CELEBRATES A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS
ON A FESTIVE 61ST LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE
SET FOR DEC. 13 PALLADIA PREMIERE
and Best New Artist Grammy winner join on six-song set, including original holiday numbers from their respective Christmas albums, as they stuff a roast goose
It's that time of the year, as Daryl Hall conquers his head cold to celebrate the season in a series of Christmas duets with Grammy winner Shelby Lynne on the 61st and latest edition of Live from Daryl's House, the critically acclaimed, award-winning web-to-cable series. For this special holiday episode, Daryl and Shelby join in a "delta blues-meets-Philly soul" throwdown, featuring a half-dozen performances-four songs from their respective Christmas albums, Daryl Hall and John Oates' 2006 release Home for Christmas and the singer-songwriter's 2010 set Merry Christmas, as well as a pair of Lynne originals. The show, now available via over-the-air syndication, will premiere on Viacom's high-definition music channel Palladia Dec. 13, then will be available on www.lfdh.com on Dec. 15.
"She's a really interesting singer and songwriter," comments Daryl, who says he's wanted to have Lynne on the show for awhile. "And even though she came up in Nashville, I think she's a great soul singer. She means every word that comes out of her mouth."
"I loved hanging out with Daryl and the guys in the band," enthuses Shelby. "Daryl is as amazing a person as he is a singer. I was honored to go to his place and make music. Daryl's Place will stay around a long time because it's all about the integrity of the artist and the music."
Lynne first broke through at the age of 18, when her demos landed her an appearance on TNN's Nashville Now series. Her 1999 breakthrough, I Am Shelby Lynne, led to a Grammy for Best New Artist. She followed with critically acclaimed albums Love, Shelby (2001),Identity Crisis (2003) and Suit Yourself (2005). She made her acting debut playing Johnny Cash's mother in the Oscar-winning Fox Searchlight movie, Walk the Line. Just a Little Lovin', her tribute to Dusty Springfield, came out in 2008. In 2010, she founded her own label, EVERSO Records, a move that has given her the freedom to release music on her own timetable. Her EVERSO debut, Tears, Lies, And Alibis, dropped in 2010 and was followed by Merry Christmas (2010) and Revelation Road (2011). In November, she released a deluxe edition of the latter, which also includes her first-ever live album, recorded this past May at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, along with a Live in London DVD and a documentary on the making of the album.
The two perform a pair of songs each from their Christmas albums, including the Shelby Lynne originals "Ain't Nothin' Like Christmas" and a bluesy "Xmas," the latter Daryl terming "one of the darkest Christmas songs ever written," with lyrics like "Holiday cocktails make me forget/The gifts that Daddy never opened." The set also includes the original title track to Hall and Oates' Home for Christmas, as well as a spirited cover of that album's Robbie Robertson-penned "Christmas Must Be Tonight." They also tackle Lynne's "Leavin'," a song from her I Am Shelby Lynne album, and "Bend," from Love, Shelby, the latter given a rousing Philly International soul treatment that proves Hall's assessment of the self-described southern girl's ability to sing R&B.
To top off the performances, Daryl and Shelby join chefs Eric Gabrynowicz and Stephen Mancini, from local Armonk, NY-based Restaurant North, to cook up a roast goose dinner, including braised red cabbage, squash soup, pears and a watermelon grown in Hall's garden, with Shelby doing the honors stuffing the bird. The conversation was also lively, with Daryl admitting the trappings of the holiday season like "elves and homeless Santas," freak him out, while a discussion of musical authenticity draws this priceless Shelby Lynne observation; "There's no air-conditioning for the blues."
The past six years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl's House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual ceremony at N.Y.'s Cipriani Wall Street before garnering an O Music Award from MTV two years ago.
Along with airing every Thursday night at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on Viacom's high-definition music channel Palladia, Live from Daryl's House is syndicated nationally by Good Cop Bad Cop Productions. Executive producers for the show include Hall along with his manager Jonathan Wolfson.
The 60 previous episodes of Live From Daryl's House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Jason Mraz, The Voice's Cee Lo Green, Joe Walsh, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rob Thomas, Train, Smokey Robinson, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Keb Mo, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as Nick Waterhouse, Rumer, Chiddy Bang, Allen Stone, Nikki Jean, The Dirty Heads, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Hutchinson, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T's, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums, hot new alternative band Neon Trees and veteran alternative mainstays Guster