Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Enjoy a Kentucky Country Christmas

Music brings us back for those holiday traditions. Singing carols, sitting with loved ones around the Christmas place while holding a cup of hot cocoa can bring you back to the memories shared over the years.  Here are some holiday albums to help get you in the Christmas spirit, the Kentucky way.

Kentucky Christmas: Old and New by Jean Ritchie
Ritchie shares the timeless classics from the heart of the Appalachian Mountains with this delightful cd. Song list includes Brightest and Best, World Is Old, Christ Was Born in Bethlehem, King Was Born, Holly Tree Carol, Wintergrace, I Saw Three Ships, Moon Shines Bright [The Bellman's Carol], Little Bitty Baby, Carol of the Cherry Tree, In the Valley, Christmas Carol [Remember, O Thou Man], and Christ Church Bell

Kentucky Homemade Christmasby Kenny Rogers
Even though Kenny is not originally from Kentucky, he sings about a homemade country Christmas here in Kentucky.  The MP3 is available to download by clicking the link above.

Christmas Time with the Judds
When you think of the perfect country duo, you think of The Judds. The mother-daughter country duet partners produced an album full of Christmas hits.  One that stands out is "Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem" that shows the simplicity of the Christmas and the real meaning of the holiday.

Merry Christmas from the Family by Montgomery Gentry
Kentucky natives Eddie Montgomery & Troy Gentry bring out the Christmas Cheer with this tune that  provides humor alongside family traditions.  The Robert Earl Keen tune was remade by Montgomery Gentry and is one to add to your redneck Christmas tunes collection.

Mr. Snowman by John Michael Montgomery
The other famous Montgomery, John Michael Montgomery, released an album in 2003 full of Christmas tunes called, "Mr. Snowman." John Michael excels with the traditional song "O Holy Night" and provides a self written tune "A Daddy's Prayer."

This is just a small portion of the merrily tunes to fill the air during the hustle and bustle of wrapping presents, enjoying company of family and friends, and sharing stories of yesteryear.  If there are any others that should be listed, hit the comment button below and leave your thoughts.