Matching pajamas, pillow forts and beer in the front yard: these are the casual Christmas moments that Sara Watkins memorializes in the video for her new song, "The Holidays With You." From Acoustic Christmas, an Amazon Original Playlist, the track finds Watkins ditching her fiddle for some jovial plucks of the ukulele, relishing the moments spent with family and friends and chanting in her ethereal tone about how presence is much better than presents. (Watch the exclusive premiere above.)
"In a world full of stuff and things, often the best gift we can give is time and making memories with our favorite people," Watkins tells Rolling Stone Country about the original track. "Director Emilie Sabath beautifully captured these kinds of relationships on film." Indeed, the video intersperses shots of Watkins with families, couples and friends – of all shapes and sizes – embracing and enjoying the gift of one another.
Watkins joins a score of other artists who offered new and classic tracks for the Acoustic Christmas collection, including Hayes Carll, Trampled By Turtles and Andrew Combs, as well as Billy Bragg and Joe Henry's live take on Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December."
Young in All The Wrong Ways, Watkins' latest solo LP, came out in July, and she will be on the road in support of the album through spring 2017. Acoustic Christmas is available now for streaming on Amazon Music.