Christmas With The Hepcats - The Hepcats
Have yourself a merry HEPCATS Christmas!
Twenty-two of your favorite Christmas hymns and seasonal tunes, played with reverent, heartfelt joy by America’s favorite feline fretmeisters (those magnificent musical mousers) — the Hepcats!
These tabbys play delightful music of every genre on their acoustics (or is it Paul Johnson in his multi-trackin’ mode? For the record, Paul is billed here as the “producer” and the cats are his protegés.)
Here they show that they’ve picked up on Paul’s knack for clearly articulated melodies and inventive arrangements. As a result, Christmas with the Hepcats has proven to have universal appeal — it has won more accolades from a wider variety of folks than just about any CD in our catalog... may your holidays be similarly brightened by the Hepcats’ warm and engaging package of Christmas cheer!

NOTE: The musical content of this album is identical to an earlier release of the same material entitled "Christmas Guitars" by Paul Johnson.


DAN FORTE—Assoc. editor, GUITAR PLAYER magazine
Fresh, lively interpretations of these timeless themes and melodies, played with plenty of style and Christmas spirit. The Hepcats are surely the most accomplished acoustic guitarists of the feline world.

JIM WASHBURN, L.A. TIMES magazine *pick of the week*
The playing here sparkles with invention, and the arrangements nearly always reveal a beguiling architecture. (The) guitars support each other in such a solid manner that when they shift mood in mid-song, it’s like entering a different room... (these) renditions never trounce on the character of the originals, but they are often creative enough to tickle you into hearing the songs afresh. Among the gems are a stately, lovely take on ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?,’ a bluesy ‘Little Town of Bethlehem’ and a delicate, high-lofting version of ‘Carol of the Bells’ ...a delightful album.

Carol Swanson,
Glorious guitar! I have listened to many, many instrumental guitar CDs for the holiday season over the years, this may be the best one yet… The song selection is most impressive… There's something for everybody, and the quality resounds throughout! … I have heard these carols a thousand times, but they sound fresh and so inviting here—I could listen to this album all day. The tone moves from thoughtful to jubilant, but is never raucous; the musical stylings reflect a terrific range that hangs together perfectly…

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
O Come, All Ye Faithful
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Silent Night
White Christmas
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Do You Hear What I Hear?
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Annunciation Medley
Jingle Bells
Nativity Medley
Deck the Halls
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
Jingle Bell Rock
Sleigh Ride
Carol of the Bells
O Holy Night
O Come, All Ye Faithful (reprise)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (reprise)