‘Christmas Tree’ Feels Like Family – Judge Jackson

Written by on December 15, 2011 in December 15, 2011, Music Reviews - Comments Off on ‘Christmas Tree’ Feels Like Family – Judge Jackson

Judge JacksonSo… a biker band, Bad Santa, and the Guns N Roses producer walk into a studio… sounds like the beginning of a joke told over drinks in an LA club, but in reality its the origins of one fresh holiday tune, and you?ll want to hear the punchline.

Every year artists enter the studio to rehash holiday favorites or attempt to capture a bit of the Christmas magic on their own, but LA rockers Judge Jackson create an instant classic with their original tune “Christmas Tree”, featuring Billy Bob Thornton on drums and vocals.

Songwriting duo Todd McTavish (lyrics) and Lee Jackson (music) went into the studio with Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Jim Mitchell (Guns N Roses, Black Crowes) at Thornton?s Beverly Hills home studio, dubbed “The Cave”, which was originally designed and built by Mitchell for former homeowner Slash.

Thornton takes a break from his own band The Boxmasters (Vanguard Records) to lend his talent and voice in creating pitch perfect harmonies and percussive perfection on drums. With McTavish on vocals and Jackson on guitars, the song also includes Boxmasters collaborator JD Andrew on bass and the infamous Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis on keys.

Judge JacksonProduced, engineered and mixed by Mitchell, the ‘angel on top’ is having the song mastered by none other than the critically acclaimed Joe Gastwirt (Tom Petty, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix), whose unmistakably analog approach to the craft gives a warmth and glow that invokes the spirit of the holidays, family and that “big ‘ole Christmas Tree”.

The song is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to customers at the San Bernardino BEST BUY on SUNDAY, DEC 12, 2010 where the band will do an in-store performance at 3pm.

It’s also included in the XO Publicity compilation XO for the Holidays Volume III [www.xopublicity.com/xofortheholidays3.html] and on iTunes after December 12.