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The Bird And The Bee Gives Holiday Classics A Fresh Perspective

The Bird And The Bee Gives Holiday Classics A Fresh Perspective

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Set List

  • "Sleigh Ride/The Christmas Song Medley"
  • "You And I At Christmas Time"
  • "Hallelujah Chorus"
  • "Little Drummer Boy"

The last time The Bird and the Bee joined us, we were talking about their tribute album to Van Halen. Now, Greg Kurstin and Inara George have set their sights on different source material: holiday songs. Once again, it absolutely works. Their new album, Put Up the Lights, was recorded during the pandemic. It features a mix of originals and classics that became my favorite holiday record of the year. It makes sense: The Bird and the Bee's bright electro-pop sound works perfectly for reimagined songs like "Sleigh Ride" and "Hallelujah Chorus."

As a producer, Kurstin has worked with Maren Morris, Elton John and Foo Fighters — which might have something to do with how Dave Grohl ended up playing on The Bird and the Bee's version of "Little Drummer Boy." We'll hear that story and I'll get Greg Kurstin's thoughts on "Underneath the Tree," the modern holiday classic he co-wrote with Kelly Clarkson.

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