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"Christmas Tree" Feels Like Family
So... a biker band, Bad Santa, and the Guns N Roses producer walk into a studio... sounds like the beginning of a joke told over drinks in an LA club, but in reality it’s the origins of one fresh holiday tune, and you’ll want to hear the punchline.

Every year artists enter the studio to rehash holiday favorites or attempt to capture a bit of the Christmas magic on their own, but LA rockers Judge Jackson create an instant classic with their original tune “Christmas Tree”, featuring Billy Bob Thornton on drums and vocals.

Songwriting duo Todd McTavish (lyrics) and Lee Jackson (music) went into the studio with Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Jim Mitchell (Guns N Roses, Black Crowes) at Thornton’s Beverly Hills home studio, dubbed “The Cave”, which was originally designed and built by Mitchell for former homeowner Slash. 

Thornton takes a break from his own band The Boxmasters (Vanguard Records) to lend his talent and voice in creating pitch perfect harmonies and percussive perfection on drums.  With McTavish on vocals and Jackson on guitars, the song also includes Boxmasters collaborator JD Andrew on bass and the infamous Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis on keys.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Mitchell, the ‘angel on top’ is having the song mastered by none other than the critically acclaimed Joe Gastwirt (Tom Petty, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix), whose unmistakably analog  approach to the craft gives a warmth and glow  that invokes the spirit of the holidays, family and that “big ‘ole Christmas Tree”.

The song is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to customers at the San Bernardino BEST BUY on SUNDAY, DEC 12, 2010 where the band will do an in-store performance at 3pm.  

It’s also included in the XO Publicity compilation XO for the Holidays Volume III (http://www.xopublicity.com/xofortheholidays3.html) and on iTunes after December 12.
Celebrate the season
with the
Judge Jackson original:

“Christmas Tree”
featuring Billy Bob Thornton
on drums & background vocals

also including:
bass - JD ANDREW
produced by JIM MITCHELL
mastered by JOE GASTWIRT

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“If you’re a living, breathing, rock & roll diehard with a pulse... no one embodies that drive, determination
and lifestyle better than JUDGE JACKSON, whose balls-to-the-wall
classic take on a noble tradition is the soundtrack to your life.”
- Roy Trakin, Sr. Editor, HITS Magazine


Judge Jackson's critically acclaimed release
“The new album is radio worthy
and will have you playing it over and over again.”

“This is an outstanding rock band that blows away 99% of that crap they play on the radio called modern rock. Great catchy riffs and an awesome singer this totally blew me away as I was digging it from the first note till the last. One of the best rock bands making the rounds these days.”

“Thank you, Judge Jackson, for the breath of fresh air. The songs are catchy as hell (“Radio”), the riffs beefy and sufficiently whiskey-fueled (“HeadOver Heels”), and vocalist Todd McTavish strikes a near-perfect balance between '80s-era bombast and Scott Weiland sleaze.”

“Grooving guitars, a vibrant rhythm section and a frontman that sings likehe’s seen it all make up a truly authentic and tight band with sound that made me hum for the wayward son.”