Lynn is feeling "White Christmas Blue"
Friday, September 16, 2016
– It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas for Loretta Lynn.
Lynn announced today she would release "White Christmas Blue," a 12-song set, on Oct. 7 through Sony Legacy.
Lynn penned the title track with Shawn Camp, who has written hits for Garth Brooks, Josh Turner and Brooks & Dunn and collaborated with Lynn since 2007. He also provides acoustic guitar and backing vocals on "White Christmas Blue." The disc was recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn. and produced by her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash.
1. White Christmas Blue
2. Country Christmas
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Away in a Manger
5. Blue Christmas
6. To Heck with Ole Santa Claus
7. Frosty the Snowman
8. Oh Come, All Ye Faithful
9. Jingle Bells
10. White Christmas
11. Silent Night
12. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
This is Lynn's first collection of seasonal songs since 1966 and her second release this year for Legacy. White Christmas Blue premieres new versions of 2 original compositions ("Country Christmas" and "To Heck with Ole Santa Claus") which first appeared on "Country Christmas," soulful interpretations of traditional carols ("Away in a Manger," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Silent Night"); contemporary takes on seasonal pop standards ("Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman," "Jingle Bells," "White Christmas") and the title track. The album concludes with Lynn's recitation of the "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Lynn released "Full Circle" earlier this year.
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