It’s only June, but I’m going to go ahead and lay odds that one of the more notable yuletide originals this season will be Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, a.k.a. the Duck Dynasty Christmas album. (Sure, Duck the Halls is a fine title, but I hope serious thought was also given to Si-lent Night.)
Dropping Oct. 29, Willie, Jase, Phil, Ms, Kay, Uncle Si, Korie and the rest of the Robertson family — stars of A&E’s mammoth reality hit about a Louisiana family running their Duck Commander duck-call and hunting equipment empire while getting into sitcom-worthy adventures — will be featured in what Korie described to reporters as a “variety show-style music CD.” She hints at some surprises, including some special guests from presumably the country music world. It would only be fair, for instance, if Darius Rucker chipped in, seeing as how the Robertsons starred in his “Wagon Wheel” video.
Expect a healthy amount of traditional Christmas tunes that relate to the holiday’s religious origins, as the Robertson clan has never been shy about putting their faith front and center.
Willie told Entertainment Tonight, “Faith, family and ducks — in that order — have always been our priorities. Christmas is an important holiday for us not only because of our strong faith but also our holiday family traditions. We’re having a great time making this album. We hope you enjoy it.”
Fans will no doubt appreciate the new tunes, and getting to hear their favorite stars in a new way, but an even better present would be to get those pesky negotiations for Season 4 out of the way. The family is pushing to get a bump in salary for their participation in the hugely successful show, which had a record-breaking Season 3, with the finale drawing in 9.6 million viewers.
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