10 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alan Jackson’s 1993 album Honky Tonk Christmas succeeds by avoiding holiday clichés. For starters there is only one traditional song here, and though “Holly Jolly Christmas” is perfectly pleasant, it is the most boring thing about the album. Rather than simply add some twang to the same old holiday songs, Jackson puts a Christmas twist on the classic country themes of breakups (“Honky Tonk Christmas”), loneliness (“If You Don’t Want To See Santa Claus Cry”), and drinking (the peppy but surprisingly dark “Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)”). A Merle Haggard cover (“If We Make It Through December”) proves that even when he’s making a Christmas album, Jackson is country to the core. Because it is not strictly focused on the tropes of holiday music, Honky Tonk Christmas ends up being an album that works at any time of year. Even though it radiates the warmth of the holiday season, Jackson’s duet with Alison Krauss (“The Angels Cried”) is one of the most sublime ballads of either singer’s career.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alan Jackson’s 1993 album Honky Tonk Christmas succeeds by avoiding holiday clichés. For starters there is only one traditional song here, and though “Holly Jolly Christmas” is perfectly pleasant, it is the most boring thing about the album. Rather than simply add some twang to the same old holiday songs, Jackson puts a Christmas twist on the classic country themes of breakups (“Honky Tonk Christmas”), loneliness (“If You Don’t Want To See Santa Claus Cry”), and drinking (the peppy but surprisingly dark “Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)”). A Merle Haggard cover (“If We Make It Through December”) proves that even when he’s making a Christmas album, Jackson is country to the core. Because it is not strictly focused on the tropes of holiday music, Honky Tonk Christmas ends up being an album that works at any time of year. Even though it radiates the warmth of the holiday season, Jackson’s duet with Alison Krauss (“The Angels Cried”) is one of the most sublime ballads of either singer’s career.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings
25 Ratings
ehersey46 ,

Alan Jackson/Honky Tonk Christmas

It made me so happy, thank you.

Tabooman ,

So good, The Decembrists made a cover of one of the songs.

I love the CD, but I was surprised to see that the Decembrists made a cover of "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)." Both Alan Jackson's and The Decembrists sound great. This album (Alan Jackson's) is an awesome album. I love his version of "Holly Jolly Christmas." It still makes me feel cozy.

Molly Dennis ,

great

my favorite is Sants Comming In A Pickup Tuck becuse i live in south GA and when i was little i did not know how santa came down here where there is no snow so my mom would say he comes in a pickup truck and then play this song

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