Sunday, December 18, 2016

RECORD REVIEW: Loretta Lynn "White Christmas Blue"

Loretta Lynn
White Christmas Blue

Like your favorite fuzzy sweater
on a cold winter's day, the latest
from Loretta Lynn is a holiday
treasure — one that's guaranteed
to warm your heart and your soul!

Her professional recording career spans nearly 60 years. And at 84, Loretta Lynn continues to produce impeccable work. In March, she released Full Circle — my personal pick for 2016's Album of the Year. Just seven months later, in October, Miss Lo-rett-ee returned to deliver a bona fide yuletide gem  White Christmas Blue.

Culled from the same Tennessee Mountain sessions as Full Circle, this down-home 12-song collection features newly recorded versions of several favorites featured originally on Lynn's only other holiday release, Country Christmas, back in 1966 — as well as a fistful of soon-to-be classics.

Check out Loretta Lynn's new
video for "Country Christmas."

Penned by Lynn and acclaimed Nashville songwriter, Shawn Camp, the title track kicks off the record with engaging authenticity. And while such lighthearted "seasonal" favorites as "Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman," "Jingle Bells" and  "White Christmas" certainly enhance the record's fun factor, it's Lynn's signature-style renditions of "traditional" standards, including "Away in a Manger," "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night" that provide the greatest payoff.

In sum, White Christmas Blue is a must-have addition to your holiday collection — a Five-Star winner, to be sure!

-Christopher Long
(December 2016)

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