Christmas is in the air and what better way to celebrate it with a new album from Alabama.
Released in October, the album “American Christmas” contains fifteen great tracks. These songs are a mixture of re-recordings from their previous albums added with fresher songs.
American Christmas Track List
“Ain’t Santa Cool” / “Go Tell It On the Mountain” / “Silent Night” / “Why Can’t Christmas Day Last All Year Long” / “Away In a Manger” / “Christmas Joy” / “First Christmas Without Daddy” / “Winter Wonderland” / “Greatest Gift” / “Jingle Bells” / “Remember Me” / “(I Wanna) Rock N Roll Guitar” / “Christmas in Dixie” / “Sure Could Use Some Christmas Around Here” / “Auld Lang Syne”
Having really known their music, the Country Music Hall of Famers did not attempt to re-invent it. Simply mixing it up with some well-written new material, they simply held true to their roots. From this, they came up with a disc serving as the perfect soundtrack for shopping trips or family gatherings.
Their cover of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” fared best where we can see that trademark family harmony as tight and as spotless as ever. There is also a festive feel to such up-tempo favorites: “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bells”. Additionally, once you hear Owen taking the solo spotlight on a stirring version of “Silent Night”, you cannot really tell it apart.
With a little bit of twist in the newer material, Owen gives a powerful performance on “First Christmas Without Daddy”. This is a heart-tugging song he wrote about the holiday season of 1980, the first without his father. Secondly, Jeff Cook adds a lively touch to “Christmas Joy”. Lastly, the band turns in a nostalgic sound of the “Ain’t Santa Cool?” However, the top moment on the album comes from Teddy Gentry. With everything happening around the world, “Sure Could Use Some Christmas Around Here” is a hundred percent on point. The song evokes a spirit and a message that everyone could do well to take a page from. This is a true reminder of the love and peace this time of year is about. It’s a sentiment we all need to hear, but also as heavy as this album gets.
“American Christmas” will remind you of old times. Reminding you of Christmas shopping trips with the family and celebrations with friends you have known for years. After all, it’s Alabama, one of our all-time greatest groups!
To all our fans:
“Christmas is a special time for Alabama. We hope it is for you. From our hearts to you, we give you this Christmas gift. Thank you for the love and support, all these years”.
—Alabama’s Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen
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