One of the best country Christmas albums, this smart blend of old and new songs doesn't have a traditional carol in the bunch. He starts off strong with the rocking "Honky Tonk Christmas" and then sings a gorgeous duet with Alison Krauss
. He adds his voice to a previously taped track by the late Keith Whitley
on "There's a New Kid in Town" and does a credible job with Merle Haggard
's "If We Make It Through December." Save for a silly duet with the cartoon Chipmunks
, this is a fabulous album.