Music: Foghat – Winter Wonderland
Foghat have unveiled (somewhat prematurely, in our view) an instrumental version of the old festive chestnut Winter Wonderland.
Only the second instrumental ever recorded by the boogie veterans (2010’s 495 Boogie being the first), Foghat – comprised of drummer Roger Earl, bassist Craig MacGregor, lead/slide guitarist Bryan Basset, and singer/guitarist Charlie Huhn – recorded the track down at their home/studio, Boogie Motel South, in Florida, where they simply picked up their instruments and started jamming. The tune started to rock and some surprising extras were added to lend to the holiday spirit.
The all-instrumental tune is in digital-only format, and is released today (November 5) via Foghat Records.
As Earl explains: “I wasn’t so sure about doing a stinkin’ Christmas song. But once the band got together it turned out to be a lot of fun. Towards the end, we had a few glasses of wine and everything was fine. Ho-ho-ho, merry Christmas everybody!”
Bassett, who does the signature slide-playing on the track, also pointed out that he pays tribute to a legendary guitarist on the tune: “We decided to do a fun interpretation of a holiday classic and for my part I wanted to give a nod to one of my favorite guitarists, Lowell George of Little Feat.”
In addition to the new instrumental version of Winter Wonderland (written by Felix Bernard and Richard B Smith), Foghat have embraced the holiday spirit several times before, with such earlier tunes as Run, Run Rudolph (1978), All I Want for Christmas Is You (1981) and Going Home For Christmas (a 1986 MTV video).