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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A good year for Joe Nichols just got better. His first Yuletide offering, A Traditional Christmas is a genial, heartfelt winner. With the help of producer Brent Rowan, Nichols revivifies these familiar seasonal offerings with tasty arrangements heavy on acoustic instruments (an electric guitar chimes in on occasion, but only briefly), with tin whistle, autoharp, and recorder adding rustic touches to a couple of tracks, and a clarinet lending a Dixieland flavor to the bouncy celebration of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is irresistible as a pop-styled shuffle energized by a crooning chorus, a speed-picked gut-string guitar solo, ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A good year for Joe Nichols just got better. His first Yuletide offering, A Traditional Christmas is a genial, heartfelt winner. With the help of producer Brent Rowan, Nichols revivifies these familiar seasonal offerings with tasty arrangements heavy on acoustic instruments (an electric guitar chimes in on occasion, but only briefly), with tin whistle, autoharp, and recorder adding rustic touches to a couple of tracks, and a clarinet lending a Dixieland flavor to the bouncy celebration of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is irresistible as a pop-styled shuffle energized by a crooning chorus, a speed-picked gut-string guitar solo, humming organ, and dancing piano runs. Jim Hoke's keening tin whistle cries add a poignant air to a reverential treatment of "Silent Night." Taken at a casual lope, "Winter Wonderland" is doubly engaging for Hoke's warm, shimmering harmonica fills and a western swing feel Bob Wills would endorse. The ingredient that brings it all home is, of course, Nichols's vocalizing. Echoes of young Merle Haggard all over him, Nichols lays down one affecting performance after another: He's engagingly playful on "Let It Snow!...," somber and reflective on "O Holy Night," welcoming and avuncular on a lilting "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and soothing on a dreamy, romantic take of "The Christmas Song." Minus even a trace of bombast, outsized emotions, or sugar-sweet sentimentality, A Traditional Christmas evokes the feelings and values that should bind folks together throughout the year, not only during the holidays. It plays like an instant classic.
All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
It may be a little early in Nichols' career for a Christmas album, yet this alto-baritone delivers a simple one. But simple's a good thing when it comes to holiday albums. The ten-track collection covers all the favorites, so there's no room for anything new. Nichols' take on such traditional fare as "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Silver Bells" and "O Holy Night" is pure country, steady and strong. The Alan Jackson sound-alike makes you wish for Christmas more than once a year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Universal South
  • UPC: 602498623626
  • Catalog Number: 000258802

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Nichols Primary Artist, Vocals
Shannon Forrest Drums
Jim Hoke Clarinet, Harmonica, Accordion, Autoharp, Recorder, Soprano Saxophone, tin whistle
David Hungate Double Bass, Upright Bass
Gordon Mote Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Brent Rowan Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Soloist, Hi String
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Shannon Forest Drums
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Don Cobb Mastering
Ray Evans Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Susan Levy Art Direction
Jay Livingston Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Brent Rowan Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Chris Rowe Engineer
Jule Styne Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Karen Cronin Art Direction
Chris Latham Engineer
Eric Conn Mastering
Traditional Composer
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