It may not come as a surprise that Christmas time is the favorite time of year for country music’s bearded, jovial star, Charlie Daniels. He’s gathered friends The Grascals, Kathy Mattea, Aaron Tippin, Dan Tyminski and the Cox Sisters for Charlie Daniels: A Twin Pines Christmas which premieres Thursday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET on GAC.
“I love doing shows at Christmas time because I’m always in a good mood,” Charlie says. “There really is something special about Christmas time and the way it affects people.” Charlie, backed by The Grascals and three of his band members, performs original holiday tunes “Mississippi Christmas Eve” and “Hallelujah” before sharing the stage with Kathy Mattea for “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Dan Tyminski for the Nat King Cole standard, “The Christmas Song,” The Grascals’ version of the Bill Monroe classic, “Christmas Time’s A Comin’,” (“I never really knew the words to it ‘til I heard y’all sing it,” Charlie tells the group), Aaron Tippin’s performance of the Daniels-penned “Christmas Time Down South,” Evelyn Cox’s “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and Suzanne Cox’s “Silent Night.”
Charlie shares his family’s Christmas eve traditions which include gathering around a big fire with lots of friends and relatives and reading “A Carolina Christmas Carol,” a story he wrote about his childhood in North Carolina, as well as the St. Luke’s version of “The Christmas Story.” In closing his holiday special, he recites “The Christmas Story” and joins all of his guests for “Joy to the World.”