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Hillbilly Holiday

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Hillbilly Holiday is a terrific 18-track compilation of classic country Christmas songs. Much of this is somewhat humorous, whether it is intentional (Commander Cody's "Daddy Drinking Up Our Christmas," and Hank Snow's "Reindeer Boogie") or not (Tex Ritter's "Christmas Carols by the Old Corral"), and that just adds to the fun of the collection. Many of the biggest names in country music -- including Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn, the Louvin Brothers, Faron Young, and Johnny Horton -- are on the collection, and many of these songs are forgotten classics, such as Tubb's "I'll Be Walkin' the Floor this Christmas," Owens' "Santa Looked a Lot like Daddy," and Lynn's "To Heck with Ole Santa Claus." For most country fans -- especially fans of classic country -- Hillbilly Holiday is one of the essential Christmas albums. The CD contains four bonus tracks from Young, Horton, Owens, and the Davis Sisters.

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