OK, so Halloween isn’t quite here yet, but country stars are already working to make sure you have a merry little Christmas.
In fact, A Merry Little Christmas is the name of a new holiday project Lady Antebellum has on the docket. The six-song mini-album is due Oct. 12 at Target stores featuring mostly seasonal classics. But it also boasts one new title, “On This Winter’s Night,” written by Tom Douglas, the same guy who authored “I Run To You” and the trio’s new single, “Hello World.”
“We recorded all of this in July,” Dave Haywood told Billboard, “so it was a little bit peculiar being in the studio in the middle of July in Nashville, Tenn. — 100 degrees outside, sweating and doing a Christmas record. But we had a great time doing it. We had the studio all decorated…We brought everything we had from our houses and decorated and tried to get into the spirit. It was a fun experience.”
The Lady A project is just one of a number of holiday developments in the offing among country stars. Some of the other Christmas news:
• Steve Wariner’s 2003 album Guitar Christmas will be available in stores for the first time ever beginning Oct. 12. Previously available only on his website, it’s the first all-instrumental holiday project for Steve, who was born on Christmas Day. Among the titles: “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland” and “White Christmas.”
• Shelby Lynne has her first holiday album on the way. Titled Merry Christmas, it’s slated for an Oct. 12 release. Among its 11 songs are “O Holy Night,” “Silver Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
• Martina McBride is set to headline the Nashville Symphony’s annual Home for the Holidays concert Dec. 10. Since the orchestra’s usual home, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, is still rehabbing from the flood in May, the show will take place at David Lipscomb University. The concert will mark the first time Martina’s performed with the Nashville Symphony in a dozen years.
• The annual Charlie Daniels Band & Friends concert is set for Nov. 22 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with proceeds aiding Christmas 4 Kids, a program that allows children in poverty a way to buy gifts for their relatives. Charlie’s guests this year include Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen and Sawyer Brown.