CD Review: Blueridge Mountain Bluegrass Band – Blue Mountain Christmas
by Antony Bailey for Country Music News International
- Christmas Time’s A-Coming
- Blue Christmas
- Winter Wonderland
- Let It Snow
- Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
- White Christmas
- Baby It’s Cold Outside
- Carol Of The Bells
- The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On The Open Fire)
- Santa Clause Is Coming Home To You
- Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
- Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer
- Who Is This Child?
- Please Come Home For Christmas
The bluegrass quintet known as the Blueridge Mountain Bluegrass Band are back with a newly released album consisting of fourteen Christmas covers/arrangements to keep country listeners feeling festive over the holidays.
The album starts with a rendition of ‘Christmas Time’s A-Coming’ by Sammy Kershaw to kickstart the musical festivities and includes a quintessential fiddle solo reminiscent of country music. The next track contains a soaring melody, yet an emotionally burdened arrangement of ‘Blue Christmas’ by Elvis Presley sheds some light on what it is like to feel alone and isolated at Christmas and the holidays in general.
Perry Como’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ is the cheerfully selected third track on the album to add a little more Nashville along with a dash of the deep south to the festive season to mix things up a touch.
‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ is certainly worth listening to on Christmas Day, or Eve, whichever is preferred. It is refreshing to hear some Christmas classics that have been re-arranged and packaged to fit into another musical style and genre. ‘White Christmas’ will forever be a Christmas classic and simply sounds terrific in any genre. The tune contains some lovely harmonies and interludes to piece the song together.
‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ makes an appearance on the record – the singing is supported by a banjo and sleigh bells and sounds just as romantic as the original. The album is filled with warmth, festive cheer, and plenty of humour with tracks such as ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’.
It is an album that is sure to be an excellent present and/or addition to the Christmas collection for country lovers around the world this year and perhaps for some years to come. Be sure to check out the bands Facebook page for more updates.
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