Ana Gasteyer is sweetening up the Holidays with the release of her new holiday album, Sugar & Booze on October 25. The collection of festive seasonal songs, classic and original, offer a swinging nod to the vintage holidays of yore with a modern touch and plenty of style.
Sugar & Booze is available now for pre-order and pre-save on your favorite music service. The 15-track album was produced by New York’s Downtown nightclub supernova Julian Fleisher and features original songs written by Gasteyer, such as the modern nostalgic title track “Sugar & Booze,” in addition to classics like “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let it Snow.” The first song to be released from Sugar & Booze is the cheeky, woke original song with a retro-Cuban beat, “Secret Santa” featuring Maya Rudolph. Listen to the song HERE.
Recorded in New York’s iconic Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, NY, Sugar & Booze features a rollicking percussive band, a blazing horn section and is an intoxicating, merry blend of jazz, pop, soul, funk, blues and comedy that will send Holiday spirits soaring. Brimming with creative arrangements on standards such as “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and a retro Mambo “Sleigh Ride,” Gasteyer’s soulful, clear vocals breathe a fresh new, and often bemused take on these beloved classics and evokes Holiday nostalgia on its original songs, such as “Nothing Rhymes with Christmas” and “Blue Black Friday.”
“We set out to make a new Holiday album with a throwback feel,” says Gasteyer. “This album is a nod to the swing sound of the 50’s and 60’s but with a modern twist. It is festive, with a full-bodied sound, that I hope makes people feel joyful, jolly and gay.”
Gasteyer continues, “I love records from the late 50’s and early 60’s that never scrimped on sound. That’s hard to do in this day and age, but we sought arrangements that utilized a proper band, including horn and percussion and created as full and lush a sound. The holidays are also the one time of year we can let it rip, so we wanted to make a record that was festive, fun and celebratory. A holiday record should land on a turntable and create a warm, uplifting ambiance, leaving you free to tend bar, wrap presents and live in the magical moment.”
In support of Sugar & Booze, Ana will play select performances including New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, with more dates and cities to be announced soon. Tickets are currently on-sale. The current Sugar & Booze dates and cities are as follows:
November 30 at Joe’s Pub / New York, NY
December 13 at SPACE / Evanston, IL
December 17 at World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA
December 18 at The Ridgefield Playhouse / Ridgefield, CT