Good News

Good News

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by Kathy Mattea
     
 

Kathy Mattea's album for the Christmas season is unlike any country Christmas record ever released. For starters, she and producer Brent Maher commissioned original songs rather than taking them from the canon, or adapted obscure songs from the ages. Secondly, the band was formed around what served each song to make it feel as organic as possible. Strange instruments… See more details below

Overview

Kathy Mattea's album for the Christmas season is unlike any country Christmas record ever released. For starters, she and producer Brent Maher commissioned original songs rather than taking them from the canon, or adapted obscure songs from the ages. Secondly, the band was formed around what served each song to make it feel as organic as possible. Strange instruments appear, such as the marimbas on "New Kid in Town," recorders and a high string guitar and recorders on "Christ Child Lullaby" (courtesy of Dougie MacLean and Jim Horn), and a full choir on the closing title track. This doesn't feel like any Christmas record you've ever heard before, either. It sounds like a well-crafted, gorgeously wrought folk/country/Celtic-flavored Kathy Mattea record. Give a listen to any of the above, or especially the haunted traditional song "Brightest and Best," completely reworked by Mattea and Maher. The guitars caress the open space between themselves and Mattea's voice, as the pipes and recorders float within. Likewise, listen to "Mary Did You Know," which is one of the most stunningly beautiful Christian folk songs written in decades (by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene). But then, while songs can be many things, they cannot be given life without a singer, and on Good News, in Mattea's instrument, the grains of truth add up to something incalculable: high art.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2000
Label:
Mercury Nashville
UPC:
0731451805929
catalogNumber:
518059

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathy Mattea   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dougie MacLean   Guitar,Vocals
Donna McElroy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
Gary Burr   Background Vocals
Phoebe Binkley   Choir, Chorus
Robert Binkley   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rebecca Blackwell   Choir, Chorus
Lori Brooks   Choir, Chorus
Diane Foust   Choir, Chorus
Vicki Hampton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Recorder
Chris Leuzinger   Electric Guitar
Kenny Malone   Drums
Randy McCormick   Piano,Keyboards
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Marimbas
Gordon Mote   Choir, Chorus
Kimberly Mote   Choir, Chorus
Duncan Mullins   Bass
Marcus Rowe   Choir, Chorus
Catherine Styron   Piano
George Teren   Choir, Chorus
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Jonathan Yeaworth   Choir, Chorus
Bob Burns   Bass
John Thompson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Robert Binkley   Director
Brent Maher   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Claude "Curly" Putman   Composer

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