Instrumental rock/funk group Trypta-Phunk helps Shelton get in a jazzy groove with the original “The Very Best Time of Year,” and the Nashville-based quartet also penned the country rocker “Santa's Got a Choo Choo Train” with the singer.
One of the album's best collaborations pairs Shelton and his big-voiced pal Reba McEntire to celebrate an “Oklahoma Christmas” in Western swing style. But the album's sentimental highlight has to be the sweet two-stepper “Time for Me to Come Home,” which the superstar co-wrote and recorded with his mama, Dorothy Shackleford.
After all, it is Christmas. Or at least it will be eventually.
— Brandy McDonnell