When I heard that Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men were releasing an original Christmas song on JEM Records, I knew we were all in for a treat. Any song featuring Nick Piunti is music to my ears! Sure enough, “Christmas Morning” instantly gets added to my list of annual holiday favorites. Having spent several months inactive due to the pandemic, Piunti and the Complicated Men reassembled at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor back in October and laid down this delightful track with their go-to producer Geoff Michael. It’s a bright, melody-driven rocker that brings the holiday cheer in under three minutes. Piunti, as always, delivers a warm vocal and melody in abundance. The Complicated Men (Jeff Hupp on bass, Ron Vensko on drums, and Kevin Darnall on piano and glockenspiel) kind of channel the E Street Band on this cheerful little ditty. I’m generally a fan of Christmas music, but this song in particular really hits the spot for me. It’s got the holiday sentiment this sort of song requires, but not in a super sappy way. It’s a well-crafted pop song first and Christmas song second, which is exactly the way it ought to be. If you’ve yet to purchase the band’s recent album Downtime, you are missing out on one of the year’s best long players. And if you’re already a huge Nick Piunti fan, “Christmas Morning” will not disappoint!