Foghat Release Christmas Song

11/05/2013
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Foghat are getting in the Christmas spirit today, Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, with the digital release of their new instrumental version of "Winter Wonderland."

Chipster sent over these details and a link to stream the song: Only the second instrumental ever recorded by Foghat (2010's "495 Boogie" being the first), the band - comprised of drummer Roger Earl, bassist Craig MacGregor, lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett, and singer/guitarist Charlie Huhn - had a lot of fun recording the track down at their home/studio, "Boogie Motel South," in Florida, where they simply picked up their instruments, and started jammin'. The tune started to rock and some surprising extras were added to lend to the holiday spirit.

Foghat's presence has remained steady on rock radio for decades, due to such all-time rock anthems as "Slow Ride" and "Fool for the City." And the band continues not only to tour, but to churn out more-than-worthy new tracks to add to their vast catalog of gems, such as this rockin' take on the holiday classic.

As Earl explains, "I wasn't so sure about doing a stinkin' Christmas song. Bah Humbug! But once the band got together it turned out to be a lot of fun. Towards the end, we had a few glasses of wine and everything was fine. Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas everybody!"

Bassett, who does some amazing slide playing on this track, also pointed out that he pays tribute to a legendary guitarist on the tune - "We decided to do a fun interpretation of a holiday classic and for my part I wanted to give a nod to one of my favorite guitarists, Lowell George of Little Feat."

In addition to the new instrumental version of "Winter Wonderland" (written by Felix Bernard & Richard B Smith), Foghat has gotten into the holiday spirit several times before, with such earlier tunes as "Run, Run Rudolph" (1978), "All I Want for Christmas is You" (1981), and "Going Home for Christmas" (a 1986 MTV Video) .

"We're still not sure where the inspiration for this came from. It probably involved wine!" adds MacGregor.

"Hope you all enjoy it, but don't play it loud next to your tree...everything falls off! Happy Holidays!!!"

Listen to the song here.

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