Kacey Musgraves delivered a Chipmunk-free holiday treat on NBCs Late Night With Seth Meyers Wednesday night with “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” a playful track from the recently released A Very Kacey Christmas. The classic tune, written and first recorded by David Seville (also known as musician Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.) in 1958, gained popularity as “The Chipmunk Song” featuring the high-pitched voices of three woodland creatures known as Alvin, Simon and Theodore. While Musgraves’ version skips the sped-up voices and Chipmunk banter, it retains the sweet, anticipatory nature of the Christmas season.
With its global representation of the holiday theme – hence the Pacific island vibe of “Mele Kalikimaka” and the Latin-flavored “Feliz Navidad” – A Very Kacey Christmas is representative of Musgraves’ eclectic approach to music.
“It’s very me,” the singer tells Rolling Stone Country. “There are Spanish moments, Hawaiian moments, very Bing Crosby moments, but at the end of the day, you think, ‘That was very her.'” The LP also features Willie Nelson on “A Willie Nice Christmas,” an original tune Musgraves penned with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne
Musgraves’ A Very Kacey Christmas Tour continues with shows this weekend in New York, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The “Follow Your Arrow” singer plays Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House on New Year’s Eve with John Prine and Jason Isbell.