Bridgers' festive single contains a collaboration with a '70s icon
Phoebe Bridgers has released a new Christmas single, which features iconic singer/songwriter Jackson Browne.
‘Christmas Song’ is a cover of singer/songwriter Dan McCarthy’s band McCarthy Trenching. Bridgers said of her choice of festive cover: “We played a show together with McCarthy Trenching in Omaha this last year. They named the band after the trenching company owned by Dan’s uncle, so they could sell those T-shirts instead of having to make their own. The first time I heard this song, it hit me like a ton of bricks. A lot of McCarthy Trenching songs do that. It’s not that often that I hear a Christmas song that doesn’t make me want to quit music.”
Listen to Phoebe Bridgers’ version of ‘Christmas Song’ below.
Bridgers also explained how Browne came to play on the song, saying: “I played a show in L.A. around the holidays last year, where I covered ‘Christmas Song’ for the first time. Jackson Browne was there, and he came up to me after the show to tell me how much he loved the song. A couple of days later, Dan got a Bandcamp notification on his desktop computer that someone paid 50 bucks for his record and wrote a nice note and signed it Jackson Browne. He thought someone was fucking with him.
“So when I decided to record a version of the song, I knew who I wanted to sing on it. Plus, I have wanted to make music with Jackson as long as I’ve wanted to make music.”
Since the release of her debut album ‘Stranger In The Alps’ last year, Bridgers has been named International Breakthrough Of The Year at the independent music ceremony AIM Awards and has released a digital deluxe edition of the album.
Browne is best known for songs such as ‘Take It Easy’ and ‘Running On Empty’, and was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2004.