar hero Chuck Berry. The song is Keith Richards very first solo release and it is not surprising that the guitar legend known to fans as ‘The Human Riff’ would cover one of Berry’s songs. The Rolling Stones have covered a number of Chuck Berry’s music, such as “Carol and “Little Queenie”. “When the Stones were playing clubs, it was basically Chuck and the blues – which, to me, is not that different!” said Richards in Rolling Stone magazine.


B.B. King – Christmas Celebration

Written by Lloyd Glenn and Jesse “Babyface” Thomas, B.B. King had first recorded “Christmas Celebration” in 1960. By 2001, King had included the song on his 13 track holiday album A Christmas Celebration of Hope. The record scored the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top Blues Album Chart and in 2003 earned King two Grammy awards. The album includes a bluesy rendition of “Merry Christmas, Baby” and King’s one all-original track on the record, an instrumental played on the famed guitar Lucille, called “Christmas Love”. What is more thrilling than a Christmas blues song from the string bending blues king himself?


Joe Bonamassa – Christmas Boogie (one little kiss)

The best cure for your lonesome Christmas blues is to turn up some Boogie! This dynamic and fun blues rock number is Joe Bonamassa’s original song, an up-tempo boogie rhythmic holiday tune wrapped up in some fire electric slide guitar, reminiscent of the Texas blues style of SRV and ZZ Top. This happy Christmas song is guaranteed to have you tapping your feet while you’re decking the halls!


More songs you have to add to your blues rock holiday playlist!

  • Canned Heat – “Christmas Blues”
  • Albert King – “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin”
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins – “Santa”
  • Eric Clapton – “White Christmas”
  • Koko Taylor – “Merry Merry Christmas”
  • Leon Russell – “Slippin’ into Christmas”
  • Sonny Boy Willamson – “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues”
  • Jethro Tull – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
  • Little Milton – “Lonesome Christmas”
  • Otis Redding – “White Christmas”
  • Johnny Lang – “Santa Claus is Back in Town”
  • Johnny Winter – “Please Come Home for Christmas”
  • Bonnie Raitt & Charles Brown – “Merry Christmas, Baby”
  • B.B. King – “Back Door Santa”
  • Ray Charles – “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
  • Lowell Fulson – “I Want to Spend Christmas With You”


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