Introduction

Alan Jackson’s “There’s a New Kid in Town” isn’t your typical, jingling-bells Christmas tune. Released in 1993 on the album “Honky Tonk Christmas,” this duet with the late Keith Whitley offers a more subdued, yet powerful, take on the nativity story.

The song takes the perspective of two everyday Bethlehem townsfolk witnessing the arrival of Jesus. One character, skeptical at first, dismisses the newborn as “just another baby.” The other points towards the star and the wise men bearing gifts, hinting at the significance of the event.

“There’s a New Kid in Town” is believed to be written by Don Cook and Curly Putman. Though not as widely known as some classics, the song found a niche among country music fans who appreciate a more contemplative approach to the Christmas narrative. Jackson’s characteristic smooth vocals blend seamlessly with Whitley’s higher tenor, creating a unique and heartfelt rendition of the nativity.

So, if you’re looking for a Christmas song that captures the wonder of the season with a touch of down-home country charm, then Alan Jackson’s “There’s a New Kid in Town” is definitely worth a listen.

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