Are y’all ready to get in the holiday spirit! I would love to share some of my favorite country Christmas albums with you to get your playlist started. Here goes…probably my first favorite Christmas album is from King George. George Strait’s Merry Christmas Strait to You NEVER gets old for me. Dig that out of the archives folks and re-listen, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
My next most played Christmas album is by Lee Ann Womack. A Season for Romance is a great bluesy country Christmas album. My favorite track is the title track although there is a fun duet with Harry Connick Jr that you might want to have a listen to.
You can never go wrong with a Martina McBride Christmas album. This is has some of the classics that she does best.
And last but not least, one of my favorite singers ever, Faith Hill. Her first Christmas single was “Where Are You Christmas” off the Grinch soundtrack. She followed that up with a whole album entitled Joy to the World. Probably the most famous song off this album is “A Baby Changes Everything”. Definitely a must listen.
What are your favorite Christmas albums to listen to each year?
Lots of singles have been released that you need to know about! I touched on a couple of Taylor Swift’s singles that have been released, but let me tell you about a few more. These are off her upcoming Red album: Begin Again, Red, and I Knew You Were Trouble. Out of the three, the one that I can’t seem to get out of my head is Red. Have a listen, you’ll see what I mean. However, what’s intriguing is that Taylor says I Knew You Were Trouble is one of her favorites off the album. So there’s that.
Gary Allen has a new single out called Every Storm (Runs out of Rain). Gary never disappoints, he’s got a great voice and puts out great songs.
Brad Paisley came out with a new single called Southern Comfort Zone. This song has a great message, you should definitely give it a listen.
American Heart is a new single out by Faith Hill. I’ve been waiting a long time for some new stuff by Faith Hill. Word is, her upcoming album has a soul sound and I think she does soul awesomely. I can’t wait!
HUGE release today y’all! Little Big Town’s Tornado comes out, which includes Pontoon-one of my summer favorites. I have been waiting for this album for sure as I have all the Little Big Town albums already.
This album has a different producer this time around and thus has a different sound, though still great harmonies. As with every Little Big Town album you hear everyone in the group lead different songs, which I totally love.
Next to “Pontoon”, my favorite off the album is “Sober”. “Sober” was co-written by Lori McKenna who you may remember was a big part of Faith Hill’s Fireflies album penning four of the songs on the album. Other must listens are “Your Side of the Bed”, “Tornado”, and “Night Owl”.
Another new release I’d like to mention is Taylor Swift’s contribution to Stand Up for Cancer. She performed a song she wrote about a 4 year old little boy named Ronan that lost his battle with cancer. It’s a fantastic, emotional song and all proceeds go towards cancer research.
From now until Christmas I’m going to be hooking you up with some fabulous country Christmas music every Tuesday! Let’s get started with an awesome mix of all the best: iTunes Essentials Country Christmas. You guys this has almost everybody you can think of…75 songs in all ranging from Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, and Little Big Town to Gene Autry, Elvis, and Merle Haggard!
I’ll go ahead and list off my favorite songs that you must listen to: A Baby Changes Everything by Faith Hill, Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton, Please Come Home for Christmas by Willie Nelson. And oh man, Christmas in Dixie by Alabama…that’ll definitely take you back.
So, do you bust out the Christmas music at the holidays? And if so, who are your favorites? I want to know!! I would love to add to MY ongoing list of holiday music. Next week I’ll share with you my all time favorite Christmas album.
There are no new album releases today but I do have a few new singles that have come out recently that you should DEFINITELY be aware of.
First up, Faith Hill’s comeback single, Come Home. Faith performed this song on the CMA Awards a couple of weeks ago. This was the first time she’d been on that show in five years. I’m a big Faith Hill fan and I thought she did fantastic!
Next, Taylor Swift, our current Entertainer of the Year and now Artist of the Year. She released a few singles as well as a concert CD/DVD. I gotta say, there’s not much bad you can say about Taylor Swift. She writes every note and lyric and performs and is a good role model for all the young girls that love her so. Here are some songs you definitely need to check out that she’s released lately: Ours, If This Was A Movie, Superman, Medley: Back to December/Apologize/You’re Not Sorry.
Today’s release might be one that you would have missed had you not come to this here blog today…Tony Bennett has a new album out today called Duets II. On this album he does the following duets with some of our favorite country artists:
Blue Velvet with k.d. lang
On the Sunny Side of the Street with Willie Nelson
The Way You Look Tonight with Faith Hill
It Had to Be You with Carrie Underwood
For me it’s always a treat to hear my favorite singers perform some of the old songs we all know and love. One of my absolute favorites is The Way You Look Tonight, so I’m thrilled that Tony Bennett decided to pair up with Faith Hill for this one.
Keeping company with these country artists on this album are some well knowns such as John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli, Lady GaGa….just to name a few. Will you be checking this album out?
It’s that time of year! Time to drag out the old Christmas CDs by our favorite country artists. All of these are in my rotation. I have to say my favorite is the Lee Ann Womack, The Season for Romance, it’s very bluesy country. What am I missing? What else do you listen to around this time of year?