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Dan Johnson and the Salt Cedar Rebels / Press

““It’s kind of fun when you can step back and pick the best musicians you know,” said singer and guitarist Johnson. Especially when it’s for one of your own tunes — in this case, Johnson’s self-penned “The Santa Boogie.” “I got a little bit tired of the same songs over and over again,” Johnson said. “I wanted something a little more my style for me and my kids to enjoy.” Actually, this is more of a “Boogie 2.0.” “I wrote an original version of this somewhere around 1999, then completely forgot about it,” Johnson said. “I just put it back together about a week ago.” As it turned out, the final result fit most of Squyres’ and Freyer’s requirements for a good Christmas song. “It’s got to have a hook,” said Squyres, the bassist. “Santa Claus has gotta be in there,” added Freyer, the guitarist. “Bells are good, too,” Squyres continued, “so we have two out of three.””