Veteran contemporary country star Tracy Lawrence
quietly slipped this ten-song seasonal collection out for the fans in 2007, but found success with it a year later. Eight of these tunes are familiar Christmas standards such as "Frosty the Snowman," "White Christmas," Mel Tormé
's ubiquitous "Christmas Song," and others. But the real standouts on this collection are the two tunes by Flip Anderson
and Kenny Beard
. Bob Wills
could have done the opening title track, as it walks the Western swing fence in a straight line with some killer pedal steel work. Add to this Anderson
's co-write with J.D. Loudermilk
, called "Cold Beer," a swaggering honky tonk number with righteous fiddle work, and you have a pair of oddballs that make the set. Recommended for fans of hardcore country. This is the real stuff.