Johnny Cash wasn't considered a bluegrass artist, but the Man in Black sure could pull off a great bluegrass tune!
"Christmas Time's A-Comin'" was first recorded by the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, in 1951.
Just like many other Christmas songs of that time like Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," Gene Autrey's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," it has been covered by numerous artists. Patty Loveless, Sammy Kershaw, Dolly Parton, Diamond Rio, and Emmylou Harris and many more have covered the beloved tune, but our favorite cover of comes from Johnny Cash.
In 1972, Cash released his second Christmas album, The Johnny Cash Family Christmas, and included “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’.” The song would become a staple on the Man in Black’s annual Christmas television specials that aired almost every year from 1976 until 1985.
In the clip below, we see Johnny Cash belting out “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’” like only he could for his 1977 television Christmas special.
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