Celebrate Christmas with the early Delta and Texas Blues men. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org

Musicians are known for releasing Christmas recordings this time of year, so I put a few videos together for you this Christmas season.  But I thought I would find recordings that were done earlier than Clapton, Vaughan, and Setzer.  I collected a series of videos from the early Texas and Delta Blues legends.  Take a look and listen to some great early blues recordings of Christmas songs past.  Enjoy!

The first video comes from Charley Jordan and is called, “Christmas Christmas Blues.”  Check it out…

The next video comes from an early Texas blues favorite, Blind Lemon Jefferson.  This tune is called, “Christmas Eve Blues.”

The last of the early blues recordings in this post is from Blind Blake in 1929.  His recording is called, “Lonesom Christmas Blues.”

Now for this next video, I jumped forward a few years to 1961.  Freddie King recorded a song called, “Christmas Tears.”

And finally, a little modern Christmas blues from Joe Bonamassa

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!


    57 replies to "A Merry Blues Christmas"

    • Brian B, Western Australia

      Merry Christmas To you and your family Griff and thanks so much for lifting my act over the last yea. Been playing for 30 years but have got so much better with your help.
      Cheers, Brian B

    • Spotty

      Merry Xmas to you griff and your family, and heres happy new year.

    • Bill Bellinzoni

      Merry Christmas Griff to you and your loved ones. The best in 2016.

    • Ron Davidson

      A merry Christmas to you and your family.
      Many thanks for all the great lessons.

    • Steven A

      Merry Christmas and wishing for a great new year. Thank you for your email lesson. Always something I can use. And usually more.

    • Dawn Hattley

      May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family, a Christmas full of Love, Life and Laughter and a New Year that’s even better.
      Without doubt, you have given me the gift of knowledge and the motivation to learn from it, throughout this year.
      Thank you Griff. X

    • Frank

      Griff, A merry Christmas to you and your family! May the coming year be better than the last!

    • Pete from philly

      Great music Griff. Thanks for sharing it. And the warmest Holiday Wishs to you n yours. Here we have a little tradition of seeing the Trans-Siberien Orchestra for Christmas. Not Blues per-say however some real good guitar work. I urge everyone to check ’em out at least once. So on with the Holiday! Stay safe everyone.

    • Steve kimberley

      Thanks Griff for all your help over the last few months happy Christmas and new year to you and all the family see ya mate

    • Ron

      We really appreciate your regular mails that provide a constant encouragement to keep going so thank you for that. Hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year.

      All the best form Wales

    • Leon

      Griff thanks I enjoyed all those vids and have a very merry blues Christmas because I no I will lol! Merry Christmas

    • Gene Wollerton

      Merry Christmas to you and your family Griff.
      I am thankful for so many things…my family and friends and my health.
      I want to thank you also for all your hard work that you do to help so many people learn how to play what I think is the most beautiful instrument ever made… God bless and take care….

    • David

      Griff thanks for helping everyone out you and your family a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    • Bob

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours Mr. Hamlin. I may actually be getting better at this guitar thing with your help. Same for all BGSU members.

    • Simon

      Hey Griff……….Keep up the great work!!

      Have a Merry Sfae Xmas to you and your…..Simon from OZ!!

    • terry kinney

      Very nice Mr. Griff. Love it. Many next year you could find a bit of the late great Johnny Winter?


      nice one

    • alan

      Merry Christmas to you and your family.
      Also thanks for all you do for all of us in Blues Guitar.

    • billy minnear

      thank you Griff merry Christmas billy m

    • Kip Child

      Loved Bonamassa’s Lonesome Christmas. Nice driving beat.

    • Dave (in NZ)

      That Joe Bonamassa dude seems to have mastered the blues rather nicely. I could listen to those guys for hours !

    • Larry Pitts

      Merry XMAS!

      FROM: Fredericksburg, va

    • Yves

      Have a very Nice holidays, and be there for all of us on 2016 in great shape

    • Ron

      Thanks Griff for this past year of music, I am truly looking forward to this next year. Love the e-mails almost daily, and am almost disappointed when there isn’t one. Its like Christmas all year long. A very merry Christmas to you and your family. Merry Christmas to all the BGU’ers also!

    • Mark Center

      Have a very Merry Anton Fig infused Christmas!


      Thank you for those Christmas songs. So Griff you have a Merry Christmas to you and the wife and kids. Cheers to you and the family.Thank you for all the lessons this year and I enjoyed them very much.

    • Kathryn

      That was great! I’d better get practicing. :). Been busy getting ready for Christmas. Almost done so I can get back to the strings, merry Christmas griff. Your tips and clips are very helpful.

    • Davy

      It wasn’t a feeble attempt Griff!!!! It was great!! Really enjoyed those. I could hear the old creaky windmill, and see the tumbleweeds blowin by during those older recordings.

      Thanks for that, and everything you have done for us. Keep up the good work.

      I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas and New Year.


    • Gary Hylton

      Thanks Griff for another great year. You do so much for those of us who play guitar and like I have said before, “Where were you back in 1958 when I first started playing? If I could have had your teaching back then no telling where I might have been today”!


      Old School & Still Rockin’

    • Scott

      Merry Xmas & Happy Holidays to you, Laura and the boys! A big thank-you for all that you do for this fledgeling Blues player!

      And a Merry Xmas to all my fellow BGU’ers!


    • Kim

      Merry Christmas & Thank you Griff for bringing the joy back to playing guitar again for me. Now I think I really DO have a lot to learn yet. I bought a used Ibanez for our son-in-law, Jeff. I will let you know his reaction. ! I am like a little kid -can’t wait for Christmas this year !

    • mark herrick

      Merry Christmas!
      And, Thank You.

    • jerry

      Thanks great lessons merry Christmas to you and family

    • Glenn Allan Burns

      Thanks Griff – Great stuff — Nice to play along with

    • Mike

      Have a Merry Christmas Griff!

    • David Varley

      This is the cherry on the top, fantastic! – thank you so much for all the great content since I joined you this year, please know that it’s not lost on me – Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year to you and your family.

    • tony

      Had a borrowed guitar like Freddies 59 SG W A Bigsby sway bar, luv that sound .

    • tony

      kinda of skipped to Joe B that other stuff is too old . A gut string guitar seems outta tune most likely is cause they did not have a tuner back in the day , Any way Happy Holidays to all in BGU land and to the Hamlin family . Most likely to be playin the the blues cause i havent had a real Christmas in many years .

      • Kim

        HI Tony,I felt like you too & then I went back & listened to those other songs -all of them- it gave me a little more appreciation for how far the music industry & sound has come ! We live in a place called Waukesha, Wisconsin about twenty ,miles west of Milwaukee, 60 east of Madison, have you ever heard of a man called Les Paul ? He was born & raised & now came back home to be buried here. He was instrumental (no PUN intended)to dubbing & layered recording techniques. His is a very interesting life,if you ever wish to visit, they have two museums that have his stuff one in Milwaukee & the other out here.We own the ONLY bicycle shop in town going on 22 years old ,so all know where we are and we would be happy to show you around ! Maybe even on a NEW E-assist I-ZIP electric assist bike. Maybe listen to those songs, if you can find the time. YOU, my new friend, try,to have a Merry Christmas, we have a child that had two open heat surgeries ,we know from experience what is really important in life.God made you & loves you & me & we care about you too so ,go PLAY your guitar, it IS o.k.IF IT is THE Christmas Blues-ENJOY ! & Happy New Year too !-Kim

    • Playfair

      Hey Griff,
      Wonderful stuff. I was looking to hear something a little differnt at Christmas. Have a fantastic Christmas and enjoy the break.

    • BobbyP

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Griff to you and your family and all the BGU folks

    • Helmut

      Merry Christmas to you and your Family and all the BGU Members from
      Down Under.

    • Trevor

      Merry xms thanks for all the tips

    • John Slocombe

      Hi Griff, Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas and thanks for all your tuition throughout the year.

    • Andrew

      Happy Christmas Griff,

      It was good to meet you in Yorkshire and to have our own master class! Hope it happens again sometime.

      Andrew and Jane

    • Mark Wales uk

      Cheers Griff
      For the videos I’ve not heard some of these recordings
      And a merry xmas to you and your family and all BGU members

    • jim

      Merry Christmas to you send yours ,and thank you

    • Rob Shaffer

      Merry Christmas Griff to you &I yours thanks for BGU.

    • John England

      Merry Christmas Griff and family.

    • TonyS

      Thanks Griff these are great. Hope you and your family are having an awesome Christmas. All the best for the new year.


    • Lari

      Thanks Griff, these are great–Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • MikeSRC

      Thanks for these classics. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Griff.

    • Alexander Blue

      Thanks for the Christmas treat Tater ! …

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Laura & the boys !!!

    • sloslunas

      Great way to begin the day! Thanks for posting these Griff…merry Xmas to you and your family.

    • Ray_UK

      Wonderful Christmas treat for us all – thanks Griff!

      Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • cowboy

      Thanks Griff….Happy Holidays to you, Laura and the boys…..hopefully I’ll get a chance to see you again next year….later.


    • Chuck

      Griff, I really enjoyed the walk through Christmas Past! Merry Christmas to You, Laura and the boys!

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