2. The Gift
3. If We Make It Through December
4. Remember Me
5. I Know What Santa's Getting For Christmas
6. What the Hell (It's the Holidays)
7. Blue Christmas
8. Come Sit On Santa Claus’ Lap
9. The Diamond O
10. Away In a Manger
11. Let It Snow (Somewhere Else)
12. Another Wonderful Christmas
For the most part, the couple shunned traditional classics for original material. Only "Blue Christmas" and "Away In A Manger" come from the standard catalog that makes up the bulk of most Christmas albums. "Some people might wonder why we haven't filled this record with more of the Christmas standards," says Rory. "Well, the truth is, we feel like that's what everyone seems to do, and we'd rather try to add a new song or two to the list of holiday classics that people listen to every Christmas, rather than just give them another take on the songs we all know and love."
The album will also feature Joey + Rory's Christmas single from 2009 "It's Christmas Time" and one familiar tune that's not generally considered a Christmas song (except by Xmas music maniacs like us), Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December". And Merle, himself, is along for the ride. "We can't begin to tell you what an honor it is to have Merle singing on it with us," Joey says. "There are some dreams that even when they come true, you still think you must be dreaming... and this is one." (Speaking of Merle Haggard, by the way, he has a new album of his own due out on October 4. And, if you hurry, you can get the title track, "Working In Tennessee", as a free download.)
If you've listened to Joey + Rory a bit, you can almost hear some of the songs just from hearing the titles. "What The Hell, It's The Holidays", "Let It Snow (Somewhere Else)", and "Another Wonderful Christmas" sound like tailor-made Joey + Rory romps, while "Diamond O", "Remember Me", and "The Gift" seem likely to be powerful ballads in the hands--and voices--of the married couple.