Brad Paisley -
Album Review By: Penny
Rondinella, CSO Staff Journalist
I think every single country artist out there should be
required to do at least one Christmas album. I don't know anyone that wouldn't just love for their
favorite country artist to do just that. I got my Christmas wish last year when one of my favorites released
one, and now this year I got another wish, Mr. Brad Paisley with his very first Christmas
album simply titled Christmas. When this time of year comes around, I just can't wait to start playing Christmas
music, we start the day after Thanksgiving. It warms my heart so much to hear different
artists sing their own version of Holiday classics we all know
and love. It puts me in a place that I love to be when this time of year comes around,
it's my favorite holiday and it brings me such warm and fuzzy feelings.
I was so excited when I saw that one of my all time favorite Christmas songs was on this album.
It's by none other than Buck Owens and Don Rich, "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (And Daddy
Looked A Lot Like Him)". Man, do I remember that song from
such a long time ago and what an amazing job Paisley does with it too.
"Born On Christmas Day" - Written and sung by the very young voice of Paisley when he was
just a little whipper snapper of the age of 13 (before his voice changed.) His voice of today is
transferred by modern magic in the recording and he joins his younger self on this one to make it a
duet. Pretty neat stuff they can do these days. A new favorite of mine to get excited about
listening for each year.
"364 Days To Go", also written by Paisley, is about the kid in
all of us coming out at Christmas time. Even when it's still Christmas
day, we'll think about the next Christmas to come, which is only 364 days
Paisley and Frank Rodgers wrote a silly, but fun song about Santa's secret agent bird, "Penguin, James
Penguin." Ever wonder how Santa keeps track of what we do all year? It's this silly Penguin with
satellite uplinks in his cufflinks. Who watches us all year from an undisclosed location. He even
helped Santa and his elves hook up G.P.S. on Santa's sleigh. The kids choir really add a special touch
to this one. I know for sure my kids are going to love it. Now, all
Paisley has to do is write a cute story book that goes along with it.
"Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday," with the Kung Pao Buckaroos (a.k.a. George Jones, Bill Anderson,
and "Little" Jimmy Dickens) discovering that they get bleeped every time they mention the word
"Christmas." Kung Pao Holiday is a great CHRISTMAS Song, Yes I Said
"CHRISTMAS". It's not Holiday Day, it's "CHRISTMAS" for goodness sake. Thank you Brad and
others for having the guts to say that and not worry about being so politically correct.
Paisley also does the traditional Christmas tunes of "Away In A Manger," "Silver Bells" and Silent Night.
But my favorite has to be the instrumental version of "Jingle Bells" with
Paisley's awesome guitar playing.
This album is worthy of adding it to your Country
Christmas Collection, one that you will find yourself reaching for either at Christmas parties or just
some down home Country Christmas tunes to brighten your holidays with. It has a nice balance of
Traditional Christmas tunes, in which Brad adds his very own little touch,
as well as the fun loving humorous kind for all to enjoy.
Click on the CD cover to order yours!
1. Winter Wonderland
2. Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy
3. I'll Be Home For Christmas
4. Away In A Manger
5. Penguin, James Penguin
6. 364 Days To Go
7. Jingle Bells (Instrumental)
8. Silent Night
9. Born On Christmas Day
10. Silver Bells
11. Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday
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