Nov 22, 2013 2:43 PM by AP (PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA)
It looks like the enterprising Robertson clan has found a new market for their signature product, with Jase turning his duck calls into a "musical" instrument, replacing the "Fa la la la las" with quacks on the title track sung by three generations of Robertsons.
This critic-proof Christmas album has already hit No. 1 on Billboard's country chart, offering a mix of new Robertson-themed Christmas songs with more traditional holiday tunes in a package designed to appeal to fans of the top-rated "Duck Dynasty" TV reality show. The Robertsons get a little help from some friends too - country stars Alison Krauss, George Strait, Luke Bryan and Josh Turner.
Willie Robertson cuts loose on the country rock "Ragin' Cajun Redneck Christmas" and "Hairy Christmas," a duet with Bryan that extols "duck season and holiday cheer. Curmudgeonly Uncle Si is a perfect fit for the humorous "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and recites Willie's reworked version of "The Night Before Christmas" in which he mistakes Santa for his rotund nephew.
It's left to the Robertson women to offer more traditional holiday fare. Missy Robertson, a music teacher, is the family's most polished singer, offering a tender version of the ballad "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and engaging in a flirtatious duet with droll husband Jase on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Willie's teenage daughter Sadie shows some natural vocal talent on "Away In a Manger" and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer." After Missy leads the entire family in multi-part harmonizing on "Silent Night," it's left to family patriarch Phil to close the album as he does the TV show with a prayer.
Fortunately, the Robertsons don't set their sights on "The Twelve Days of Christmas." That partridge in a pear tree wouldn't stand a chance with these erstwhile hunters.