John Driskell Hopkins and The Joe Gransden Big Band
“You Better Watch Out”
John Driskell Hopkins (founding member of the Zac Brown Band) has released his second holiday album, entitled You Better Watch Out, with The Joe Gransden Big Band. This follows the success of In the Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays, released in 2015 with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra (and on vinyl in 2016).
Recorded and mixed at Hopkins’ new studio — Brighter Shade Studios — You Better Watch Out will feature appearances by musicians including Béla Fleck (“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”), Joe Gransden (“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”), Aoife O’Donovan (“Santa Baby”), Daniel De Los Reyes (“Donde Esta Santa Claus?”) and Clay Cook (“Here Comes Santa Claus”).
The Joe Gransden Big Band recorded at Brighter Shade Studios on June 5 & 12, 2017
Produced by: John Driskell Hopkins
Arranged by: Wes Funderburk & John Driskell Hopkins
Big Band Orchestration by: Wes Funderburk
Engineered by: Thom “TK” Kidd & John Driskell Hopkins
Edited by: John Driskell Hopkins
Mixed by: John Driskell Hopkins
Additional Mixing: Matt Mangano & Thom “TK” Kidd
ProTools Engineer: Randy Warnken
Assistant Engineer: Johnathon Conner
Technical Logistics: Josh Houghkirk
Additional recording: Sarah Elizabeth Gulley Hopkins Booker on December 18, 1977
Aoife O’Donovan – Vocals – Santa Baby
Aoife O’Donovan appears courtesy of Yep Rock Records & was recorded by Andrew Taub at Brooklyn Bridge Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Bela Fleck – Banjo – Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
Bela Fleck recorded by John Driskell Hopkins & Brandon Bell at Southern Ground Studios, Nashville, TN
Daniel De Los Reyes – Percussion & Vocals – Donde Esta Santa Claus?
Clay Cook – Guitar – Here Comes Santa Claus
Joe Gransden – Vocals & Trumpet – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus