Continuing the tradition of presenting the top stories in country music, another all-new episode of the “The Pickup” features a look at Christmas albums, holiday lights at Graceland and giving back to those affected by the East Tennessee wildfires.
Country music icon and singer-songwriter T.G. Sheppard lit up Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee for the Christmas season. The estate turned into a winter wonderland on November 17th as lights covered the house and T.G. performed some holiday favorites.
Country music funny man Ray Stevens released a Christmas album Mary and Joseph and The Baby and Me. The ten-track disc is his third Christmas album and as comical as expected.
Pick-up-and-coming artist Jamie Kent’s debut single “All American Mutt” is the title track for his album and aired at No. 16 on the Billboard Top Current Country Album Charts. Rolling Stone referred to Kent as “an artist you need to know.” For music, tour dates and more info go to jamiekent.com.
Cracker Barrel is now selling the Oak Ridge Boys’ Favorite Southern Style Bread ‘n’ Butter Jalapenos in honor of their new Christmas album, Celebrate Christmas. The album features their classic four part harmony on many Christmas classics including “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World.”
Dolly Parton’s “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” aired on November 30 on NBC. Just days before the premier on NBC, the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were devastated by wildfires. Dolly has asked her Dollywood companies to help establish the My People Fund to aid those affected by the tragedy.
Exile released their first ever Christmas album putting their own spin on holiday classics like “Little Drummer Boy,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and “O Holy Night,” but perhaps the biggest gift of the album comes in the three original Christmas songs. Tune into the next episode to hear an interview with the band.
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Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today’s stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, HankFM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications’ 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.’s SKY Television, Heartland Network, and Sandy Zimmerman’s Las Vegas Television Network.