“…the 11-song platter was worth the wait. With nine classic tracks — ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ among them — along with a pair of originals penned just for the CD, her full, rich voice is warm and lustrous. The instruments are subdued but buoyant, wrapping her vocals like a favorite muffler and mittens. One of the originals, ‘Xmas,’ is a bluesy acknowledgment that not all Christmas memories are warm and fuzzy. The song is like a slow burn, gaining strength and ferocity that evokes not just Dusty Springfield but Nina Simone in its delivery.”

– Associated Press

“’Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas,’ one of Ms. Lynne’s two originals, wouldn’t have sounded out of place on an Elvis Christmas album…"

The New York Times

"This one feels like an instant classic. The incomparable Lynne reinvigorates nine standards…"

Parade Magazine

“Lynne brings her signature blend of honky-tonk, blues, and dusky jazz to her first album of Christmas songs. She knows when to have a good time (‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’) and when to give the classics a twangy makeover (‘Silver Bells,’ ‘Silent Night’). Two of Lynne’s originals (‘Xmas’ and ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’) work nicely alongside the chestnuts.”

The Boston Globe

“Shelby Lynne brings the Muscle Shoals studio sound to the Christmas party.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“[a] showcase for Lynne’s gifts as an interpretive singer and songwriter. It’s enjoyable throughout, and the immediacy and warmth of the recording set it apart from the usual holiday fare.”


“’Merry Christmas!’ has Shelby Lynne’s unique fingerprint on it.”

Country Standard Time

“a warm and heartfelt collection”

Flint Journal

It can be a fine line, putting your own spin on traditional material without losing the charm that made it traditional in the first place. Lynne knows exactly how to walk that line, and her less-is-more studio sensibility helps. Highlights include a meditative take on ‘Christmas Time is Here,’ from Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas album; ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas,’ a boogie propelled by a romping acoustic bass; and the delicate bluegrass instrumental flourishes on ‘Silver Bells.’ ‘Merry Christmas’ is a quiet gem.”

Mobile Press Register

“Lynne does a fine job interpreting Vince Guaraldi’s ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ and the carol ‘O Holy Night,’ but is at her best on ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’ and ‘Xmas,’ the two originals she wrote for this project.”

Detroit Free Press

“Lynne’s lived-in, country/soul voice is distinctive, and this disc’s relaxed, late-night vibe is presented with a welcome lack of studio sheen. Such unvarnished informality makes well-worn standards – both religious (‘O Holy Night,’ ‘Silent Night’) and secular (‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ ‘White Christmas’) – privileged moments…Shelby’s own exemplary Memphis get-down ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’ is superb…”

Iowa City Press Citizen

“one of the best Christmas releases of the season…Merry Christmas is an honest musical gift with an organically raw recording that practically places Lynne next to your holiday fire, strumming her way through the 11 tracks contained on this disc. If you need one reason to buy this, check out the wonderful rendition of Vince Guaraldi’s "Christmas Time Is Here." Somewhere, good ‘ol Charlie Brown is smiling…”


“On Lynne’s first Christmas album, appropriately titled Merry Christmas, the Country/Soul chanteuse tackles a handful of traditional holiday favorites and throws in a couple of seasonal originals to spice the egg nog…Merry Christmas is most engaging when Lynne plays to her strengths, like her take on ‘Christmas Time Is Here,’ the wistful Vince Guaraldi classic from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and her readings of the majestic ‘O Holy Night’ and the elegant ‘Silent Night.’ She gives a similar twilight feel to ‘Silver Bells’ and invests ‘White Christmas’ with the appropriate long-way-from-home longing.”

Cincinnati City Beat

“Shelby Lynne’s been on a roll lately. Her Tears, Lies and Alibis from earlier this year was an impressive first outing on her own label, and now she’s following it up with Merry Christmas, her first holiday record—a spirited, but typically well-thought-out and emotionally layered set. The stacked vocals of the opening ‘Sleighride’/’Winter Wonderland’ mash-up kick things off, and the effect of many Shelbys at once like that seems to emphasize the natural moodiness of her voice, even on standard holiday chestnuts, of which there are plenty here, each rendered with subtlety and rootsy economy. Her inclusion of Vince Guaraldi ‘s searching ‘Christmastime Is Here’ is an inspiration, but the real knockouts are her two originals: ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’ and ‘Xmas’ outline the pleasures and pains that can accompany holiday time…It’s a warm, inviting album, and also one which invites deeper thought about December.”


“the most interesting cuts on Merry Christmas were penned by Lynne. ‘Ain’t Nothin’ LikeChristmas’ sounds like it was inspired by the light jazz of Les Paul and Mary Ford, while ‘Xmas’… is a simmering ’60s-style soul tune”

Campus Circle

“Merry Christmas by Shelby Lynne will make a fine addition to any holiday collection. Its relaxed and ultimately inspired music should warm any hearth and home.”


SHELBY LYNNE “MERRY CHRISTMAS” (EVER180 / 044003106307 / C12)


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