Christmas may be a time to bring loved ones together, but it also has a long history of inspiring love-hate songs — especially in country music. Bloodshoot Records has seized on this proud tradition with 13 Days of Xmas, a new holiday compilation that includes Nashville singer-songwriter Zach Schmidt's "I'm Drunk Again This Christmas."
Appropriately enough, Schmidt tells Rolling Stone that he was at a bar when he received the request from Bloodshot to write the song – then promptly forgot about it. "I immediately thought about my distaste for Christmas and how, for a lot of people, it is often a terrible time of year," he says about finally sitting down to compose the song. "So I decided to write about what I thought was a stereotypical American Christmas: a family who doesn't really care for each other but is there anyway because it is Christmas."
Set in Schmidt's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the track – with American Aquarium member Adam Kurtz on pedal steel – features several irritating relatives, some awkward conversations about climate change, and a family prayer asking a win in the football game. After mixing a stomach-turning variety of alcohols, he ends cheekily with the line, "Hope my family never hears this song."
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