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Brad Paisley Christmas
     

A Brad Paisley Christmas

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by Brad Paisley
 

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Dreamy strings on a romantic version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas"; spitfire guitar on a revved-up tribute to Buck Owens's classic "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy"; a honky-tonk treatment of "Away in a Manger" -- on his first Christmas album, Brad Paisley energizes the old canon in interesting ways and comes up with a real winner of a Yuletide celebration. Paisley's

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Dreamy strings on a romantic version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas"; spitfire guitar on a revved-up tribute to Buck Owens's classic "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy"; a honky-tonk treatment of "Away in a Manger" -- on his first Christmas album, Brad Paisley energizes the old canon in interesting ways and comes up with a real winner of a Yuletide celebration. Paisley's husky tenor sounds exactly right for these tunes, whether he's being reverent (on a rustic, dobro-enriched take on "Silent Night") or frolicsome, as he demonstrates so effectively on his gently swinging original tale of "Santa's secret spy" who goes by the moniker "Penguin, James Penguin." Paisley contributes two other worthy originals as well: the string-rich country ballad, "364 Days to Go," a laconic love letter to the healing spirit of the season; and "Born on Christmas Day," a uncommonly literate memo to the Baby Jesus that he wrote and performed as a 13-year-old -- here the grown-up Brad trades verses with his recorded younger self at the end. For good measure, Paisley assembles the Kung Pao Buckaroos -- otherwise known as Little Jimmy Dickens, George Jones, and Bill Anderson -- to wind up the disc on a comedic note when they discover that, in a P.C. world, almost every Christmas tune they want to sing contains a reference offensive to one special-interest group or another. It's great fun, and the venerable Buckaroos make a point in the process, but they also make sure that they, and their listeners, exit laughing.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Brad Paisley has made it no secret that he wants to be seen as part of a tradition of country singers, one that hails back through not just through his obvious musical forefathers Buck and Merle, but stretches back to such Grand Ole Opry mainstays as Jimmy Dickens and runs through George Strait, the gold standard for contemporary country singers. So, it should come as no surprise that when he decided to record a Christmas album -- humbly titled A Brad Paisley Christmas -- he followed the examples of his heroes and kept things simple, cutting an 11-track record that captures the spirit of the season while staying true to the sound of his band. Unlike Buck, Paisley didn't write a bunch of new material for his holiday album: he covers a bunch of standards, including Buck's "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy," adding a handful of originals to the mix, plus a seasonal variation on his cornpone comedy sketches that traditionally close his albums. It's simple and unassuming, but it's also tremendously entertaining, more so than most contemporary Christmas records. That's because Paisley not only has a sharp ear for picking songs that work for his band, he also lets his band work, giving them the room to turn such standards as "Away in a Manger," "Winter Wonderland," and "Silver Bells" into songs that sound like Paisley and his band -- and on top of that, he's thrown in some new songs that meet these high standards, like the whimsical "Penguin, James Penguin" and the lazy, jazzy "364 Days to Go," which provides the perfect soundtrack to a snowy night wrapping presents. In fact, that sentiment applies to A Brad Paisley Christmas as a whole: it's a sweet, warm, big-hearted Christmas record with more musical weight than the average modern country record -- or, in other words, it has more in common with classic Christmas records, and it feels every bit a classic holiday record itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0886970053327
catalogNumber:
700533

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brad Paisley   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bill Anderson   Track Performer
Little Jimmy Dickens   Track Performer
George Jones   Track Performer
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Strings
David Davidson   Strings
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Kevin Grantt   Bass,Upright Bass
John Hobbs   Conductor
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Sarah Valley   Choir Director,Children's Chorus
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Randle Currie   Steel Guitar
Allison Smith   Children's Chorus
Thomas Griffith   Children's Chorus
Justin Williamson   Fiddle
Jim "Moose" Brown   Organ,Keyboards
Ben Sesar   Drums
Kung Pao Buckaroos   Track Performer
Erica Haines Cantrell   Children's Chorus
Kristen Cassel   Strings
Addie Davis   Children's Chorus
Shannon Love Hartt   Children's Chorus
Manny Rogers   Vocals
Mike Johnson   Dobro,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Ray Evans   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
John Hobbs   String Arrangements
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Don Rich   Composer
Kris Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Kevin Marcy   Composer
Lori Turk   grooming
Sarah Valley   Choir Contractor
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
Brad Paisley   Arranger,Composer,Cover Design
Traditional   Composer
Frank Rogers   Arranger,Composer,Producer
James R. Murray   Composer
John Thomas McFarland   Composer
"Loopy Dave" Willis   Engineer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer

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A Brad Paisley Christmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have been looking for a new holiday album, pick this up. Very traditional and well put together. Love his sexy voice on the old standards, love his style and choice of songs. Can't wait for the next new release!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous reviewer has it right. My only additional comment is that my friend and I bought this recording especially for the hilarious Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday track, in which Brad and his friends show the ridiculous extremes the "politically correct" crowd would logically have to go to remold Christmas into their own image. This selection alone would be worth the price of the recording, though all the songs here are well done. I hope we see it on the market for many more Christmases, and that Christmas will always be Christmas.
Precious2JC More than 1 year ago
I got this CD for myself for Christmas. Everytime I hear Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday on the radio I laugh so hard that tears come to my eyes. So, I knew that I needed to get it. It's down right hilarious!
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