Just a few days ago, Sugarland released their holiday CD, Green & Gold. Now we have another country artist is getting ready to release a new Christmas album. This will be the first solo holiday CD for former Alabama member, Jeff Cook. The CD is called Christmas Joy, and will be released on Nov. 3, 2009.
This album will feature 10 songs, including classic holiday hits like “Run, Run Rudolph,” and “Away in a Manger,” and some original Alabama material recorded by Jeff. The Ventures join Jeff on the title track, “Christmas Joy.” Lisa Cook, Jeff’s wife, also has the lead on a few of the songs.
“This is my first solo Christmas project and I have tried to select varied and not too overplayed Christmas songs" Jeff said in an article posted at That Nashville Sound.
Alabama stopped touring in 2004, but during the nearly 30 years before that, they had 42 number one hits, two Grammy awards, 23 American Music awards, three CMA Entertainer of the Year awards, sold 78 million records, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, ACM’s Group of the Decade” and the RIAA’s Group of the Century awards.
Jeff was also named Guitarist of the Year by Gibson Guitar Company in 2001. I got to see Alabama in concert twice, And I remember Jeff as much for his fiddle laying as his guitar playing. And I remember how much I loved his blue fiddle.
He released an album called “Ashes Won’t Burn,” a while back. You can go to his home page and listen to that single. I really like to hear him sing. No denying this one is country. I think he’s great.
When you get a few minutes, you might want to sped some time on Jeff’s MySpace page, and listen to some of his music. Didn’t take me long to discover that there are some on there I want to go back and hear again – often.
The songs on the new Christmas CD include “Christmas Joy,” “Rock & Roll Guitar,” “Away In A Manger,” “Run, Run Rudolph,” “Raggae Santa,” “Homecoming Christmas,” “Please Come Home For Christmas,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “If We Make It Through December,” and “My First Christmas in Heaven.”
Here’s a video from YouTube of Jeff and the Allstar Goodtime Band. It’s a ‘performance sampler,” and really gives you some idea what Jeff is doing these days. Hope you enjoy it! And remember to check out his home page and MySpace, too!
I better run. I’ll talk to you all real soon!