posted November 13th, 2012

In anticipation of their forthcoming holiday single, "Christmas Eve Can Kill You," old friends and collaborators Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy wrap it up and present you with the tune as a viewable gift! From the Seeger Sisters to Mariah Carey, Elvis to Sinatra, from Johnny Cash to Merle Haggard; there is a remarkably strong tradition of fa-la-la-ing in popular music--to say nothing of the rich tradition of the holiday music video. Yet, there's no snow, no presents, no sacrificial goose or other consumable indulgences in this holiday video; rather, it's chock full of the tenets of what a pre-capitalist Christmas looks like, elements at the core of why people celebrate holidays to begin with-- friendship, collaboration, warmth, rejuvenation, and joy.

"Christmas Eve Can Kill You" is a foreshadowing glimpse towards Dawn n' Bon’s forthcoming full-length of songs they learned from Everly Brothers records; a project inspired by the songstress’ young daughters' love of the rhythm and blues duo. Given the depth and dynamism of Bonny and Dawn’s natural harmonic ability, this video is sure to awaken the inner holiday spirit (and beasts!) like no other one this season.

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy "Christmas Eve Can Kill You" from Drag City on Vimeo.

"Christmas Eve Can Kill You" is a collective effort by: Dawn McCarthy, Bonny Billy, Emmett Kelly, Dave Roe, Kenny Malone, Billy Contreras, David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney; you can preorder it from we good people, here!

Artists in this story: Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Faun Fables, Dawn McCarthy & Bonny Billy