Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy

by John Cowan
     
 

John Cowan can flat out sing, so the fact that he's made a superior Christmas album should not come as a surprise. The only surprise is how well his mandolin/fiddle-heavy bluegrass format fit these seasonal songs. Comfort and Joy is a mixture of familiar classics like "Silent Night," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "The Christmas Song," with a fewSee more details below

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John Cowan can flat out sing, so the fact that he's made a superior Christmas album should not come as a surprise. The only surprise is how well his mandolin/fiddle-heavy bluegrass format fit these seasonal songs. Comfort and Joy is a mixture of familiar classics like "Silent Night," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "The Christmas Song," with a few lesser-known tunes, such as Smokey Robinson's "Everyday Christmas," and an original song, "Little Match Girl," which was written by Cowan's step-daughter, Jenny Anne Mannan, who also sings harmony on the track. Twice Cowan brings the tempo down, allowing his vocals to take center stage on "O Holy Night" and "Ave Maria." The latter demonstrates a stunning display of range and vocal prowess that most classically trained singers would kill for. He also brings in several guest vocalists: Mike Farris, Bonnie Bramlett -- of Delaney & Bonnie fame -- and her daughter, Bekka Bramlett, for rousing renditions of "Let's Make a Baby King" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain." While Christmas albums are somewhat gimmicky by nature and the genre is flooded with forgettable efforts, Comfort and Joy is not one of them. It is a strong album from start to finish. ~ Chris Berggren

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2009
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923475927
catalogNumber:
4759

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Cowan   Primary Artist,Electric Bass,Vocals
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bekka Bramlett   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Charlie Chadwick   Acoustic Bass
Jim Hoke   Autoharp
Kenny Malone   Percussion
John Mock   Acoustic Guitar,Penny Whistle
Walter Carter   Mandola,Mandocello
Matt Flinner   Mandolin
Jeff Autry   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Britt   Electric Guitar
Mike Farris   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Shad Cobb   Violin,Background Vocals
Jenny Anne Mannan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Frazier   Mandolin,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Andy Byrd   Composer
Keith Case   Booking
John Cowan   Arranger,Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Kurt Storey   Engineer,Mastering
Walter Carter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ed Rode   Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer
Jenny Anne Mannan   Composer
Johnny C   Liner Notes

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