Rooted in Country: Chris Young on Alan Jackson's 'There’s a New Kid in Town'

Jeff Johnson

We all have certain songs that immediately take us back to another time and place, especially during this time of year. You're bound to hear a tune that transports you back to previous gatherings with friends and family.

For this very special holiday edition of Rooted in Country, we asked "Sober Saturday Night" singer Chris Young to reveal the one country Christmas tune which holds that very special place in his heart.

"Growing up, if I didn't listen to Alan Jackson's Honky Tonk Christmas and Beach Boys Christmas Album, it just wasn't Christmastime yet," Young tells Wide Open Country. "When I got the chance to make my own Christmas album this year I knew I had to cut 'There's A New Kid In Town.'"

Jackson's "There's A New Kid In Town" was originally co-written and released by Keith Whitley, another of Young's musical heroes. You can hear segments of Whitley's vocals used to create a bittersweet duet between the two, which came out nearly four years after Whitley's tragic death.

"Alan is a legendary artist I've always admired and I was lucky to get to tour with him a few years back," Young says. "To have him record the song with me on my own Christmas record is literally a dream come true."

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Young's brand new holiday album, It Must Be Christmas, features a reimagined duet version of "There's A New Kid In Town" with Jackson himself. It marks a sort of "full circle" moment for both artists, and brings even more magic to the song's new form. Listen for yourself below.


Chris Young's It Must Be Christmas is available in stores and online now. You can find a full list of his upcoming tour dates via his official website.

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Rooted in Country: Chris Young on Alan Jackson's 'There’s a New Kid in Town'