It was way back in 1998 when the Squirrel Nut Zippers released their first and only Holiday album titled Christmas Caravan which went on to sell a quarter of a million copies and reached #12 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart.
Twenty years later, the band has now recorded two brand new tracks: “Mardi Gras For Christmas” along with the b-side “Alone At Christmas.” Both songs will be available for streaming and download beginning tomorrow morning November 2nd. Fans can hear “Mardi Gras For Christmas” and see the new video today here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7np2vobGNG0
“I’ve been wanting to write that song for a while, Zippers member Dr. Sick commented. “It seems to me that today, holidays seemingly run into each other, and even overlap. You’ll see Thanksgiving decor and Christmas schwag in department stores as early as August, so why not Mardi Gras decorations? Besides, if you haven’t experienced Fat Tuesday down in New Orleans, truth be told, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
For the second year in a row the Squirrel Nut Zippers are embarking on The Holiday Caravan Tourwill hit ten cities on the west coast this November & December for eleven shows.
The tour starts in Seattle, WA on November 27th and will make stops in Portland, Napa, Sacramento, Carmel, San Juan, Solana Beach, Los Angeles, Tucson and Las Vegas. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
“Zipsters! Round up the kids, grandparents, friends, enemies, acquaintances and maybe even your family; this year we’ll be spreading our holiday cheer on the west coast!” band leader Jimbo Mathus remarked. “We’ll be playing selections from our old Christmas Caravan album, holiday hits and of course the finest new and old Squirrel Nut Zippers music for you all.”
This past March the Squirrel Nut Zippers released their first new studio album in eighteen years titled Beasts Of Burgundy. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart upon it’s release
Since reactivating in mid-2016 the Squirrel Nut Zippers have been performing to packed houses across the country and around the world. As Jimbo Mathus has said since the band’s re-launch, ‘it’s not a reunion, it’s a revival.’
For the most up to date information on the bands visit:
SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS – CHRISTMAS CARAVAN TOUR
November 27 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe
November 28 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
November 30 Napa, CA Blue Note Napa
December 1 Napa, CA Blue Note Napa
December 2 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
December 4 Carmel, CA Folktale Winery & Vineyards
December 5 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
December 6 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
December 7 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom
December 8 Tucson, AZ Crescent Ballroom
December 9 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl