Maddie and Tae Speak on ‘Catching Up’ with Carrie Underwood for Cracker Barrel Christmas Special

Due to the coronavirus pandemic canceling tours and festivals, many country artists had to get creative when it came to getting fans new music. One country duo, Maddie and Tae, utilized streaming to share their new Christmas albumWe Need Christmas. 

The pair released their first holiday-themed album in October, which features six new songs to help get you in the Christmas spirit. The duo also managed to get their EP on the Cracker Barrel’s holiday special, Cracker Barrel Sounds of the Season. Besides Maddie and Tae, the special also features Carrie Underwood and Runaway June. 

A Holiday Reunion for Maddie & Tae & Carrie Underwood

Besides being a surprise for listeners, it’s also a gift for the artists. The three acts toured together in 2019 on Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360. 

The holiday special has allowed the girls to have a much-needed reunion. 

“We just had so much fun catching up because we’re all really close since we toured together last year, but it was just a really cool way to kind of kick off the holidays,” Maddie Font said in a recent interview.

After collaborating with Underwood and her band, Maddie and Tae were able to play their own songs, which “turned out amazing.” In addition to performances, the Cracker Barrell special will include conversations between the artists. 

Runaway June also released a holiday EP titled, When I Think About Christmas. The band released the album in October. Speaking about their former tourmates’ new music, Kerr and Font said they “dove into” the music as soon as Maddie and Tae released the album.

Cracker Barrel Sounds of the Season will premiere on Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube and Facebook pages. It will be available to watch throughout the Christmas season. 

The special will feature Carrie Underwood performing songs from her holiday album, My Gift. Maddie and Tae and Runaway June will also perform, as well as and musical collaborations between the artists.