Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. This week we are featuring songs for the holidays. Today’s featured selection is “Dear Mrs. Claus” by The Barr Brothers from a 2011 holiday single on Secret City.
If jolly ol’ St. Nick has his “Santa Baby” and gets tickled under the beard while kissing mommy, what does poor old Mrs. Claus get back home? Not forgotten, that’s for sure, thanks to The Barr Brothers’ seductive new holiday song. The Montreal-based group throws back to 50’s doo wop and 60’s soul to give Mrs. Claus a sultry song of her own, promising sugar plums and candy canes for the favor of “turning on her Christmas light.” After all, if Santa is off getting more than just “milk and cookies tonight,” why should she “be alone on this most silent of nights”?
If you’re a fan of this song’s harp-driven blues, you definitely need to check out more of The Barr Brothers, whose 2011 self-titled album is one of our more recent discoveries (in fact, it’s on my own Top 10 list!). Right around the time that they were recording this song, they in the midst of a tour that brought them through Seattle and into our studios. You can watch videos from that session here or listen to it in our LIve Performances Archive here. And get more at the band’s website and Facebook page.