Nothing compares to Christmas back home on the ranch, so here’s some music to celebrate the occasion.
Emmylou Harris – Away In A Manger
The Eagles – Please Come Home For Christmas
Jim Reeves – Silver Bells
Glen Campbell – The Little Drummer Boy
The Band – Christmas Must Be Tonight
Eddy Arnold – C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
Johnny Cash, June Carter – I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
George Jones, Tammy Wynette – Mr & Mrs Santa Claus
Patsy Cline, Ferlin Husky – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Loretta Lynn – Christmas Without Daddy
Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers – A Christmas To Remember
Carrie Underwood – O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)
Johnny Cash – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Buck Owens And His Buckaroos – Jolly Christmas Polka
Gene Autry, Rosemary Clooney – Look Out The Window
Roy Rogers – Jingle Bells
Willie Nelson – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Country music by its nature takes a low-ebbed approach to life, a rose-tinted view of a changing world which primarily focuses on family, relationships and the homestead. In that sense the genre is especially suited to Christmas, where amid all the partying we find time to remember the things that have happened this past year and years gone by. How else can you explain such weepies as Loretta Lynn’s ‘Christmas Without Daddy’, where the kids can’t reconcile their father being away with taking in the most special time of the year.
Amongst all the sadness and melancholy our collection of country Christmas songs still has plenty to enliven your Christmas gatherings. None more so than Buck Owens rambunctious ‘Jolly Christmas Polka’, which should be an ever present on each Christmas party playlist you pull together. Another delight features the best festive pairing ever in Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. This was a couple of country greats that bloomed over the holidays and ‘A Christmas To Remember’ is perhaps their crowning festive glory.
Such has been country music’s reach over the years that it has invited artists from other genres to its patch. The Eagles were one such act as they gave Charles Brown’s original blues number ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’ a distinct country rock flavour. Similarly the Band included a country tinged ‘Christmas Must Be Tonight’ on their 1977 compilation ‘Islands’. But it is surely the classics like Jim Reeves 1963 recording of ‘Silver Bells’ that really defines this collection of country music songs for Christmas.