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Honky Tonk Christmas

Alan Jackson & Keith Whitley

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iTunes 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.

Customer Reviews

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.

Best of the Rest

Whenever I listen to this album, I always know it's Christmas. It has a quality that warms your heart and makes you think of family, friends, and home. My favorite track is "Santa's Gonna Come in a Pickup Truck" with Alvin and the Chipmuncks, just because it's so hilarious. This album has been a family favorite since before I was even born. If you ever buy a christmas album, this is THE one to get. You wont regret your purchase. Just listen to the songs once, and you'll be hooked.


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


Born: April 1, 1955 in Sandy Hook, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Keith Whitley's legacy loomed large over the country music landscape of the '90s. A talented new country singer and songwriter, Whitley was just beginning to emerge as a superstar at the time of his death in 1989. Throughout the next decade, his reputation as both a performer and writer continued to...
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