Brooks & Dunn, Messina Prepare Holiday Albums

Brooks & Dunn will release their first holiday album, Hangin’ ‘Round the Mistletoe, on Oct. 22. “There are a couple songs that got the full-on, honky-tonk treatment,” says Kix Brooks. “It’s a good mix, I think, of classic-sounding Christmas music and stuff that goes in different directions. But it’s mostly just fun — which is what Christmas is supposed to be all about.” Meanwhile, Jo Dee Messina is working with Judds’ producer Brent Maher on her own holiday album, due Oct. 1. “It will be filled with mostly traditional holiday standards — holiday music that is most reflective of what I grew up listening to,” she said. Messina already has cut “O Holy Night” and may record a song she wrote with Maher and Mike Reid, “Keep the Faith.” 07/30/02