Appalachian Christmas, the latest release and first holiday recording by celebrated bluegrass Gospel group Chosen Road, debuts this week at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart. Released on the newly-relaunched historic label Thoroughbred Records, Appalachian Christmas leads recordings by such iconic artists as Dolly Parton and Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, along with bluegrass sensations Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, in the chart’s Top 10.
In addition, Chosen Road’s 2021 release, Appalachian Hymns, re-enters Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart at #4. Since its release last fall, Appalachian Hymns has appeared 10 weeks in the chart’s Top 10.
“As a band, we are extremely thankful for the outpouring of love and support for Appalachian Christmas,” said Jonathan Buckner, founding member, Chosen Road. “Having this album debut at #1 is an honor. This is our first album to reach the top of any chart, and when we started this journey 13 years ago, it’s something we could have never imagined. We wouldn’t be here today without our fans—thank you for allowing us to continue to make the music we love, and point people to true Hope this Christmas season.”
“I knew the first time I heard Chosen Road’s Appalachian Christmas it was a very special project,” said Jerry Salley, A&R/Creative Director, Thoroughbred Records. “The album marks the relaunch of our historic Thoroughbred Records imprint, and now it also holds the distinction of being the label’s first #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart. We couldn’t be more honored to represent Chosen Road’s exceptional brand of bluegrass Gospel music.”
Appalachian Christmas, produced by Chosen Road’s Jonathan Buckner, Zachary Alvis and Tyler Robertson, features guest appearances by such Christian, Gospel and country music luminaries as Point of Grace, Guy Penrod, Jimmy Fortune and Allan Hall of Selah. The 13-song set includes classic carols and Christmas standards, hallmarked by Chosen Road’s signature harmonies and unparalleled musicianship.