M.C. Records continues its 30th Anniversary celebration and is proud to announce the release of Christmas Blues Medley by the late, great Big Jack Johnson. Recorded live in 1999, Big Jack gives a raw and bluesy instrumental take on “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming To Town.” It is available on all digital services to buy and stream as of November 26. Click here to listen or buy.
M.C. Records’ President, Mark Carpentieri reflects on Big Jack, Well, Big Jack could be very serious in his writing like “We Got To Stop This Killin’” and “Crack Headed Women.” He also had a wonderful, playful nature and that is reflected in this song. You can also hear he was a bad-ass guitarist.”
Big Jack Johnson (1940-2011) lived in Clarksdale Mississippi for most of his adult life. He recorded four albums for M.C. Records from 1996-2002, mostly with his Pennsylvania band The Oilers, and he received many W.C. Handy nominations for his output. His release, “The Memphis Barbecue Sessions” with Kim Wilson won a W. C. Handy Award in 2003, and he earned several Living Blues Awards. Big Jack Johnson appeared in the 1992 film “Deep Blues” and the locally produced 1991 video “Juke Joint Saturday Night.” Big Jack Johnson is also part of the Mississippi Blues Trail. To view, the marker and a complete biography click here.