White Christmas Blue

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White Christmas Blue
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 2016
Recorded2007—2016
StudioCash Cabin Studio, Hendersonville, TN
GenreChristmas, Country, Americana
LabelSony Legacy
ProducerPatsy Lynn Russell, John Carter Cash
Loretta Lynn chronology
Full Circle
(2016)
White Christmas Blue
(2016)
Wouldn't It Be Great
(2018)
Singles from White Christmas Blue
  1. "Country Christmas"
    Released: December 14, 2016

White Christmas Blue is the forty-fourth solo studio album and second Christmas album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on October 7, 2016, by Sony Legacy.[1][2] The album is produced by Lynn's daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

Background[edit]

White Christmas Blue is Lynn’s first Christmas album in five decades, since her 1966 album Country Christmas.[3] The album is the second in a series of albums, following 2016’s Full Circle, from what is being called the “Cash Cabin Recordings”, an extensive library of new music, overseen by producers Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, that has been Lynn’s primary artistic focus in recent years.[4] Six tracks on the album - "Country Christmas", "Away in a Manger", "Blue Christmas", "To Heck with Ole Santa Claus", "Frosty the Snowman" and "White Christmas" - were previously recorded by Lynn for her first Christmas album, Country Christmas.

Critical reception[edit]

White Christmas Blue was met with generally favorable critical reception. Giving the album 7 out of 10 stars, John Paul of Pop Matters said, “There’s a warmth and intimacy to Lynn’s performances of these Christmas standards. By elegantly tapping into each, Lynn…provides fans with a collection that can be returned to time and again with the same heart-warming familiarity of faded photographs and video images of Christmases past.”[5] American Songwriters' Hal Horowitz gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars saying that “Lynn, now in her mid-80s, is also in remarkably spry voice. You never feel she’s going through the motions, even on the most overdone classics.”[6] Walter Tunis, writing for the Lexington Herald Ledger gave a positive review, saying that “Few artists can draw upon an esteemed artistic heritage to such as unassuming degree as Loretta Lynn does on the title track to her new White Christmas Blue album."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 35 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, selling 1,800 copies in its first week.[7] The album reached its peak position of No. 26 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart dated December 24, 2016, selling 4,200 copies.[8] As of September 2017, the album has sold 29,400 copies.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."White Christmas Blue"Loretta Lynn, Shawn Camp2:48
2."Country Christmas"Lynn2:24
3."Winter Wonderland"Irving Berlin, Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith2:25
4."Away in a Manger"Traditional2:51
5."Blue Christmas"Jay W. Johnson, Billy Hayes2:52
6."To Heck with Ole Santa Claus"Lynn2:15
7."Frosty the Snowman"Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins2;03
8."O Come, All Ye Faithful"Traditional3:32
9."Jingle Bells"Traditional2:47
10."White Christmas"Berlin2:56
11."Silent Night"Traditional3:42
12."'Twas the Night Before Christmas"Traditional3:06

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[10] 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (2016-09-16). "Loretta Lynn Plans Holiday Album 'White Christmas Blue'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  2. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Loretta-Lynn-White-Christmas-Blue-/master/1088079
  3. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (2016-10-18). "Album Review: Loretta Lynn's "White Christmas Blue"". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  4. ^ a b Tunis, Walter (2016-11-29). ""White Christmas Blue" Album Review". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  5. ^ Paul, John (2016-12-19). "Loretta LynnL "White Christmas Blue"". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  6. ^ Horowitz, Hal (2016-11-22). "Loretta Lynn: "White Christmas Blue"". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  7. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2016-10-30). "Top Ten Country Albums Chart: October 31, 2016". Roughstock. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2016-12-12). "Top Ten Country Albums Chart: December 12, 2016". Roughstock. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2017-01-01). "Top Ten Country Albums Chart: January 3, 2017". Roughstock. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  10. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 22, 2017.

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