The Gatlin Brothers - Larry, Steve and Rudy - are hankering to entertain the troops in the Persian Gulf. But the country singers found out a lot of other entertainers had the same idea, and the next available slot is February.

So the Gatlins are doing the next best thing: sending over a Christmas special taped in Las Vegas and backed up by an 80-voice high school choir.Larry Gatlin has a soft spot for the thousands of soldiers sent to Saudi Arabia after Iraq invaded Kuwait Aug. 2.