Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys offer up the gift of lighthearted holiday cheer in the new video for “Don’t Go Pullin’ on Santa Claus’ Beard,” premiering exclusively on Sounds Like Nashville today.
Full of merry-making fun and highlighting the Boys’ celebrated country harmonies — especially bass singing Richard Sterban on the song’s cheerful hook — the clip was filmed at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A as they recorded the track with all-star producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell). A jaunty tune in the tradition of songs like “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” the whimsical track was written by Anderson East and Aaron Raitiere and appears on the Boys’ eighth Christmas album, Down Home Christmas. The band’s Joe Bonsall says making it was like a throwback to a different time.
“We told songwriter Aaron Raitiere that we needed a fun Santa song, and almost immediately he and Anderson East wrote ‘Don’t Go Pulling On Santa Claus Beard,’” Bonsall explains. “Aaron wrote or co-wrote six songs on Down Home Christmas and it was like old Nashville again. Writers would bring us a song and we would record it while they wrote another one. It was all magic and our producer Dave Cobb led us all the way! Quality songwriters writing great songs. It was all really fun! This song is now one of the highlights in our Christmas tour.”
Down Home Christmas is out now, and the Oak Ridge Boys’ 2019 Down Home Christmas Tour is currently underway more than a dozen dates left before Santa comes down the chimney.
Down Home Christmas Track Listing:
- The Family Piano (Aaron Raitiere)
- Angels (Aaron Raitiere)
- Bring Daddy Home For Christmas (Channing Wilson, Aaron Raitiere)
- Reindeer On The Roof (Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
- Silent Night (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr)
- Hallelujah Emmanuel (Robert Jason, Paul Bradley Jr.)
- Down Home Christmas (Mando Saenz, Aaron Raitiere)
- South Alabama Christmas (Jamey Johnson)
- Don’t Go Pullin’ On Santa Claus’ Beard (Anderson East, Aaron Raitiere)
- Amazing Grace (John Newton)