Bluegrass and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the wake of the success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, with its traditional country and bluegrass music, Epic Records green-lighted Patty Loveless' plan to record an acoustic country album, and she earned critical kudos and respectable sales for 2001's Mountain Soul. Bluegrass and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, her holiday follow-up, repeats the approach on a collection of traditional and original seasonal music. As with Mountain Soul, Loveless and her husband and producer, Emory Gordy, Jr., display their knowledge of bluegrass and mountain music, filling the tracks with mandolins, dobros, and fiddles, over which Loveless sings fervently in her ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the wake of the success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, with its traditional country and bluegrass music, Epic Records green-lighted Patty Loveless' plan to record an acoustic country album, and she earned critical kudos and respectable sales for 2001's Mountain Soul. Bluegrass and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas, her holiday follow-up, repeats the approach on a collection of traditional and original seasonal music. As with Mountain Soul, Loveless and her husband and producer, Emory Gordy, Jr., display their knowledge of bluegrass and mountain music, filling the tracks with mandolins, dobros, and fiddles, over which Loveless sings fervently in her Kentucky twang. But the songs on Mountain Soul tended to be ones written in the styles in which they were being played, whereas many of the Christmas carols heard here are being adapted to these arrangements. "Silver Bells," for example, isn't even a traditional song, but rather a composition by the Hollywood movie songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, and "Little Drummer Boy," another ringer, is given perhaps its first arrangement not to feature any drums. Meanwhile, in his pursuit of a mountain sound, Gordy isn't above eliminating his wife, whose name is on the front of the album: "Carol of the Bells" is an instrumental featuring the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble on which Loveless does not perform. The album is better, and sounds more authentic, on country-oriented material such as "Christmas Time's a Comin'" and "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem," and on the three new songs written by Loveless and Gordy, especially the up-tempo "Santa Town" and "Christmas Day at My House," which should have been sequenced earlier on the disc for better balance. So, while effective, the album is not as good as it could have been.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2010
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886977037726
  • Catalog Number: 770377
  • Sales rank: 84,520

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Away In A Manger (2:50)
  2. 2 Silent Night (3:13)
  3. 3 Joy To The World (2:11)
  4. 4 Carol Of The Bells - Nashville Mandolin Ensemble (2:36)
  5. 5 The First Noel - Nashville Mandolin Ensemble (2:17)
  6. 6 Little Drummer Boy (3:54)
  7. 7 Silver Bells (3:21)
  8. 8 O Little Town Of Bethlehem (3:46)
  9. 9 Christmas Time's A-Comin' (3:36)
  10. 10 Santa Train (2:58)
  11. 11 Christmas Day At My House (2:25)
  12. 12 Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem (3:22)
  13. 13 Bluegrass, White Snow (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patty Loveless Primary Artist, sleigh bells, Train Whistle
Butch Baldassari Mandolin
Ricky Skaggs Mandolin, Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals
Dolly Parton Background Vocals
Trisha Yearwood Background Vocals
Amy Grant Background Vocals
Steve Gibson Banjo, Bouzouki, Guitar, Percussion, Mandola
Claire Lynch Background Vocals
Todd Cerney Mandolin
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin, Mandocello, Octave Mandolin
Vince Gill Mandolin, Background Vocals
John Hedgecoth Mandocello
Tim Hensley Mandolin, Background Vocals
Jim Horn Recorder
Rob Ickes Dobro
Van Manakas Mandolin
Alan O'Bryant Banjo
Carmella Ramsey Fiddle, Background Vocals
Deanie Richardson Fiddle, Mandolin
Bruce Sweetman Mandolin
Biff Watson Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Stephan Dudash Mandolin
Gene Ford Guitar
Charlie Derrington Mandola
Rob Haines Mandolin
Jon Randall Mandolin, Background Vocals
Blake Williams Banjo, Bass
David Spicher Bass
Butch Lee Dobro, Percussion, Bass Drums, Bells, sleigh bells, Wind Chimes
Virgie Lee Chimes
Emory Gordy Jr. Bass, Guitar
David Shupe Mandola
Technical Credits
Patty Loveless Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Ray Evans Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Tex Logan Composer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Henry Onorati Composer
Paul Zonn Arranger
Nashville Mandolin Ensemble Arranger
Jon Randall Duet
A.L. Phipps Composer
Beth Kindig Art Direction
Rebecca Lynn Howard Duet
Traditional Composer
Deb Haus Art Direction, Artist Development
Vickie Russell Creative Producer
L.H. Redner Composer
Emory Gordy Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mike Robertson Management
Joseph Morh Composer
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