We in my jazz band, Chaise Lounge, have been huddled on our bar stools and dreaming about the gigs we wish we could be playing. Luckily, right after our Christmas shows last year, we jumped into the studio and recorded all of our newest holiday songs. We finished most of the work in February, right before everything shut down. All that was left to record were the background vocals from the DMC (the Disinterested Men’s Chorus), which we guys were able to lay down remotely, each in his own quiet house.

Ace engineer Ken Schubert at Cue Recording Studios was able to take all the various tracks, put them together in a martini shaker, and voila! – a really cool new Chaise Lounge Christmas album, our second. Out Under the Sky features a mix of fresh originals like “Trimmin’ the Tree” along with our versions of traditional numbers. Our take on Blind Willie Johnson’s “Soul of a Man” features me on slide guitar and saxophonist Jeff Gray with a searing tenor solo. The CD is being pressed now and will drop on October 12. If you’re in a rush, you can already buy the digital version at our online store.