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Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are a country pop threesome hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. Since forming in 2006, they’ve accumulated countless Grammy and Country Music awards, and have been nominated for a Brit.
Some readers may recall Cheryl Cole and Gary Barlow performing a version of the band’s Need You Now at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in June 2012. It subsequently sold even more copies than it already had (the song’s gone five-times platinum stateside).
On This Winter’s Night is actually an update on the trio’s 2010 EP, A Merry Little Christmas, doubling that set’s six tracks. Few artists approaching a festive collection do so to write brand-new tracks, and sure enough 10 of these 12 cuts are takes on familiar numbers. However, the title track is one of the band’s own, and ultimately fits nicely beside the covers.
Elsewhere there are gently cheering country-pop takes on American yuletide standards, such as A Holly Jolly Christmas, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and Silver Bells. They tackle Mariah’s All I Want for Christmas Is You, turning it into a leisurely affair – a brave thing to do as the original is quite the giddy and iconic modern Christmas classic.
Blue Christmas goes the way of a jazzy barroom knees-up, and Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow jingles along in a classy bluegrass fashion. Versions of Silent Night (Lord of My Life) and The First Noel showcase the trio’s harmonising abilities perfectly.
On This Winter’s Night is an inoffensive and very American addition to the Christmas album canon. It’s a nice little stocking filler for the country lovin’ type.