With Halloween in the rearview mirror, country Christmas songs are falling faster than candy wrappers and Kane Brown just dropped an unexpected holiday collaboration for fans – “Blue Christmas.”
Even though Elvis Presley died 16 years before Brown was born, modern studio technology made it possible for country music’s crossover prince to partner with the King of Rock 'N Roll.
“Blue Christmas” is out now and kicks off with a steel guitar and Presley’s unmistakable voice. Brown comes in on the second verse.
The song isn’t the only tribute Brown is paying to a rock ‘n roll great. He also recently released “I Can Feel It,” which was inspired by Collins’ massive hit “In The Air Tonight.” “I Can Feel It” is the follow-up to Brown’s 10th No. 1 song “Bury Me in Georgia.” Brown gave Collins a songwriting credit on “I Can Feel It,” along with his co-writers Gabe Foust and Jaxson Free.
“I was playing Stagecoach and doing interviews there on-site about what would be amazing and unexpected performances you’d want to see happen,” Brown explained in a statement about the song’s inspiration and referencing his 2023 headlining run at Stagecoach Festival. “I think I surprised a lot of interviewers with my answers- which were ‘Cher, Phil Collins...’ and the next day I was writing in Canada and went into the write with those Icons on my mind and just love the way the song came out. I immediately knew I wanted it as my next single.”
Brown even named his 2024 tour after the song. His In The Air Tour will include Tyler Hubbard, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Bailey Zimmerman, Jon Pardi, Parmalee and more on a mix of stadium and arena dates.
The tour starts March 28 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and stretches to September in Arlington, Texas. Brown will visit venues including Boston’s Fenway Park, Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, Denver’s Coors Field and BMO Stadium in Los Angeles.