Randy's Very First Holiday Release "Christmas On The Pecos" Now Available



"Christmas On the Pecos", Randy's new special for the whole family includes live performances shot at the historic Carlsbad Caverns in Carlsbad, New Mexico plus homespun stories and a look at Carlsbad’s beautiful “River of Lights” Christmas tradition. Totaling over 79 minutes, the DVD also has additional exclusive footage of the breathtaking locales including the Carlsbad Caverns and a “making-of” featurette. The DVD is highlighted by spectacular footage of RANDY performing “Silent Night” and “Rock Of Ages” in a cavern 850 feet underground. Place your order now at Amazon.com.



CHRISTMAS ON THE PECOS features holiday favorites from the Christian Country Music Association’s “Mainstream Country Artist of the Year” in a warm, natural setting, including a live version of the #1 country hit, “Three Wooden Crosses,” shot live in Carlsbad. Featured songs include:

*“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
“Rock Of Ages”
*“How Do I Wrap Up My Heart For Christmas”
**“Forever and Ever, Amen”
*“Winter Wonderland”
*“Pretty Paper”
“Silent Night”
*“The Christmas Guest”
“The Christmas Song”
“Sopapilla”
“Christmas Time’s a Comin’”
**“Three Wooden Crosses”

* denotes the song is a live version of his interpretation from An Old Time Christmas ** denotes Randy Travis song

Thanks Ronda, it indeed is a good review.

Always and forever...an RT Fan
Linda and Guide, Greg

It's the best, my grandaughter and I watch it every night before she goes to sleep. Alfina

If you go to this site, the end has links to the clips shared.
Enjoy the read.

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DVD Review: Christmas On The Pecos – Randy Travis
Posted on November 17th, 2008
by
Jan Barrett
It is getting to be that time of the year, the Christmas specials are hitting the stores.
Christmas On The Pecos was filmed against the magnificent backdrop of the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. The music is exactly what you would expect for a Christmas special. It could be argued that these annual adventures are not musically interesting,
but I disagree. Every artist has his own interpretation of the Christmas classics, and each oin their own way celebrates the well known music.
What is not to love about Santa Claus is Coming To Town? Using this as his springboard
Randy certainly gets the audience in the spirit.
I don’t know what it is but every time I listen to Christmas Carols my eyes tear
up and I get all choked up. This was no exception. The moment he started with God
Rest Ye Merry Men, my eyes filled with tears and I could feel this big lump in my
throat.
They show scenes around the Carlsbad Caverns and Randy gives the tour and talks about
a little of the history of them before he sings Rock of Ages. This was spectacular
with the echoing in the background from the caverns.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. I have been out of the country
for almost 5 years and now that I am back home I look forward to being with my family
during the Holidays. This DVD in my opinion is a good one to listen to with family
surrounding you. Somehow it brings out the love that should be shared all the time.
I am not sure this is a Christmas Carol but in my book it fit right in when Randy
Travis started singing his famous song, Forever and Ever. It was always one of my
favorites of his.
Santa and his little elves come out as Randy sings Winter Wonderland which has always
been a favorite of mine, then follows with Pretty Paper. He is back inside the caverns
when he performs the classic Silent Night along with the choir.
Want a sneak peek? Huh? Huh?
Well I have two samples from the DVD (QuickTime format), check out
Santa’s coming To Town
, and a quick look at the
Carlsbad Caverns.
You can order your copy from
Amazon.

Always and Forever...An R Fan
Linda and Guide, Greg

Nice read. And a really well done DVD for the holidays. It will be right up there with "A Holiday To Remember" and "Annabelle's Wish" for Randy Christmas viewings. Of course his two Christams albums are great too. Dee

This video seems like it was a lot of fun to make. It is cool that us fans can get something new to watch during the holiday season. I am glad that we get to see clips of the video before getting it. I should be getting mine for Christmas.

Great Article!

Dee, I agree on it being right up there with "Holiday to remember" and "Annabelle's Wish. Also, don't forget the Touched by an Angel TV airings , especially the first (Fear Not) and second one (The Feather). The third one, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" was okay but just not enough randy to suit me.

Always and Forever...an RT Fan
Linda and Guide, Greg

Your right Linda, I had forgotten about his "TBAA" Christmas specials shows. They too are right up there as well. We fans are so lucky to have such great family offerings (and other films) to view that Randy has provided for our enjoyment. Dee

http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/randytravischristmas.php

Case Number 15214: Small Claims Court

Randy Travis: Christmas On The Pecos

The Charge
Guaranteed to become a family favorite.

The Case
When we speak of country music, let us speak of country music, and not this pop-twang nonsense attempting to pass for country music these days. Turn to your local country music radio station and take a listen for a few minutes. Odds are pretty strong that you're not listening to country music. If that's country music, then Kenny G is a punk rock star. There aren't too many real country music stars left. Johnny Cash and Hank Williams are gone, and the likes of Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Willie Nelson aren't dominating the airwaves the way they used to. It's just not easy for a real country music singer to make it big in today's market. People want slick pop/rock songs about butterfly tattoos and sexy tractors, not actual country music. Real country music has a straightforward honesty that is severely lacking today. I'm no big fan of country, but I can certainly recognize a real country star when I hear one.

Randy Travis is the genuine article, someone who understands that country music is most effective when it is stripped down to the basics. Do you know why Travis' song "Forever and Ever, Amen" is one of the best country love songs of recent years? Not because it has a killer melody or a razor-sharp lyric. No, it's a great song because it is a simple, direct, and heartfelt declaration of love: "I'm gonna love you forever and ever, forever and ever, amen." The great country musicians have a way of cutting through the "flowery B.S." that most lyrics rely on and dealing with issue at hand in a memorably straightforward manner. That clear-eyed sincerity is what makes Travis an ideal candidate to provide his take on a set of Christmas standards, and this DVD won't disappoint his fans.

Most singers make an attempt to add a personal trademark to a few of the Christmas songs. Most of the time, they fail. It's hard to improve on a standard, and the further you get from the original, the bigger risk you run of embarrassing yourself. That doesn't apply in most musical situations, but it does when it comes to Christmas songs. Travis doesn't make the mistake of trying to do a fast version of "Away in a Manger" or some such thing. Steady as a rock, he presents a very traditional set of tunes backed by his usual guitars, fiddles, mandolins, and drums. The closest Randy comes to a gimmick is a brief exchange of corny jokes with a young child. "Hey kid, what does a snowman eat for breakfast?" "Frosted flakes!" "Aw, you smart little rascal!"

Many of the tunes are performed onstage. However, a few of them are performed in the depths of the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, with significant backup from the Carlsbad choir. The results are ethereal and kind of spellbinding, as the spine-tingling echo effect aids a song like "Silent Night" immensely. Cool beans. I kind of wish the whole concert had been filmed there. Anyway, a good set of songs have been chosen for inclusion on this DVD, including popular tunes like "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Winter Wonderland," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Pretty Paper," and so on. However, Travis throws a few surprising selections into the mix. First, we get the hymn "Rock of Ages," which is one of the tunes performed in Carlsbad. We also get the aforementioned "Forever and Ever, Amen," which is not a Christmas song, but is worth hearing any time of year. In addition, we hear Randy's dramatic reading of "The Christmas Guest," and an odd little original tune dedicated to a tasty snack called a "Sopapilla." Heh.

The anamorphic widescreen transfer is excellent, with deep blacks and well-balanced colors. Lighting inside the murky caverns is excellent. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio is very strong as well, creating a rather immersive concert experience. A few extras are included on the disc. We're given a 5-minute featurette on the Carlsbad Caverns, a 5-minute making-of piece, a 3-minute look at some Christmas lights in New Mexico, 7 minutes of Randy chatting with his audience while technical difficulties are taking place, and a live performance of the popular tune "Three Wooden Crosses." These are worth browsing through once. Those seeking out an engaging holiday-themed concert DVD that doesn't wear out its welcome should consider Christmas on the Pecos.

Not guilty.