It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when we call up some of our favorite artists, producers, and engineers to ask what’s on the top of their holiday wish lists. Per our own little holiday tradition, we ask each person for a “sky’s the limit” suggestion for those two-percenters out there, and a low-cost alternative for the rest of us. There’s a perfect present here for every special person on your studio shopping list. Maybe pick up a little something for yourself while you’re at it.
This holiday season, The Brian Setzer Orchestra can be found touring the US on their 31-city Christmas Rocks! tour in support of Rockin’ Rudolph, their first studio Christmas album in a decade. So when we caught up with Setzer, he was full swing in the holiday spirit and ready to rock his fantasy wish list.
“Welcome to your dream ‘sky’s the limit’ jam session! A custom-built rehearsal studio has been built for you made of reclaimed wood from an old barn (adds to the vibe of your gift). Guitars and amps of your choice, new and old, are here. Just imagine plugging your new ’53 Telecaster into your Bassman amp. Your band would be your favorite musicians. Let’s start with Jeff Beck backing you up on guitar, Vince Gill strumming a little mandolin, Flea on the bass, and for a good, solid backbeat, Ringo has agreed to sit in on drums! Let the jam session begin!”
Setzer brings things back down to earth for his practical gift suggestion—or as he calls it, “your practical, cost-effective idea daily regimen: Pencil, music notation paper, tape recorder (Sears brand circa 1975)! Imagination!”