Kacey Musgraves’ Version of ‘Rudolph…’ a Classy Christmas Standard

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“A Very Kacey Christmas” was Kacey Musgraves’ first holiday album, which was released through Mercury Nashville in the fall of 2016. Her sixth studio album overall, and third release on a major label, the collection of Christmas tunes was produced by Musgraves herself, together with Misa Arriaga and Kyle Ryan. The full compilation includes eight traditional and four original Christmas songs as well as special guests such as fellow Texas stars like Willie Nelson, Leon Bridges, and The Quebe Sisters.

Musgraves’ version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a particular highlight on the album and one which was featured by Lightning 100 (a Nashville radio station) on their YouTube channel in December of that same year.

Originally written by Johnny Marks and based on the 1939 story which was published by the Montgomery Ward Company, the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” went to number one on the U.S. charts when western singer Gene Autry released it in 1949. Originally rejected by Autry as the B side to one of the records he was working on, his wife convinced him to give a go, and the rest is history, as they say. Musgraves’ version was added to her “A Very Kacey Christmas” project as part of what she called, “…a whimsical throwback holiday record, one that evokes feelings of nostalgia and simpler times.” And, that she did. The album has sold more than 55,000 copies since its original release, and we’re sure, over the years, it will become a regular fixture on the country Christmas music playlists of fans everywhere.