Memphis, Tennessee-based Memphis Ukulele Band has officially released its new holiday offering.
Holidays Ain’t The Same was released Friday via Memphis International. Prior to the 7-song EP’s release, the group released the EP’s lead single, ‘Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas‘ on Nov. 6. The song was originally recorded by Carla Thomas in 1963, and while the group’s take on Thomas’ timeless holiday classic maintains that opus’ identity, it puts its own new sound that expertly balances both versions past and present.
Band co-founder Jon Hornyak said of that tie to the song’s source material in an interview, that the connection was intentional, adding that the band wanted to make sure its version still honored Thomas’ original work.
“We are referencing the original recording in a very minimalistic but soulful and respectful way,” Hornyak said.
Also featured on the band’s new EP are takes of the classic ‘Blue Christmas,’ ‘Merry Christmas, Baby,’ ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ and a cover of the non-standard Paul Williams song, ‘When The River Meets The Sea.’ The originals featured in the EP are ‘Merry Christmas, Broken Hearts,’ written by Halley Phillips and Jerry Phillips, and ‘Holidays Ain’t The Same (Without You),’ written by band member Mark Edgar Stuart.
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