Chris Janson introduced a high-energy, bluesy rendition of “Run, Run Rudolph” to CMA’s Nation Christmas vacation particular, which aired on Dec. three on ABC. Press play above to get into the vacation spirit!
The normal Yuletide quantity was popularized by Chuck Berry in 1958, and earlier than he took the stage, Janson informed The Boot and different retailers that he did not intend to stray too removed from the basic model of the music. “I’m singing ‘Run, Run Rudolph’ in the total fashion of Chuck Berry. Really no difference,” he commented.
Nevertheless, Janson did carry his signature fashion to his rendition of the music in at the least one respect. “I’m a better harmonica than guitar player, so I’m gonna play the rhythm guitar and I’m gonna play lead harmonica,” he added. Certainly, Janson’s harmonica solo added loads of vacation zest to an already fun-loving efficiency on the Nation Christmas stage.
For his personal Christmas celebrations this yr, the singer says he is specializing in household. “Christmas as a parent…it’s not about you when you have kids,” he provides with a smile. “Whenever I got to be in [my wife] Kelly’s family, it was just good, man. I always cared so much about myself — still do, everyone does — but I became more of a dad and learned to care for others first. It was just an amazing, humbling experience.”
This yr’s CMA Nation Christmas particular is hosted by Trisha Yearwood and options an array of nation A-listers performing Christmas classics and unique vacation tunes. Different performing acts embrace Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, Brett Young, Runaway June and extra. This yr’s present additionally highlights a lot of cross-genre collaborations, corresponding to Rascal Flatt’s duet with gospel legend CeCe Winans.
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