The same way Ralphie Parker desperately wanted a Red Ryder air rifle in A Christmas Story, Brett Eldredge’s family wanted Glow.
They couldn’t wait until its release to hear it, spoiling Eldredge’s big plan to play it for them for the first time while decorating the family Christmas tree together.
“They’ve been listening to it since I got it done,” Eldredge said during our CMT.com interview. “They were begging me to give it to them for a long time. I said, ‘I don’t want you to ruin it and not be excited about it when Christmas comes around.’ But the fact that it came out in October and anybody can get it, I couldn’t keep them from getting it. So I just had to give it to them.”
He says the Eldredge family favorites are “O Holy Night,” “First Noel” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
To capture the magic of the classic Christmas big band hits, Eldredge recorded the collection at the famed Avatar Studios in New York City where many music icons including Tony Bennett, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen have worked. Eldredge even dressed up for each session and the only holiday food present was either Jack Daniel’s or Macallan.
“The energy of New York City, the vibe there just matches the vibe of this record,” he said. “The jazz, swing and standard music was born there. It lives there, and so I wanted to go where that kind of music lives. Where it’s always been classically made and recorded. I didn’t know how amazing it was going to be until I actually did it. I stayed in my favorite part of town, and I’d get up, go to the gym, drink my coffee, put on a suit, get to the studio, pour a glass of whiskey and start recording. I felt like magic was being made because Christmas music is magic.”
“Frank Sinatra loved Jack Daniel’s, and I’m always inspired by him, especially being in New York City,” he added. “I also had Macallan, which is a scotch, because John Esposito, the head of my label, he and I had been waiting to record this album for a long time. We knew he was coming by so I got some Macallan and we sipped that as well. He loves that stuff, and it was a memory we wanted together, as well.”
As far as what he wants under the tree this year, Eldredge — a man who can seemingly have it all — is easy. All he wants can be bought in multi-packs and in a variety of styles.
“Socks,” he said. “I can never have too many socks. I’m very lucky and fortunately to be blessed with a lot of things in this life, but I’m never blessed with enough socks. I lose every pair.”
He will be back in New York City on Thursday (Nov. 24) to ride a float in the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and then it’s back home to Nashville to decorate his place for the holidays.
“I talked to my mom and she was sending me all these ideas for how to decorate my place because I have no idea what I’m doing,” he said.