Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Duck"ing the Halls

With all the hype about the Robertson Family in the news this week, I decided to take advantage of this renewed interest/popularity and share with all of you how I am in love with their Christmas CD.  "Duck the Halls:  A Robertson Family Christmas" was released on October 29th as the first full-length Christmas album from the cast of A&E's Duck Dynasty.  The album is sold as a standard CD and there is even the "deluxe edition" for all those 'super fans' out there.

I purchased the "'Deluxe 'ZinePack Edition" (because the standard edition wasn't available) as one of the 29 gifts Alex received for his birthday in November.  We eagerly tore open the package and listened to the entire album in a matter of two days riding in the car that weekend.  The CD is filled with familiar favorites, and even a few new tunes.  In my opinion, young and old alike would be entertained by the ever-hilarious comments and banter between Robertson family members scattered throughout the tracks.

This product was definitely a family project - everyone has their own place to shine, be it as a background vocal, or the lead in at least one song on the album.  For those who watch the show regularly, it's easy to recognize vocal contributions on each track, and familiarity with each of their personalities will draw you in as if they are good friends performing in your very own living room.  If you're not in it for the Robertson (why are you reading this anyway?) connection, there is the added bonus of vocals provided by several big-name musicians - Luke Bryan and George Straight, just to name two.

Purchasers of the deluxe edition receive the 14-track CD (plus one bonus track), scented Christmas ornament, gift tag stickers, and a 64-page magazine with exclusive family interviews, photos, fun facts, holiday recipes.  This package is sold only at Walmart and available while supplies last.

If you know me, you know I am a HUGE fan of country music awards shows.  With that in mind, I was super excited to watch the CMA Country Christmas special that aired on ABC on December 5th.  However, the show seemed to go on, and on, and on...this year, without any exciting performances, and really just a slew of lame performances (big name stars - yes, beautiful/relevant music - no).  BUT, Willie Robertson and Luke Bryan teamed up to perform one of the leading tracks from Duck the Halls, and I think they did a great job.

As a fun treat just for you, click below to check out their performance (and get a preview of the CD).

So, have any of you bought "Duck the Halls" yet?  What would you share with others about the CD or deluxe gift pack?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!  (And by the way - we all know money talks.  If you find yourself wanting to support the Robertsons in light of recent events, go out and buy their CD.  Put your money where your mouth is to show where you stand.  Or don't.  Your choice!)


Note:  All opinions are my own, and I have NOT received any compensation for this post.

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