I had the great pleasure of spending a little time inside the Duck Commander Warehouse and offices in West Monroe recently. Outside, about 30-40 visitors from at least seven states (judging by the license plates I saw) mulled around the parking lot, the A&E Duck Dynasty camo 18-wheeler, the ever-growing Duck Commander Gift Shop and the area’s No. 1 photo op — the signature Duck Commander/Buck Commander sign.
Al Robertson was a gracious host, talking about the latest goings on with the Robertsons, and believe me, there is a lot going on. We spent a little time in the now famous Duck Call Room. He also got in a shipment of his new “Duck Commander Devotional” book. He opened up the box and gave me an autographed copy on the spot. Made my day. He signed his name followed by Jeremiah 20:9 (But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot).
On my visit, I also got to talk to Godwin for a few minutes. I relate to Godwin because they are always giving him a hard time about being a big guy. Hey, Jack, I had my picture made with him and he isn’t that big. Okay, just leave that alone, thank you very much.
First let’s talk about Al’s new book, which includes family stories, humor, down to earth illustrations and mainly a daily message and prayer. Other family members and close friends even contributed and they are all profiled in the opening of book. It is actually designed to begin the study on January 1, but I’m having to start a bit early. I don’t think it will hurt to read it twice. The book isn’t just for men — it comes in either tan camo or pink camo covers. In the introduction to the book, Al states, “If ever there was a time in our world that we need to be guided by the principles of the Bible, it is now.” Amen.
Robertson was in Baton Rouge this past weekend and spoke to a packed (Ha – everywhere any of the family speaks is “packed”) Louisiana Senate chamber Saturday as part of the Louisiana Book Festival. He spoke about the TV show, the family and then autographed copies of his book. He was obviously the hit of the show. His Mom, Miss Kay, also has a new cookbook out, and it is out just in time for the holidays. It’s “Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen” — that’s faith, family and no, not ducks, FOOD!
And in case you haven’t heard, the Robertson’s also have a brand new Christmas album, “Duck the Halls” that features the family singing, telling stories and cutting up just like on the show. Only on the album, there are traditional Christmas songs and stories that reflect just how serious this family is about the true meaning of Christmas.
It contains classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Away in A Manger and Silent Night, but also has “Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas” by Willie, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch with Si, Christmas Cookies with Phil, Miss Kay and special guest George Strait, and of course, Duck the Halls with the whole family, closed by Phil’s Christmas Prayer and a few words from Willie.
“At first, I thought it might kind of be funny and a bit crazy like the show and I wasn’t sure how it would come out,” Al told me. “But when we got in the studio and saw how it was taking shape, I was really pleased with it. I knew some of the family could really sing, but there are some very pleasant surprises. There’s a lot of talent here!”
And there’s more. As busy as they are and nationally in demand, the family is taking time to help promote its home area with a fantastic “Commander Christmas” lineup with all kinds of activities and events. For more information on that, check out http://downtownmonroe.org/content/commander-christmas
And, I believe, there’s a duck season to be hunted right around the corner in there somewhere.
If you are a Duck-a-holic like me, that will just have to do you until next spring. It won’t be easy. As I go through each Wednesday, somewhere in the back of my brain this is programmed in: “Duck Dynasty, 9 p.m., A&E“. But as I sat down to eat supper last night, it hit me like a rock — the current season is OVER! Just to make sure, I clicked on the tube and went through the lineup. From 6 p.m. Wednesday night until 3 a.m. Thursday morning, it was solid Duck Dynasty on A&E. Only problem is, I’ve seen them all — at least once. I am, unashamedly, a huge Duck Dynasty fan.
I think the show and the family is a shot in the arm of faith, family and yes, ducks and food, that this country needs right now. And there’s just plain cool people to boot!