You could say Sam Billen is holiday happy. The Lawrence musician is fond of festivities, and crazy about Christmas. For ten years in a row, he has rounded up musicians to help him release a compilation of holiday music.
This year’s album, Jolly TIme!, just arrived and sports a fairly impressive roster. Billen recorded a couple of tracks, and rounded up artists from across the globe (as far as Finland and Tokyo) for the rest of the album. Andrew Connor, formerly of Ghosty and currently of STRFKR, makes a delightful Beach Boys-esque appearance with “Little St. Nick.” Justin Klaas, another Lawrence expat, channels his delicate harmonies for “She’s Not Comin Home For Christmas.”
The album is an adorable little indie pop smorgasbord. Additionally, in the spirit of Christmas, it’s free to the public. Billen tends to this every Christmas. But, should you choose to donate some money for the download, all donations go towards water.org.
Enjoy the album below, courtesy Sam Billen and Friends.