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The Robertsons - Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas

The Robertson family is still largely unknown in Germany. Still. Because the extremely successful US reality TV series "Duck Dynasty" will also be shown on German TV screens from January next year. The series portrays the life of the extended Louisiana family Robertson, who run a multi-million dollar duck hunting accessories company.

In keeping with the winter season, the busy family has now released a Christmas album with "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas", which promptly climbed to the top of the US Country Charts and number 4 on the Billboard Charts. The CD, released by Capitol Nashville, was produced by Buddy Cannon. Under his direction, an album with 15 tracks was created, which includes traditional Christmas carols as well as idiosyncratic, humorous compositions.

Even the opener "Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas "is a very atypical Christmas song: not worn, but driven with a fast, crisp rhythm of the drums and equipped with electric guitar solos. The piano and fiddle parts are entirely in the Cajun tradition of Louisiana. Much quieter and more traditional, however, is the Bing Crosby classic "I'll Be Home For Christmas". A leisurely piano and violins accompany the singing of Missy Robertson.

"Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" is a musical project involving the whole family of The Robertsons. But not exclusively. The head of the family, Phil Robertson, sings the song "Christmas Cookies" with George Strait. Sadie Robertson sings in a duet with Alison Krauss "Away In A Manger" - a song that should of course not be missing on a Christmas album.

What makes the entire album likeable is the Robertsons' humor and self-irony. They play with the male members' preference for full beards, as in "Hairy Christmas" and "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy" in the catchy country groove. Her affinity for duck hunting also finds its way onto the record. The Christmas classic "Deck The Halls" becomes the song "Duck The Halls" and a duck pipe replaces the world-famous choir voice.

With "Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" there are two more American Christmas carol classics on the album. The former in a country version, the latter more classic with swing accompaniment. The voice of Uncle Si Robertson is almost reminiscent of Lee Marvin.

A perfect Christmas Eve also needs a poem: Uncle Si recites "The Night Before Christmas". At the end of the "Silent Night", performed by the whole family, a prayer follows - there is no more traditional and reflective way to end a Christmas album.

Conclusion: With "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" the Robertson family presents an unconventional Christmas album that combines the usual traditionals with songs that are characteristic of the extended family. A successful combination that lets you smell the scent of a Christmas roast duck.

Label: 4 Beards Music Group / EMI Nashville (not released here)Release: October 29, 2013
01Ragin 'Cajun Redneck Christmas08Duck The Halls
02I'll Be Home For Christmas09Camouflage And Christmas Lights
03You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch10Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
04Christmas Cookies (Phil Robertson with George Strait)11The Night Before Christmas
05Away In A Manger (Sadie Robertson with Alison Krauss)12Why I Love Christmas (Missy Robertson with Josh Turner)
06Hairy Christmas (Willie Robertson with Luke Bryan)13Silent Night
07Baby, it's cold outside14Phil's Prayer, Willie's Closing