George Strait Plans Third Holiday Album

George Strait’s new MCA album, It Just Comes Natural, arrives in stores Tuesday (Oct. 3), but he’ll also release a new holiday album this year. Strait’s Fresh Cut Christmas will be available only during November and December at Hallmark Gold Crown stores and will sell for $7.95 with the purchase of three cards. James Taylor released a similar holiday project through Hallmark in 2004, and Michael McDonald was featured on the company’s 2005 release. Strait’s album will feature “We Three Kings,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Up on the Housetop,” “Deck the Halls,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and others. Strait previously released two other holiday albums — Merry Christmas Strait to You (1986) and Merry Christmas Wherever You Are (1999).