Two country icons sparkle in a swinging new version of a Christmas classic  Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP
Willie Nelson performs in concert at The Grand Opera on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Wilmington, Del. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Are you a before Thanksgiving or after Thanksgiving Christmas music person? You know, some people pull out their holiday albums to play on Thanksgiving day, some wait until the day after and some really resilient souls resist all the way until Christmas Eve!

Apparently, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack are pre-Christmas carolers, because they?ve just given us the gift of a new take on a classic, seasonal tune, ?Baby, It?s Cold Outside.? And in true Texas style, it is swingy and fun!

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Lee Ann told ?Entertainment Weekly,? that giving it a Texas twirl was part of the plan. ?It?s fun to take a standard song and figure out a way to make it your own,” she said. “The fact that Willie and I are both Texans and fans of Western swing made this treatment a no-brainer.?

This isn?t the first time the pair have recorded together. Lee Ann and Willie also recorded ?Mendocino County Line? for Willie?s 2002 album, ?The Great Divide.? The collaboration earned the pair a mantle full of awards, including a Grammy and a CMA.

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Both Willie and Lee Ann have complete holiday albums of their own. Lee Ann actually covered ?Baby, It?s Cold Outside? previously with Harry Connick Jr. on her 2002 ?The Season for Romance? collection, and Willie has multiple Christmas projects, but first recorded ?Baby, It?s Cold Outside? with Norah Jones for his ?American Classic? album.

Their new version of the song will be available for streaming on Amazon Music’s “All Is Bright” playlist beginning Nov. 24. Take a listen above.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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