Get into the spirit of the season with AXS TV, as the network presents a day of beloved holiday standards performed by some of music’s biggest names, in this special Christmas Day programming lineup. The day begins at 8aE, as pop superstar Jessica Simpson belts out “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town,” “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and more, with Willie Nelson, Carly Simon, and Ashlee Simpson in JESSICA SIMPSON: HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Next, rockabilly hero Chris Isaak blazes through “The Christmas Song,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and more, joined by Michael Bublé, Stevie Nicks, and Brian McKnight in CHRIS ISAAK CHRISTMAS. And Michael McDonald puts his soulful spin on “Christmas In The Bayou,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” in MICHAEL MCDONALD – THIS CHRISTMAS at 10:05aE (with an encore at 4pE).
Stay tuned at 11:05aE, as Country favorite Faith Hill performs “Holly, Jolly Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and more, backed by an orchestra, a big band, and a choir in FAITH HILL: JOY TO THE WORLD (with an encore at 3pE). Then, rock n’ roll icons Heart bring the house down with the help of Sammy Hagar, Shawn Colvin, Pat Monahan, and Richard Marx, in HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, at 12:05pE (with an encore at 6:50pE). And The Flaming Lips, Run DMC, and John Waters take viewers into the quirky world of alternative Christmas music in JINGLE BELL ROCKS!, at 1:15pE (with an encore at 5pE).
Start 2017 off on a high note on Saturday, December 31, in a star-studded New Year’s Eve lineup. The day kicks off at 11:30aE, with a Best Of Festivals Marathon packed with premieres of three specials highlighting the best moments from some of the Country’s biggest music festivals, opening with the eclectic beach bash BEST OF HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL; followed by the swingin’ Louisiana staple BEST OF JAZZ FEST, at 12:30pE; and The Zac Brown Band’s very own BEST OF SOUTHERN GROUND, at 2pE.
The festivities continue at 4pE, with a special Gregg Allman Marathon, as the gifted musician opens up about his legendary life and legacy in a candid sit-down with Dan Rather, on THE BIG INTERVIEW. Then, fellow music legends come together to honor Allman in an unforgettable evening featuring performances by Eric Church, Robert Randolph, Brantley Gilbert, Dr. John, Vince Gill, Martina McBride and more, in the 2014 tribute special ALL MY FRIENDS: CELEBRATING THE SONGS & VOICE OF GREGG ALLMAN, at 5pE. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: AFTER THE CRASH follows at 8pE, giving viewers a glimpse at the powerful story of how the Southern Rock pioneers persevered to become one of the most enduring acts in rock, after the tragic death of guitarist Duane Allman in 1971. The day of music comes to a close with the premiere of the all-star Country extravaganza CMA Music Festival 2016: Country’s Night To Rock, airing at 10pE.