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Songstress Ash Taylor Puts Her Own Spin On The Buck Owens Classic “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy”

The California native is paying tribute to one of her musical idols.

Get ready to put your holiday dancing shoes on! Bakersfield native Ash Taylor is ready to put you in the Christmas spirit. Full of lively guitar, Ash puts her own spin on the Buck Owens classic Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy. The Christmas classic was co-written and recorded Owens. After its recording in 1965, the song has been covered by several country music artists, including Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, and Brad Paisley.

"I call Nashville home now, but I am originally from Bakersfield, California. So I grew up, listening to Bakersfield Sound artists like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Dwight Yoakam. I grew up, absolutely loving this song and singing it every Christmas with my family. Every time I hear it it just brings back a lot of great memories. So when it came time for me to do a Christmas track, I immediately knew we had to do “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy," Ash told All Country News!

"We recorded the track here in Nashville. My husband/ band leader Christopher DeLisle and I actually played all of the guitar parts that you hear on the track. In fact, When it comes time for the guitar solo, we even take turns swapping lead guitar licks back-and-forth with each other. So I play, and then Chris plays and so on and so on. This track was so much fun to record. I produced it along with Pat Lassiter. Pat is an incredible bass player and Producer. He’s worked with people like The Charlie Daniels Band, Tracy, Lawrence, Lori Morgan, and so much more! We also had the honor of working with the incredible Harry Lange on drums."

Ash's vocals are full of personality and truly help bring the song to life. The magic lies in Taylor's upbeat tone which lends a sense of cheekiness and nostalgia to the song. In each note Ash's soars, making it the perfect song for this time of year! Taylor has breathed new life into a beloved classic, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of listeners during the holiday season.


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