Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood became the latest country music artists with a 2020 Christmas special following Sunday's (Dec. 20) airing of Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event.
As advertised, Brooks and Yearwood performed "live by request from their home studio," with an emphasis on seasonal favorites "for viewers looking for the comfort and shared joy of music during the holidays."
Holiday selections sung by the country star couple include "O Holy Night," "Feliz Navidad," "Santa Baby," "Silent Night" and Dolly Parton's "Hard Candy Christmas."
One Brooks selection with no ties to yuletide cheer, Sevens album cut "Belleau Wood," left the Country Music Hall of Famer so emotional that he had to restart the song.
"Good luck, buddy," Yearwood said of the song. "This one makes me cry and I never cry."
To laugh to keep from crying, chase "Belleau Wood" with the above blooper reel that Yearwood shared on Facebook.
It was the superstar couple's second TV special this year, following April's Garth and Trisha: Live By Request!
"Our viewers loved reaching out directly to Garth and Trisha to request their favorite hits back when the pandemic first hit. It brought some fun and joy directly into their living rooms as they were hunkered down with their families," said Jack Sussman, executive vice president of Specials, Music & Live Events/Alternative & Reality at CBS, in a press release. "Now, nine long months later, who better to bring some holiday magic, performing some of the greatest holiday songs of all time than Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood."
Once again, Brooks and Yearwood kept COVID-19 (coronavirus) precautions in mind, filming the holiday special at their home recording studio with a minimal crew practicing social distancing and no live studio audience.
Brooks and Yearwood released a collection of holiday songs in 2016 titled Christmas Together. If you've already filled the country music fan in your life's stocking with those songs of the season, don't forget to shop this year for Brooks' dual Nov. 20 releases: new album Fun, featuring Blake Shelton duet "Dive Bar," and a special edition of Triple Live.