YLIAS November/December Country Update

This year has been unprecedented for Christmas album releases. Holiday albums are not for everyone. How many times do we need to hear a new rendition of ‘The Christmas Song’ when the definitive version was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1961. How can anyone improve on perfection?

Despite the limited market and short shelf life, the attraction of recording a Christmas album seems to be impossible to resist for our favourite artists. The first was released in September by Reba McEntire. The final scheduled release will be the collaboration between Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at the end of this week. We are preparing our mega group review. We have deliberately delayed this to accommodate the later release dates and our support for the ‘keep Christmas till December’ brigade.

Across all genres there are 53 artists who are releasing festive albums into the marketplace this year. In the country music genre there are 16.

Rascal Flatts  – The Greatest Gift of All 
Jennifer Nettles – To Celebrate Christmas 
The Oak Ridge Boys – Celebrate Christmas
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers – We Say Merry Christmas
Kacey Musgraves – A Very Kacey Christmas
Chris Young – It Must Be Christmas (10/14)
Loretta Lynn – White Christmas Blue
Jordan Smith – Tis the Season
Brett Eldredge – Glow
Todd Chrisley – A Chrisley Christmas
John Berry – Christmas
Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood – Christmas Together
Reba McEntire – My Kind of Christmas
Exile – Wrapped Up in Your Arms for Christmas
T. Graham Brown – Christmas With T. Graham Brown
Kevin Williams – Acoustic Christmas

 There is so much choice this year it’s difficult to see how they can be all commercially viable but we will do our best to sort the wheat from the chaff.

On the subject of Christmas, the annual ‘CMA Country Christmas’ TV show will air on 28th November on ABC in the US. Jennifer Nettles will host for the seventh time and will feature performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young. This will also be shown on Sky Arts in due course.

For those lucky enough to be in New York for the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Centre Tree on 30th November you will see performances from Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Also, NBC are showing Dolly’s ‘Christmas Of Many Colors’ on November 30th. It’s the sequel to ‘Coat Of Many Colors’ and Jennifer Nettles will reprise her role as Parton’s mother.

With the year rapidly coming to an end there are only a limited amount of upcoming releases. The significant ones are Ronnie Dunn’s ‘Tattooed Heart’ and Ty Herndon’s ‘House On Fire’ being released this Friday.

Miranda Lambert’s ‘The Weight Of These Wings’ will be released on 18th November and Garth Brooks will release his ‘Gunslinger’ album on 25th November. The final major label releases for 2016 will take place on 2nd December with Kane Brown’s self titled album and Rae Lynn’s ‘Wildhorse’.