Josh Ritter Debuts Jaunty New Christmas Tune on Amazon's Acoustic Christmas Playlist: Exclusive Premiere

Laura Wilson
Josh Ritter

’Tis the season for new holiday music. On Friday, Amazon Music’s Acoustic Christmas playlist will bow 21 new tracks.

Among the nearly 2 dozen new and exclusive tunes added to the existing playlist are Yuletide originals from Noah Cyrus, Jim Lauderdale, Nicki Bluhm, The White Buffalo, Noah Gundersen and Josh Ritter, whose entry “Wintertime (The Snow Is Coming Down)” premieres today on Billboard.

Ritter didn't set out to write a holiday tune, but his creative muse had another idea. "While working on my recent record, Gathering, I was in a phase of writing whatever came to mind,” the singer/songwriter told Billboard in a statement. "I tried not to filter anything. One morning, I woke up with a holiday song in my head. I worked on it a little while and ended up recording it on one of the hottest days of the year.”

The uptempo, twangy tune paints an idyllic portrait of Christmas as people ice skate on the frozen pond, the sound of carolers fills the air, and the snow is coming down. 

Two Amazon holiday playlists -- Indie for the Holidays and All Is Bright -- will also be infused with new holiday cheer on Friday. Additionally, Amazon Originals released Smokey Robinson’s first solo holiday album on Nov. 17.

New tracks on “Acoustic Christmas”:

1.  “Wintertime (The Snow is Coming Down),” Josh Ritter
2.  “Christmas Eve,” The White Buffalo
3. “Last Christmas,” Sera Cahoone
4. “Before this Child,” The Walcotts
5. “Christmas Is Different For Everyone,” Jim Lauderdale
6. “Christmas Again,” Nicki Bluhm
7. “The Christmas Song,” Jule Vera
8. “December Song,” Joy Williams featuring Birdtalker
9. “Merry Christmas Baby,” Mike Farris and Shannon McNally
10. “I'll Be Home for Christmas,” Courtney Marie Andrews
11. “Doesn't Feel Like Christmas,” Logan Brill
12. “Home for the Holidays,” Lucas Hoge
13. “Mama's Cooking,” Lori McKenna
14. “Silent Night,” COBI
15. “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Waterloo Revival
16. “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” Jesse Terry
17. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Noah Cyrus
18. “EVERGREEN,” Noah Gundersen
19. “Go Tell It to The Mountain,” Bailey Bryan
20. “Feliz Navidad (Acoustic),” Susto
21. “Al Filo De Medianoche,” Carla Morrison