Beautiful Star: The Christmas Collection

Beautiful Star: The Christmas Collection

by Rhonda Vincent
     
 

For her first Christmas album, bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent departs significantly from her usual mode, leaving behind both her regular band (though members pitch in on various tracks) and the mainstream of bluegrass tradition. Looking at this track list, the first thought that comes to mind is "How will she do a bluegrass version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree… See more details below

Overview

For her first Christmas album, bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent departs significantly from her usual mode, leaving behind both her regular band (though members pitch in on various tracks) and the mainstream of bluegrass tradition. Looking at this track list, the first thought that comes to mind is "How will she do a bluegrass version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"? Or "Let It Snow"?" The answer: she won't. She takes both of those songs in a swinging, jazzy style, with (gasp!) a snare drum, and while she doesn't exactly make them her own, she certainly does them justice. One the more bluegrassy side are a straight-ahead rendition of the inevitable "Christmas Time's A-Comin'" and a nicely adapted version of "O Christmas Tree" that manages to translate that song's natural waltz rhythm to a rollicking four/four without doing it any damage. The title track, one of the most beautiful songs in the bluegrass gospel repertoire, is handled in an expert if not quite inspired manner, and Vincent's arrangement of the program-ending "Twelve Days of Christmas" is lots of good, light-hearted fun. The occasional incursions of non-standard instrumentation vary from questionable (the accordion on "Winter Wonderland") to inspired (the Celtic harp on "Away in a Manger"). Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661057524
catalogNumber:
610575

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Primary Artist,Mandolin,Choir, Chorus
David Grier   Acoustic Guitar
Luke Bulla   Fiddle
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Kevin Grantt   Acoustic Bass
Carl Jackson   Vocal Harmony
Tom Roady   Percussion,Bells
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Cheryl White   Vocal Harmony
Darrin Vincent   Acoustic Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Vocal Harmony
James Easter   Vocal Harmony
Kenny Ingram   Choir, Chorus
Audrey Haney   Mandolin
Randy Kohrs   Guitar (Resonator)
Sheri Easter   Vocal Harmony
Terri Williams   Choir, Chorus
Bob Patin   Piano
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Ron Stewart   Banjo,Fiddle
Jamie Dailey   Vocal Harmony
Josh Williams & High Gear   Acoustic Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Frances Cunningham   Bouzouki
Aaron McDaris   Banjo
Hunter Berry   Fiddle,Choir, Chorus
Noam Pikelny   Banjo
Dennis Joseph   Choir, Chorus
Toni Williams   Choir, Chorus
Alex Turner   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Tex Logan   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Darrin Vincent   Producer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Michael Latterell   Engineer
Hank Williams   Mastering

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