We're counting down the Songs of Christmas this week and next. For the Fifth Day of Christmas, we turn to Americana, a subgenre of country music.
Now, country is not my favorite kind of music, and I don't know much about it, but "Merry Christmas from the Family" is one awesome Christmas song—Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen starts out with "Mom got drunk and Dad got drunk" as the clearly blissed-out audience chants along, and eventually he ends the video by ceremonially spittin' a little terbacky. In the meantime we get a cheerfully dysfunctional Murricun white-trash family Christmas and some foot-tapping holiday greatness. I don't know about you, but marketers are missing a trick, because I find this irresitable—makes me want to head straight to the Quickpak store and buy, brother, buy:
We need some ice and an extension cord
A can of bean dip and some Diet Rites
A box of tampons, some Marlboro Lights....
As a bonus, a great live recording. Enjoy.
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Rogerbotting: "A great sample of Americana. Simple, honest, direct. Not the nasty crap, not the sappy stuff, just simple folk having simple fun."