With Thanksgiving just a few days away, there are signs of winter all around…including a monster snow storm in western New York.  Signs of winter are followed by the holidays and along with the traditional sounds of the holidays are some new music from the artists of today.

Zac Brown Band founding member John Driskell Hopkins and Debby Boone have paired up for the new rendition of the song “Snow” that was originally recorded by Boone’s mother in law Rosemary Clooney. 

The Grammy Award winning duo’s song is a part of Hopkins new Christmas album.

These days are all precious for Hopkins who was diagnosed with ALS last December.

T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang, and The Oak Ridge Boys have paired up for a new rendition of the Bing Crosby hit “White Christmas”.

Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys spoke on the recording session saying, “’White Christmas’ is probably the most classic Christmas song there is! Overall, it was a great time in the studio and the final mix came out just great. We are honored to be a part of it!!!”

JD Shelburne is releasing a new version of the Mel Torme classic “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting Over an Open Fire).  Symbolically, the song is Shelburne’s memory of growing up on a farm in Taylorsville, Kentucky.  Shelburne notes that the song was one of his favourites as a child. “I have so many favorite holiday songs and this one has been in my top five since I was a kid, so I knew I had to record it eventually.”

JD Shelburne tour dates:
Nov 19 at the Back to the Farm Benefit in Gladys, VA
Nov 25 at Light Up Louisville in Louisville, KY
Nov 30 at the Ole Red Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg, TN
Dec 3 at the Bloomfield Christmas Parade in Bloomfield, KY
Dec 4 at the Bluegrass Red & Black Gala in Louisville, KY
Dec 8 at Joe’s Older than Dirt in Louisville, KY
Dec 10 at the Annual Army Navy Bash in Louisville, KY
Dec 15 at the Signature Healthcare Hero Holiday Concert in Louisville, KY
Dec 16 at Spreading the Love Tour in Bardstown, KY
Dec 17 at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville, KY
Dec 31 at the Annual New Year’s Eve Virtual Bash in Nashville, TN
Jan 13 at the Parlour in New Albany, IN
Jan 14 at the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience in Bardstown, KY
Jan 21 at the Historic Fohs Hall in Marion, KY
Feb 10 at the Parlour in New Albany, IN
March 4 at Addie and Baylor Kirchgessner Charity Concert in New Albany, IN
April 27-29 at Gilley’s Dancehall in Las Vegas, NV

Bing Crosby introduced himself to a whole new generation of fans when he joined with David Bowie for a duet of “Peach on Earth” and “Little Drummer Boy”. 

Producer LOUALLDAY has chosen seven of Crosby’s holiday classics including “White Christmas” and “Little Drummer Boy” on the EP “Christmas in Lofi”.

As much a part of Christmas as Santa Claus and Christmas trees, “White Christmas” has sold over 50 million copies since its 1942 release.

The tracklisting for “Christmas in Lofi”:
“Winter Wonderland”
“Do You Hear What I Hear”

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
“O Holy Night”
“The Little Drummer Boy”
“White Christmas”

Country music artist Bryan Ruby has released a new original Christmas song “Christmas with You”.  Ruby says that he spends a great deal of time on the road so coming home for the holidays is always something special; adding that he wanted to write a song to reflect that feeling.  Co-writer David Ross said, “for me, it’s about understanding that being with family, friends and loved ones is the most important part of the holidays, and all the wonderful memories and traditions we celebrate are built on that foundation.

For generations children have heard the story of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” better known as “The Night Before Christmas”.  The Samuel Clement Moore poem has been translated into numerous languages and formats.

One of those versions was a recitation by singer and trumpet player Louis “Sachmo” Armstrong.  That version has now been made into an animated video.

Verve/Ume has just released the first official Christmas album from Armstrong “Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule”.  Armstrong recorded the album on a reel-to-reel tape at his Queens, New York home just a few months before his death in 1971.  The album also includes Armstrong’s signature song “What a Wonderful World”.

The album is available to stream, on red vinyl, on CD, and a limited edition picture disc.

The tracklisting for “Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule”:
“Cool Yule”
“Winter Wonderland”
“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” with Ella Fitzgerald
“Zat You Santa Claus?”
“Christmas in New Orleans”
“White Christmas”
“Christmas Nigh in Harlem”
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Velma Middleton
“Moments to Remember”
“What a Wonderful World”
Reading of “A Visit form St Nicholas”