PUBLICATION:Country Hound Magazine CD Reviews Toby Keith, James House, Eric Durrance and Adam Gregory

Toby Keith Classic Christmas (Two Volume Set)
Show Dog Nashville

Just in time for Christmas, all of you Toby Keith fans need to pick up a copy of this set to add to the holiday listening. Anyone wanting a new Country Christmas sound to put the tinsel on the tree, pick up a copy too! As the title eludes, it is chock full of the classic songs we all know and sing along to during the Christmas season. You will find fun songs and spiritual songs, but Keith adds his personal touch to each one, along with plenty of Country instrumentals that create a unique sound.

Ten songs on each CD give you plenty of songs to brush up on all the songs you may need to join the carolers as they stroll your neighborhood. Keith usually has listeners thinkingof rowdy and rough, but on this music collection, you will be pleasantly surprised as he shows his softer side, allows his emotions to show and sings about the memories of his childhood. This collection is a keeper, in my book, and a great collection to the holiday music library.

Volume One:
1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Silver Bells
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
7. The Christmas Song
8. White Christmas
9. Frosty The Snowman
10. Please Come Home For Christmas

Volume Two:
1. Little Drummer Boy
2. Go Tell It On The Mountain
3. The First Noel
4. O Come All Ye Faithful
5. Silent Night
6. Away In A Manger
7. We Three Kings
8. O Little Town Of Bethelehem
10. Joy To The World

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James House On This Christmas Night
Friday Records

One of Nashville’s hidden treasures, with a voice like no one else, James House brings us 12 holiday songs that are not all the traditional and classic songs we usually identify with. Oh, don’t think you can escape a few standard Christmas favorites -- “The Little Drummer Boy,” “The First Noel," “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “White Christmas” -- but there are also some new originals on this one, too. House has such a unique talent and ability to take you with him into the music, I can listen to him for hours.

House recruited a little help from Jose Feliciano on his song called “Santa Goes To Mexico,” which will leave you smiling. Houser is an incredible singer and songwriter, and this CD showcases his vocal talents and his gift of creating not only the lyrics, but the music. Do yourself a favor; if you are looking for something for yourself this year and want a unique Christmas CD, buy this one for you!

1. On This Christmas Night
2. Santa Goes To Mexico (with special guest Jose Feliciano)
3. Precious Child
4. The Little Drummer Boy
5. Lullaby For Jesus
6. The First Noel
7. Winter Wonderland
8. Believe In Christmas
9. I'll Be Home For Christmas
10. White Christmas
11. Beautiful Christmas
12. Christmas Aroumd The World

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Eric Durrance Angels Fly Away
Wind-Up Records

Angels Fly Away can be be described in Durrance's own words, "I write music that come from my heart. I like to write music that puts body and soul out there and has a magical way of saying what everyone feels. I like to be real and I believe a good, honest song is the key to an artist's success."Every song on this CD is honest and pure and you can feel emotion pour out of Durrance's voice. This is his debut CD, and he has emerged as an artist and songwriter that will garner much attention now and in the future. This endeavor showcases both his songwriting abilities and his versatility as a singer.

Durrance co-wrote four of the 11 songs and has some of the industry’s most recognized names on other songs – Craig Wiseman, Jeffrey Steele and Teddy Gentry.

1. Someone I Can't Live Without
2. All Over But The Crying
3. Angels Fly Away
4. Cover
5. Life Is Hard
6. What If
7. Letting Go
8. This Side of Sober
9. Turn It Off
10. Wait Till I Get There
11. It's Gotta Be Love

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Adam Gregory "What It Takes" (single)
Big Machine Records

Adam Gregory is going to be huge, and I am not talking about his size. This is one artist who is genuine and shares his God-given talent with a smile and puts everything he has into his music. “What It Takes” is the second release by Gregory from his upcoming album, and it puts him right up there with all of the “A list” artists on today’s music roster. This song, written by Gregory along with top notch writers on the music scene today (Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers and Greg Crowe), will soon be moving towards the top of the charts.
Not a stranger to the music industry, Adam Gregory has recently emerged in the United States from Canada, where he enjoyed stardom since an early age. Gregory recently released the video for “What It Takes” and it has been receiving rave reviews. This song is about a man wondering what it is going to take to win the heart and love of a woman, and his deliverance of this song is heartfelt and sincere. Gregory is a refreshing sound in the line-up of artists competing for your ear and your dollar, and an absolute must have for your listening pleasure. Pick up several of these!

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On a personal note, my wish for each of you is a blessed and happy holiday season.
Merry Christmas!


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