A Farmhouse Christmas by Joey+Rory

Husband-and-wife duo Joey+Rory’s relaxed, traditional style of music brings a familiar, cozy feel to their first Christmas disc.

The album contains surprisingly few familiar holiday tunes and cover songs; among them are an elegantly rendered version of Elvis’ “Blue Christmas,” the holiday standard “Away in a Manger” and the Garth Brooks- and Kent Blazy-penned “I Know What Santa’s Getting for Christmas.” Perhaps the disc’s most relevant track is a cover of Merle Haggard’s 1973 standard, “If We Make It Through December,” which addresses unemployment and loneliness. Merle himself makes an appearance on the song.

Some of the album’s highlights originate from the pens of Joey, Rory and friends. “It’s Christmas Time” neatly sums up the goings-on of the holiday season, from gorging on food and overspending on presents to the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. “Remember Me” is a poignant reminder of the reason for the season, though “Let It Snow (Somewhere Else),” an island-flavored Christmas song, does little to differentiate itself from other nontraditional songs such as Kenny Chesney’s “All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan.”

Overall, this collection is warm and inviting, so put up the tree, bake the Christmas cookies and pop in this refreshing Christmas album.

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