Singer-songwriter Casey Shea is spreading the spirit of the holidays with “A Very Merry Christmas.” Plus, we have a guest playlist from Casey ranging from a classic, pop duet to a very special, holiday chestnut “which could only truly be delivered by a true drunk,” says Casey. Find out who he’s referring to and get your free MP3 inside!

But, first a little info on Casey and his new album In Your Head.

Casey Shea has spent a handful of years fronting rock bands (former front man of The Undisputed Heavyweights) before setting out for NYC in 2004 to focus on a solo career.

Recently he released In Your Head, an album that elicits John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Coldplay comparisons yet sounds completely and refreshingly original.

Sound like something you’d be into? Check out the full album in its entirety for free via his Facebook page, plus get a free MP3 of “A Very Merry Christmas” below to share with your loved ones during the holidays.

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And, now for Casey Shea’s playlist including the seasonal track he thinks could only truly be delivered by a true drunk!

A top 5 holiday playlist by Casey Shea

5.  “Fairytale Of New York” (The Pogues)

Forget Christmas songs, this might be the greatest song ever!  The story is sad, funny, touching, and told in the most poetic fashion….on top of that, the melody is amazing.  But really the secret of the magic of this song is the actual performance.   This song could only truly be delivered by a true drunk, and Shane MacGowan is just that.  Steve Lillywhite’s then wife Kirsty MacColl provides the perfect sober counterpoint.

4. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (Dean Martin & Doris Day) 

I could make a strong argument that this is the best duet ever written.  The call and answer overlapping each other paints an incredible picture of a womanizing sweet-talker and an innocent girl who is clearly not going anywhere.  The lyrics are perfect.  This one’s been done by a ton of artists through the years, but this to me is the standard.  Amazingly delivered by both parties.  Once again, it’s the drunken playfulness of the delivery that puts this version over the top for me.  Only a guy like Dean Martin could pull it off this well.

3. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (The Ronettes)

Genius song.  Of course it’s another one that’s been done a bunch through the years, but there’s no denying Ronnie Spector’s voice and Phil Spector’s production.  I just love the innocence in the story…another great picture painted.

2. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”  (Darlene Love)

This is just a fun song that embodies the Christmas vibe.  I could listen to this over and over and never get tired of it.  More classic Phil Spector production topped off with Darlene Love’s amazing voice.

1. “Silver Bells” (Dean Martin) 

Picking five songs is just about impossible, but I’m coming back to Dean Martin for this one.  I think this one holds a special place in my heart because of the whole Christmas time in the city stuff.  New York City during the holiday season is really untouchable.  This song perfectly captures the feeling for me.

TOUR:
08.10 The Firebird, 8pm (St Louis, MO)
08.12 Rock N Roll Hotel, 9pm (Washington, DC)
08.13 Johnny Brenda’s, 9:30pm (Philadelphia, PA)
08.14 The Metro Gallery, 8pm (Baltimore, MD)
08.16 Toquet Hall Teen Center, 8pm (Westport, CT)
08.17 Great Scott, 9:30pm (Boston, MA)
08.18 The Haunt, 9pm (Ithaca, NY)
08.19 Bowery Ballroom, 9pm (New York, NY)
08.23 City Winery, 8pm (New York, NY)

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