Holidays Rule Volume 2 is a joyful and diverse collection of seasonal music featuring an array of convivial contributions from across the musical spectrum. The release serves as a sequel to the popular 2012 collection and features sixteen new recordings by beloved artists including Norah Jones, Grace Potter, Rosanne Cash, The Decemberists, and Lake Street Dive, alongside up and coming artists such as Barns Courtney, Albin Lee Meldau, Calum Scott, Kandace Springs, and Vera Blue. The album delves into an unusually rich assemblage of pop, R&B, rock, Americana, jazz, mariachi and more.
Holidays Rule Volume 2 lets today's artists put their own mark on tradition by offering wonderfully fresh takes on holiday chestnuts old and new (Barns Courtney and Lennon Stella remake "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; Judah & The Lion reinvents "The Christmas Song"; Albin Lee Meldau delivers a soulful version of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You"), and reframe songs for the holiday season (The Decemberists cover Big Star's "Jesus Christ"; Norah Jones covers Horace Silver's "Peace"; MUNA covers McCartney's "Pipes of Peace").
They also unearth rarities (Kandace Springs delivers a glistening new version of "(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag"; Rosanne Cash dusts off Louis Jordan's "May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas"; Lake Street Diveoffers up the cheeky novelty song "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas"), and contribute new songs to the seasonal repertoire (Grace Potter's original song "Christmas Moon").