South Alabam Christmas

Album: The Christmas Song (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • The first Jamey Johnson original recording since 2010, the singer included the cut on his 2014 The Christmas Song EP. Johnson penned the tune with veteran Nashville songsmiths Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon. The same trio wrote George Strait's 2006 hit single "Give It Away," which won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award.
  • Johnson told Billboard magazine that has nothing but the utmost respect for both Anderson and Cannon, saying, "I think Bill Anderson is a traditionalist from way back. When he came back to town, he was every bit the traditionalist and troubadour that he is today. He, Willie and Merle are my leading mentors - going back as far as I can go. They saw country music for what it was then, and me being a traditionalist, I take my lessons from them seriously, and I try to learn them to the best of my ability so I can pass them down to the people who come after me. Bill and Buddy both do that for me. Buddy literally walked me through my first session. Most of the stuff I learned in the studio, I learned from Buddy Cannon."

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