To mark the 35th anniversary of Dukes of Hazzard, John Schneider and Tom Wopat will reunite again and release a new holiday album. It will be well before the festive season, but who says you cannot put it on repeat?
This time, they won’t go behind the wheel, but behind a microphone. As Tom Wopat says, jazz fans will surely love the tunes, the songs being a fresh take on what a Christmas album would mean. Both of the actors have appeared on stage before on multiple occasions, but this would be the first time when they release an album together.
The album is called Home for Christmas and will contain 18 tracks with their own versions of some well-known Christmas songs. This won’t be all, since lesser-known songs will also be featured. As far as the style is concerned, all the fans will be able to recognize the two actors, the songs showcasing their humor. And this humor was born after decades of friendship after all…
Tom Wopat further said that they will be backed by a, bright and brassy big band, lush strings and rustic country songs, which reference the style all the fans of Dukes of Hazzard love. As both actors say, the sound of the ‘50’s and of the ‘60’ is an unmistakable one.
Among the tracks from Home for Christmas, the fans can find classics such as I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. However, original pieces can also be heard, some of them apparently inspired by The Dukes of Hazzard.
For example, there is a short track that has only 13 seconds, which is called Ponch and John – these aren’t characters from the series, but from the show’s rival CHiPS. In other words, let the banter begin!
In other news, John Schneider and Tom Wopat can be heard at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York, on the 2nd of December.
Here is the full list of the tracks which can be heard on Home for Christmas (the release will be on the 28th of October):
1. Merry Christmas (:17)
2. “Christmas Time is Here” (3:14)
3. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (3:05)
4. “Cool Yule” (3:21)
5. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (3:34)
6. “Even the Snow (Falls for You)” (3:13)
7. Love (0:13)
8. “Sleigh Ride” (3:56)
9. “Christmas Waltz” (3:23)
10. “Johnny, It’s Cold Outside” (3:23)
11. “The Secret of Christmas” (3:08)
12. Coal (0:05)
13. “Blue Xmas” (2:53)
14. “Holiday Season” (2:48)
15. Ponch & John (0:13)
16. “On a Quiet Christmas Morn” (2:55)
17. “Silver Bells” (2:48)
18. Egg Nog (0:11)