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Video: "Duck the Halls" debuts at No. 1 on the country album charts, "Duck Dynasty" stars appear on CMA Awards

by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 8, 2013
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"Duck Dynasty" cast members, from left, Jase Robertson, Missy Robertson Korie Robertson and Willie Robertson speak onstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP)
"Duck Dynasty" cast members, from left, Jase Robertson, Missy Robertson Korie Robertson and Willie Robertson speak onstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP)
Co-hosts Brad Paisley, center left, and Carrie Underwood, center right, are seen on-stage with cast members of "Duck Dynasty", Missy Robertson, left, Jase Robertson, second left, Willie Robertson and his wife Korie Robertson, at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP)
Co-hosts Brad Paisley, center left, and Carrie Underwood, center right, are seen on-stage with cast members of "Duck Dynasty", Missy Robertson, left, Jase Robertson, second left, Willie Robertson and his wife Korie Robertson, at the 47th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP)

EMI Nashville’s “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas” has debuted at No. 1 on the Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Top 200 Albums chart with more than 69,000 copies sold.

The Robertson’s Christmas album, produced by Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire), was recorded at Music City Studios in their hometown of West Monroe, La., and includes family collaborations with special guests Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss, George Strait and Josh Turner.

“We have always celebrated Christmas in a big family way,” says Jase Robertson in the news release. “When I look back as a kid, my fondest memories are all around Christmas time – singing, sharing, laughing, not much crying, just having a big time, playing dominos, so why not have a Christmas album celebrating this special time?”

The album mirrors the Robertson family’s popular television series, showcasing their offbeat brand of humor, reflecting their values, and even concluding with a prayer from Robertson patriarch Phil with closing comments from his son and Duck Commander CEO Willie.

Every member of the Robertson family took part in the recording of the album, from Uncle Si’s version of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” to Willie’s “Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas,” which he co-wrote with Dallas Davidson, to Missy Robertson’s beautiful rendition of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and Sadie’s “Away In A Manager” with Alison Krauss.

On Wednesday night, Willie and wife Korie and Jase and wife Missy appeared on the 47th CMA Awarsd, where co-hosts Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, and Brad Paisley spoofed Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s MTV VMA performance of “Blurred Lines” with a new song called “Duck Blind.” Willie even pretended to twerk – in a playful, clean-cut sort of way, on Underwood during the song.

A homegrown mom-and-pop operation, Duck Commander has become a sporting empire by fabricating top-of-the-line duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood.

It has also expanded into a line of products that includes hunting apparel, cooking products, DVDs, CDs and novelty items all bearing the Duck Commander brand. In 2012 A&E premiered “Duck Dynasty,” which features the lives of the Robertson family and their booming family business.

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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