It Won't Be Christmas Without You

It Won't Be Christmas Without You

by Brooks & Dunn


For their first-ever Christmas album, the megaplatinum duo of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn stay true to both the spirit of the season and their own hard-edged brand of country. "Winter Wonderland" kicks off the festivities in raucous, boot-scootin' style, with Dunn's gleeful vocal supported by twin fiddles, searing lead guitar lines out of the Paul Kossoff school, and, for added ballast, Memphis-style horns. The title song buttresses a blues lament with soaring, melancholy pop strings, as Dunn digs down for a rich, emotional reading of an original song concerning a forlorn soul alone at Yuletide. "Blue Christmas" is no match for the classic Elvis original, of course, but give the fellows credit for a different approach with an intriguing arrangement that mingles blues templates with a languid Latin rhythm. Other seasonal standards, such as Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," are delivered with respect for the originals' sentiments, even as B&D add their own eclectic touches to bring a fresh perspective to these enduring classics. In the end, the infectious spirit fueling the performances on It Won't Be Christmas Without You assures there won't be a Christmas yet to come without Brooks & Dunn.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Arista
UPC: 0078636705323
catalogNumber: 67053

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brooks & Dunn   Primary Artist
Bruce Channel   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Deborah Allen   Background Vocals
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
David Campbell   Conductor
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Barry Green   Trombone
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Jim Horn   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Performing Ensemble
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar
Denis Solee   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mel Tormé   Composer
Kix Brooks   Producer
Buck Ram   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
David Campbell   Arranger
Greg Droman   Producer,Engineer
Ronnie Dunn   Producer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Mark Wright   Executive Producer
Dick Smith   Composer
Wade Hunt   Cover Design

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It Won't Be Christmas Without You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brooks and Dunn have a great mix of classic Christmas songs and new holiday tunes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Christmas CD is the best CD ever put out by a country artist>It has funny and very touching songs that would put anyone even Scrooge the mood for Christmas
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this CD and I can't stop playing it. This is my favorite Christmas CD now. I have waited along time for some Christmas music from this winning duo.And they didn't disapoint me. Greatsongs makes for a very festive Christmas ...