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Eric Paslay, known for his relatable storytelling has delivered a dynamic blend of contemporary country with a touch of traditional roots on his cover of the time-honored seasonal standard, “Run Rudolph Run.”

The high-energy and rock-infused Christmas song brings a spirited and dynamic vibe to the holiday season and was originally recorded by Chuck Berry.

Photo Creds: Andrea Belk

“Run Rudolph Run” is part of a collection of classic holiday song covers promoted by Duke Spirits known for crafting award-winning ultra-premium bourbon, rye, and tequila, is an artisan distiller dedicated to preserving the legacy of American icon John Wayne.

Their commitment is evident in the meticulous crafting of spirits using decades-old recipes and bottles from John Wayne’s archives, encapsulating the enduring ideals that he stood for. Stream and download the music now on all digital music platforms HERE.

“Run Rudolph Run” tells the story of Santa’s reindeer, specifically Rudolph, as they race to deliver presents on Christmas Eve.

The lyrics capture the thrill of the chase and the speed at which Rudolph is urged to run to ensure all the gifts are delivered in time for Christmas morning.

“I had a blast recording this holiday hit with Austin and the Duke Spirits band! Y’all crank this one up while you are “Run Rudolph Run” Christmas shopping!”


“We are excited to continue our journey as a brand into the music industry and celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season with our newly recorded Christmas singles.

With such talented names on these recordings, we look forward to giving our community a great listening experience paired with our award-winning spirits.”

Duke Spirits’ Chris Radomski


“Out of all the reindeers you know you are the mastermind
Run, run Rudolph, Randolph ain’t too far behind
Run, run Rudolph, Santa’s gotta make it to town
Santa, make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph ’cause I’m reelin’ like a merry-go-round
Said Santa to a boy child, “What have you been longin’ for?”
“All I want for Christmas is a rock ‘n’ roll ‘lectric guitar”
And then away went Rudolph whizzin’ like a shootin’ star
Run, run Rudolph, Santa’s has to make it in town
Santa, make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
Run, run Rudolph, reelin’ like a merry-go-round
Run, run Rudolph, Santa’s gotta make it to town…”

“Eric Paslay is a powerhouse, the guy can blow the roof off of a studio.

He has a reverence for country music alongside a natural connection with classic rock and roll.

That’s why I thought ‘Run Rudolph Run’ was the perfect selection for him.

You’re gonna be stomping your foot to this one,”


The Christmas favorite was executive produced by Chris Radomski, the founder of Duke Spirits, with production by Austin Moody.

Mastering was done by Nathan Dantzler at The Hit Lab and Mitch Furr served as tracking and mixing engineer.

Studio musicians on the project included Justin Weaver (Acoustic Guitar), Aaron Currie (Electric Guitar), Viktor Krauss (Upright Bass), Cactus Moser (Drums/percussion), Josh Shilling (Piano/B3 organ), Tim Crouch (fiddle/viola/cello) and Rebecca Lynn Howard (background vocals). 


Eric Paslay knows how to craft a hit song.

Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Love and Theft and the Eli Young Band have all scored No. 1 singles thanks to Paslay’s songwriting prowess, but fans who have seen him on stage will testify there is so much more to the tall, Texas redhead than his excellent songwriting chops.

Paslay is a charismatic performer and a potent vocalist who can connect with an audience.

As his debut album’s lead single “Friday Night” reached the No. 1 spot, Paslay has arrived as an artist in his own right.
Though he appreciates his cuts by other artists, Paslay says he began writing songs because he wanted to sing them for people.

When I write, I’d rather there be a little hope in every song, even in the sad songs.

There is still hope in there. With all the negativity everywhere these days, I’d like the positive to come out. A song can give you a little boost in confidence or make you fall in love deeper or dream higher. I’m not writing and singing this stuff to be cool. These days Eric Paslay has moved from the back of the room to center stage.

With ‘Friday Night,’ that’s started to happen.


Duke Timeless Spirits is inspired by legendary American icon, craftsman and actor John Wayne, or “The Duke”.

His devotion to his craft, friends, family and country brought him respect and admiration across the globe – earning him a congressional gold medal, an airport named after him, a feature on two postage stamps and an induction into the California Hall of Fame in 2007.

The Duke’s passion for bourbon and tequila traces back to his son Ethan’s discovery of his lost memoirs, liquor collection and special blends sealed since 1979.

It was then when his project was reborn – with the knowledge of world class vintners, master distillers, years of research and the journey to find the finest aged bourbon to match the original flavor profiles and balance in the bottles he left behind, Duke Timeless Spirits came to life.

In an effort to echo the times when the craft was so exacting and pure, Duke Timeless Spirits created the ultimate expression and flavor with the Duke Grand Cru Bourbon and Rye Reserves at a historic distillery just as unique as the Duke himself – O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, KY.

Founded in 1885, The O.Z. Tyler Distillery sits on 26 acres on the banks of the Ohio River and holds the 11th license in Kentucky to operate a distillery.

Its blend of modern technology and old school technique allows for our bourbon and ryes to age in the finest French Oak wine barrels from 1932 – allowing for the perfect execution of the production process under the watchful eye of the Duke Spirits founders, Chris Radomski and Ethan Wayne, and Master Distiller Jacob Call.

The Duke set the standard for craftsmanship, devotion and loyalty.

He was an innovator yet still adhered to traditions – hallmarks we always honor at Duke Spirits.

Now sit back, relax and share a drink with The Duke.


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