EAST TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS has a distinctly warm and serene ambiance. Chet Atkins' smooth guitar sound and lyrical touch--together with the silken voices of a (mostly) female choir and the lush outline of a string orchestra--make this an out of the ordinary release.
Atkins and company take such Yuletide classics as "White Christmas," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," and give them a well-defined, yet subtle country feel. Tranquil and relaxing, this set of Christmas songs captures the spirit of the season on all 12 tracks. EAST TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS proves that a country twang can be just as festive as more traditional approaches to Christmas music. If you like this Atkins release, check out Atkins' other similar Christmas album, CHRISTMAS WITH CHET ATKINS.