Amy Grant’s latest album, “Tennessee Christmas,” looks at the holiday season from a grounded, somewhat offbeat perspective.
Sure, there are the songs one expects: “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” performed as a playful duet with hubby Vince Gill. But then you get something like “Melancholy Christmas,” which is underlined with a sadness that also reflects the season. The lonesome “Another Merry Christmas” includes verses about a woman in a nursing home and a man who has post-traumatic stress. To Grant’s credit, the tune’s mood is more contemplative and reassuring than the gloom and doom suggested.
“I absolutely wanted something that talks about the less-sexy moments of the holiday,” Grant says, calling during a five-hour car ride. “The snot-cry meltdown where the dinner you worked on so hard for your family turned into an argument and everyone’s not speaking to each other: Those things happen to all of us.”