Kevin Morby has shared a cover of Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson's "Blue Christmas" just in time for the holiday festivities. Check out the song above, courtesy of Amazon Music's SoundCloud page.
Morby and fellow indie strummer King Tuff offer a quirky take on the tune, utilizing shimmering effects and unflashy percussion. The song, which is slated to be part of Amazon's Indie For The Holidays playlist, follows Morby's recently released double-version single "Baltimore."
In a comment to NOISEY, Morby detailed the motivation behind his song choice:
Kyle and I have spent Christmas together for the past two years, so I thought it appropriate to record a Chris Kringle jam with him in his home studio. On Christmas Day Kyle [Thomas, King Tuff] usually dresses like an elf and skips around and screams "Christmas!" Every five minutes or so. Christmas in LA is a funny thing, it's usually about 65 degrees and sunny out so it always feels a little psychedelic that's it's actually Christmas day, after growing up in the Midwest where it usually snows, or at the very least is very cold. But there's something special about celebrating the Holidays in the sun. Anyways Kyle and I chose "Blue Christmas" because I wanted to pretend I was Elvis for an afternoon, and we had a great time making it. Truth be told, the whole thing was a Christmas Miracle.
For more, check out Kevin Morby's Zumic artist page.