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Kacey Musgraves, Jimmy Buffett are early Christmas albums you need

Kacey Musgraves performs during a tribute to Dolly Parton at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Musgraves recently released her first album of Christmas songs.
Kacey Musgraves performs during a tribute to Dolly Parton at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Musgraves recently released her first album of Christmas songs. AP

Halloween is over, the clock is falling back this weekend and Christmas time’s a comin’. And oh yeah, there is that thing called Thanksgiving that’s on its way as well.

Christmas is a time of family and friends and shopping and presents. It’s also a time filled with new holiday albums from a variety of artists.

Country music has been hot out of the gate this season with holiday releases from Pascagoula’s native son Jimmy Buffett, Texas singer/songwriter and friend of Willie’s Kacey Musgraves and several others.

Yes, y'all, the first weekend of November is almost over and these early Christmas releases are everything you need to get you through the next week, which will see the onslaught of ever more holiday-themed albums.

Kacey Musgraves “A Very Kacey Christmas”

Fresh off of bringing the house down with a spot-on version of Dolly Parton’s “Here You Come Again” at the CMA Awards on Wednesday, Musgraves has released her first Christmas album.

Be sure and check out “Willie Nice Christmas,” which features her pal Willie Nelson and the line “May we all be higher than the angel on top of the Christmas tree.”

Jimmy Buffett “Tis the Season”

The Gulf Coast’s favorite son released his second Christmas album of his lengthy career. It features the laid back arrangements for which Buffett is known on songs such as Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Loretta Lynn “White Christmas Blue”

Celebrate Christmas in Butcher Holler with country music’s reigning queen. You haven’t heard “Twas the Night Before Christmas” until you’ve heard Ms. Lynn deliver it in her famous Southern drawl.

Jennifer Nettles “To Celebrate Christmas”

The former Sugarland singer delivers her first solo Christmas album. “Frozen” star Idina Menzel joins Nettles on an uptempo version of “Little Drummer Boy.”

Neil Diamond “Acoustic Christmas”

Diamond delivers simple arrangements of Christmas classics like “Got Tell it On The Mountain” and “Silent Night.”

Sarah McLachlan “Wonderland”

There are many versions of the “Christmas Song,” and McLachlan belts one that deserves your attention. So does her version of “White Christmas,” which features a trumpet solo.

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