Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas

Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas is the first full-length Christmas album from the cast of A&E reality television series Duck Dynasty, released October 29, 2013, via UMG Nashville.[1][2]

Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
LabelUMG Nashville
ProducerBuddy Cannon


The announcement of the album came on June 10, 2013 in the Music City Center during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. It was revealed that Buddy Cannon is producing the album, and that it features the family's "special brand of Southern, down-home sense of humor."[3] CEO of Duck Commander, Willie Robertson, was quoted as saying, "Christmas is an important holiday for us not only because of our strong faith but also our holiday family traditions. We're having a great time making this album. We hope you enjoy it."[1]


The album features a number of traditional seasonal songs as well as originals written and performed by the Robertsons. Special guests include country stars Luke Bryan, George Strait, Josh Turner and Alison Krauss.[4]


Walmart released an exclusive 'ZinePak deluxe edition of Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas. The limited-edition package features the full-length album, plus one additional bonus track ("Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy"), as well as a 64-page magazine with exclusive family interviews, photos, fun facts, holiday recipes, scented Christmas ornament, and gift-tag stickers.[5] Walmart let voters decide between the choice of three covers which one will be on the special release.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Country WeeklyB+[7]
GotCountryOnline     [8]
Confront Magazine     [9]
Montreal Gazette     [10]

Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas garnered mostly positive reception from music critics. Tammy Ragusa of Country Weekly gave the album a B+ rating and states: "If you're a big fan of the Robertson family from the hit A&E reality series Duck Dynasty (i.e., you buy every piece of merch bearing Willie's or Uncle Si's photo or the expression "Happy, Happy, Happy"), then get your wallet out. You're not going to want to go through this holiday season without Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.[7] Writing for Roughstock, Matt Bjorke adds: "It may come off as a bit of a novelty album people who don't follow the program but that doesn't mean it's not a well-made album, which Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas most definitely is."[11] Daryl Addison of Great American Country writes: "Duck the Halls is a friendly celebration of the season that will have fans of Duck Dynasty asking for seconds."[12]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, selling 69,000 copies in its first week of release. The album was behind another holiday album, Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red, which debuted at number three with 70,000 copies.[13] In its second week of release, Duck the Halls remained at number one on the Top Country Albums chart, seeing a slight sales increase to 73,000 copies.[14] The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on December 11, 2013,[15] and it became the second best-selling Christmas album of 2013 with 745,000 copies sold in the US.[16] As of December 2014, Duck the Halls has sold 807,000 copies in the United States.[17]

Track listingEdit


1."Ragin' Cajun Redneck Christmas" (Willie Robertson)Willie Robertson, Dallas Davidson3:27
2."I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Missy Robertson)Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram3:50
3."You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (Si Robertson)Theodor S. Geisel, Albert Hague3:04
4."Christmas Cookies" (Phil Robertson and George Strait with Miss Kay)Aaron Barker3:18
5."Away in a Manger" (Sadie Robertson with Alison Krauss, Luke 2: 8-14 Scripture Reading by Mia)Traditional4:03
6."Hairy Christmas" (Willie Robertson and Luke Bryan with Phil, Uncle Si, Jase, Jep)Chancie Neal, Jimmy Melton, Michael Mobley3:30
7."Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Missy and Jase Robertson)Frank Loesser3:45
8."Duck the Halls" (Robertson Family)Buddy Cannon, Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Korie Robertson, Missy Robertson2:29
9."Camouflage And Christmas Lights" (Reed Robertson)Michael Logen, Andrew Dorff3:29
10."Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Sadie Robertson and Robertson kids with Uncle Si)Johnny Marks2:41
11."The Night Before Christmas" (Si Robertson)Willie Robertson3:41
12."Why I Love Christmas" (Missy Robertson with Josh Turner)Josh Turner3:32
13."Silent Night" (Robertson family)Traditional4:19
14."Phil's Prayer, Willie's Closing" 1:10
Walmart exclusive edition (bonus track)[19]
13."Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy"Buck Owens, Don Rich 


Credits adapted from AllMusic[20]

Additional musicians
  • David Angell — strings
  • Monisa Angell — strings
  • Sam Bacco — percussion
  • Wyatt Beard — background vocals
  • Jim "Moose" Brown — piano
  • Pat Buchanan — electric guitar
  • Buddy Cannon — background vocals
  • Melonie Cannon — background vocals
  • Tony Castle — piano
  • Jim Chapman — background vocals
  • Janet Darnall — strings
  • David Davidson — strings
  • Beverly Drukker — strings
  • Dan Dugmore — electric guitar, baritone guitar, steel guitar
  • Conni Ellisor — violin
  • Kevin "Swine" Grantt — bass guitar
  • James Grosjean — strings
  • Steve Herman — trumpet
  • Steve Hinson — electric guitar, steel guitar
  • Jim Horn — flute
  • Jon Mark Ivey — background vocals
  • Shane Keister — piano, synthesizer
  • Elizabeth Lamb — strings
  • Paul Leimdrums
  • Jim Lotz — bassoon
  • Randy McCormick — clavinet, Hammond B3, piano, synthesizer
  • Liana Manis — background vocals
  • Anthony La Marchina — strings
  • Jon Mark — background vocals
  • The Nashville String Machine — strings
  • Daniel O'Lannerghty — bass guitar
  • Mary Kathryn Van Osdale — strings
  • Carole Rabinowitz — strings
  • Mickey Raphaelharmonica
  • John Wesley Ryles — background vocals
  • Joe Scaife — percussion
  • Lisa Silver — background vocals
  • Pamela Sixfin — strings
  • Kira Small — background vocals
  • Denis Solee — clarinet
  • Joe Spivey — fiddle
  • Bobby Terry — acoustic guitar
  • Dan Tyminski — acoustic guitar, mandolin
  • Alan Umstead — strings
  • Catherine Umstead — strings
  • Bruce Wethey — strings
  • Bergen White — piano, background vocals
  • Kristin Wilkinson — strings
  • John Willis — acoustic guitar, electric guitar, gut string guitar
  • Lonnie Wilson — drums
  • Karen Winkelmann — strings
  • Cindy Wyatt — harp

Charts and certificationsEdit


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[31] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] Platinum 807,000[17]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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