Normally, I have a very strict rule about not listening to Christmas music at all before (American) Thanksgiving. I enjoy the time between Halloween and Thanksgiving and don’t like to jump right into Christmas carols after the Halloween candy has been put away. I put that tradition aside to review a new holiday album that came out (on October 29th) this year, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.
I had heard of the show Duck Dynasty for a few years, but never watched it until I was helping take care of my parent’s sick dog while visiting in Georgia this summer. My mom LOVES Duck Dynasty. She even has a t-shirt with Uncle Si’s face on it. I was sitting up on the couch, waiting to give sick puppy her medicine, late at night all by myself and the show happened to be on, so I gave it a shot. I giggled and snorted and began to adore this sweet, redneck family. (That’s not an insult. They like being rednecks!) I came home from my little vacation and my husband and I watched every episode to get caught up to current. We often quote some of the family members on the show, and have joined the legion of Duck Dynasty fans.
When I saw that the Robertson family was releasing a Christmas album, I knew I had to listen. I was delighted to find a mix of my favorite Christmas classics being sung by the family, combined with some new songs written and performed by the Robertson clan. The famous Louisiana family sings a majority of the songs on this album, but are accompanied on a couple of songs by country legends, George Straight, Alison Kraus, Luke Bryan and Josh Turner.
Duck the Halls doesn’t only feature the shows biggest stars, Willie, Jase and Uncle Si. Willie’s kids, Sadie and Luke each have a song on the album. Jase’s wife, Missy, as fans of the show will know, has a lovely singing voice and is featured on several tracks. While I wouldn’t say that Uncle Si has the most amazing singing voice, he certainly brings his personality to the album, especially on his rendition of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and in his adorable redneck version of “The Night Before Christmas.”
The nice thing about this album is that it will appeal to a lot of audiences. Duck the Halls will, of course, please fans of the popular TV show. Country music fans may be drawn in by the big name artists who accompany the Robertson family, but will be delighted by the overall quality of the music on the album by the Robertson family. And who doesn’t love Christmas music?
The Robertson Family’s first Christmas album is a mix of classic Christmas carols, hilarious original new songs and the wholesome values that the family is known for. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this album. It will definitely be added to my Christmas music rotation this year… after Thanksgiving, of course!
Duck the Halls – A Robertson Family Christmas
Rating: 4/5 stars
Label: Capital Nashville (Universal)
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