CMT Announces Star-Studded Lineup for Two Christmas TV Specials

by Suzanne Halliburton
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If you’re fancying some good, old-fashioned country Christmas music, CMT has you covered.

In fact, CMT has two shows for the country music lover who likes some twang and maybe a truck or two to go along with his/her jingle bells. You’ll want to flip on the shows if you’re a fan of Brett Young or performers like Billy Ray Cyrus, Darius Rucker, Wynonna Judd, Tracy Lawrence, Amy Grant or Clay Walker.

CMT will kick off the Christmas season with two holiday shows. One is called “CMT Crossroads Christmas: Brett Young & Friends.” The other is “A Tennessee Kind of Christmas.” Both shows will combine old-school country performers with those from the pop music world.

CMT will show the specials back to back, Wednesday night. The country network promises there will be a good mix of classic and contemporary Christmas tunes.

Taste of Country reported the details. The Tennessee Kind of Christmas show includes performances that were filmed in eight locations in and around Nashville. Locations include RCA Studio B to Santa’s Pub, where everyday folks go to drink beer and sing karaoke.

How About a Sneak Peak of What CMT Is Showing

According to Taste of Country, here are the performers and their songs for the Brett Young/CMT Crossroads event:

CMT Crossroads Christmas: Brett Young & Friends Set List:
“Silver Bells” – Brett Young, Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw
“Let it Snow” – Brett Young, Maddie & Tae
“The Christmas Song” – Brett Young, Maddie & Tae
“Silent Night” – Brett Young, Chris Tomlin
“White Christmas” – Brett Young, Colbie Caillat
“Rocking Around The Christmas Tree” – Brett Young, Darius Rucker
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Brett Young
“The Chipmunk Song” – Brett Young, Dan Huff
“This Christmas” – Brett Young, Boyz II Men

And here’s a list of performers and the songs they’ll sing, along with the venues, for the CMT “A Tennessee Kind of Christmas.” As you’ll read, the performers lead more towards traditional country.

“Blue Christmas” – Billy Ray Cyrus at Historic RCA Studio B
“Mary, Did You Know?” – Wynonna Judd at Cheekwood Mansion & Museum
“Cold Beer” – Tracy Lawrence at Santa’s Pub
“Cowboy Christmas” – Clay Walker at A Farm in Kingston Springs
“Tennessee Christmas” – Amy Grant at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
“On Christmas Morning” – Steve Wariner at Rutledge Hill
“Merry Christmas Baby” – Pam Tillis at Rudy’s Jazz Room
“O Holy Night” – Sara Evans & Olivia Evans at Clementine Hall

And if you miss the shows Wednesday night, CMT will be rerunning the programs through Christmas week. What song are you most looking forward to hearing? I’m wanting to listen to anything from Wynonna. In fact, if you’re wanting to see some country-flavored Christmas movies, check out Hallmark’s “A Nashville Christmas Carol.” Both Wynonna and Sara Evans have parts in the movie, which Hallmark first aired last Christmas season. The next Hallmark showing is Dec. 17.

Brett Young recently released a Christmas album featuring his duets with many of the friends featured on the show. You can check out the details here.