JIMMY ALVAREZ | DECEMBER 8, 2017
That all being said, we need to look back at December, 1989. The first of its kind for the station was an event called the KROQ Xmas Bash. As a result of that successful inaugural show, the Almost Acoustic Christmas was born. In those early days, a formula was developed that’s worked. It was simple, give the people what they want! Put on a show that featured bigger-than-life bands, like Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Bowie, U2, and team them up with some up-and-coming bands. Bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Garbage, Green Day, No Doubt, Blink 182 and 311. It was that combination of established acts and new ones that captivated the hearts and souls of their fans. Since then, the list of bands that have played Acoustic Christmas is just mind blowing. In the end, some of those up-and-comers did OK for themselves. Nowadays, the bigger holiday shows are 2-day events, this show is on that level. Like in years past, the 2017 acoustic show features industry heavyweights Muse, the Killers, Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age, Morrissey and several other top-notch bands. Taking the formula into consideration, there is one band that captures the essence of those early days; that band is Judah & the Lion.
The band formed in 2011 and are straight outta Nashville. They were classmates at Belmont University, and despite the odds, they’ve managed to put it all together. Like most bands, the early days were their formative years and their most challenging. Like Imagine Dragons, they started playing Christian music. Their debut EP First Fruits was themed around worship. The album was composed of blended folk and bluegrass music styles. In 2016, their first EP, Sweet Tennessee, charted on Billboard. The following year they put out their debut full-length album Kids These Days. Since then, their song Take It All Back reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. Their latest release is the deluxe edition of Folk Hop 'n Roll which includes their megahit, Suit and Jacket.