This year, there has been a bunch of new Christmas music from a number of big names in country music.  Most of these vocalists took a few weeks off their touring schedules to lay down tracks when most of us in the Binghamton area were barbecuing in the backyard or leaving for a summer July 4th adventure.

If you've ever wondered how these singers get in to the Christmas spirit when the thermometer was hitting upwards of 90 degrees, it's quite simple; it usually involves an air conditioned recording studio and a decorated Christmas tree and maybe some eggnog.

Some heavy hitters released new Christmas albums over the last month or two, including Chris Young, Loretta Lynn, Rascal Flatts, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Jennifer Nettles, and a new album filled with duets from Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.  See the complete list HERE.

Then there are artists that have released new Christmas singles that you really should listen to.  Please give them a listen here and as always, leave your feedback in the comments section below.

And as a reminder, the Hawk offers "Christmas Music on Demand," 24/7 and always commercial free at  Look for it on the right hand side of the web site or click HERE to hear the sounds of the season right now.