Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris and his friend Kimberly Kaye have careers in the theater and on the small screen, and they formed their alternative Americana band Loose Cattle in the late 2000s. In 2017, they released Seasonal Affective Disorder, their conflicted Christmas album. In this conversation with host Alex Rawls, they talk about their cover of John Denver's "Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas," Tammy Wynette's "Merry Christmas (We Must Be Having One)" and the appeal of the sad Christmas song.
For more on Cerveris, Kaye, and the story behind Seasonal Affective Disorder, see Alex Rawls' story from 2017 at My Spilt Milk.
Tav Falco of Panther Burns
Jimbo Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers
Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5
The 179 Days of Christmas
Los Straitjackets, and The Band's "Christmas Must Be Tonight"
Chris Butler of The Waitresses
Rodney Crowell and Flow Tribe
PJ Morton, and "All I Want for Christmas is You"
Kristin Chambers and Mars Williams
Delicate Steve, and Outkast's "Player's Ball"
Wizards of Winter, and Faith Hill's "A Baby Changes Everything"
The Sultans of String and The Carpenters' "Merry Christmas Darling"
Robert Earl Keen
Ben Schenck of the Panorama Jazz Band
NBC's Songland Podcast
The Sleeping At Last Podcast
Broken Record with Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam
All Songs Considered
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