O Christmas Tree!: A Bluegrass Collection for the Holidays

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Sooner or later, every artist in every genre comes to a crossroads: to record or not to record holiday songs, that is the question. It might be easy to argue, from a critic's point of view, that the world doesn't really need another version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" or "Winter Wonderland." But what about bluegrass versions of these songs by Lynn Morris and the Shankman Twins? Certainly Ron Stewart's take on "Silver Bells," backed by fiddle and acoustic guitar, brings something new to this perennial favorite, and it's doubtful that there's ever been a spunkier version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" than the one banjoist Tony Trischka lays down. The truth is, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Sooner or later, every artist in every genre comes to a crossroads: to record or not to record holiday songs, that is the question. It might be easy to argue, from a critic's point of view, that the world doesn't really need another version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" or "Winter Wonderland." But what about bluegrass versions of these songs by Lynn Morris and the Shankman Twins? Certainly Ron Stewart's take on "Silver Bells," backed by fiddle and acoustic guitar, brings something new to this perennial favorite, and it's doubtful that there's ever been a spunkier version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" than the one banjoist Tony Trischka lays down. The truth is, it's fun to hear these overly familiar songs get a fresh makeover. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver's a cappella medley of "The First Noel/It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/Joy to the World" captures the simple beauty of these solemn carols, while Open Road's tradition-fueled "Blue Christmas" would have made Bill Monroe smile. O Christmas Tree also collects a few less familiar pieces at least to city folks like "Christmas Is Near," "Smoky Mountain Christmas," and "Call Collect on Christmas." With 18 songs/instrumentals and nearly an hour of music, this compilation will make a fine addition to one's holiday music collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661051324
  • Catalog Number: 610513
  • Sales rank: 352,629

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Christmas Time's A-Coming - Rhonda Vincent (2:29)
  2. 2 Christmas Is Near @@Open Road (2:32)
  3. 3 Winter Wonderland @@Shankman Twins (3:07)
  4. 4 The Friendly Beasts - The Johnson Mountain Boys (2:07)
  5. 5 Beautiful Star of Bethlehem - Alecia Nugent (4:49)
  6. 6 Silver Bells - Ron Stewart (4:08)
  7. 7 Smoky Mountain Christmas - Jeannie Kendall (2:51)
  8. 8 Blue Christmas @@Open Road (2:42)
  9. 9 Go Tell It on the Mountain - The Cox Family (2:56)
  10. 10 My Little Silver Bells - Delia Bell (3:01)
  11. 11 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Lynn Morris (2:48)
  12. 12 Precious Child - Dudley Connell (3:35)
  13. 13 Here Comes Santa Claus @@Shankman Twins (3:00)
  14. 14 Call Collect on Christmas @@King, James Band (4:05)
  15. 15 O Christmas Tree - Rhonda Vincent (3:01)
  16. 16 O Come All Ye Faithful - Tony Trischka (2:31)
  17. 17 The First Noel/It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/Joy to the World - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (3:01)
  18. 18 Auld Lang Syne - Bill Keith (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Grier Guitar
Doyle Lawson Vocals
Tony Rice Guitar
Tony Trischka Banjo
Rhonda Vincent Mandolin, Vocals
Bill Keith Banjo
James King Vocals
Jim Rooney Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tom Adams Banjo
Bill Grant Vocals
Delia Bell Tenor (Vocal)
Lynn Morris Rhythm Guitar
Warren Blair Fiddle
Ron Block Guitar
John Bowman Tenor (Vocal)
Bob Britt Fiddle
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Dudley Connell Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Kenny Kosek Fiddle
Sidney Cox Bass, Dobro, Fiddle, Guitar, Bowed Bass, Vocal Harmony
Suzanne Cox Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin, Soloist
Shelton Feazell Bass (Vocal)
Tom Gray Bass
Tim Green Bass
David Grisman Mandolin
Rob Ickes Dobro
Carl Jackson Guitar, Tenor (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Kenny Malone Percussion
David McLaughlin Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, sleigh bells
Jim Mills Baritone (Vocal)
Jason Moore Bass
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Eddie Stubbs Fiddle
Richard Underwood Banjolin
Scott Vestal Banjo
Marshall Wilborn Bass, Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie Mandolin
Wayne Benson Mandolin
Larry Robbins Bass
Darrin Vincent Acoustic Bass, Vocal Harmony
Eric Thorin Bass
Jeannie Kendall Vocals
Cody Kilby Guitar
Jimmy Haynes Rhythm Guitar
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Adam Poindexter Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Jim VanCleve Fiddle
Ron Stewart Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals, Multi Instruments
Deanna Cox Vocal Harmony
Carol Jones Baritone (Vocal)
Jamie Dailey Vocal Harmony
Michael Alden Bass
Alecia Nugent Vocals
Jim Runnels Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Bradford Lee Folk Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
The Johnson Mountain Boys Producer
Doyle Lawson Producer
Rhonda Vincent Producer
Gene Autry Composer
Bill Keith Producer
Lynn Morris Producer
Richard Adler Producer, Engineer
Felix Bernard Composer
Scott Billington Art Direction
Sidney Cox Producer
Suzanne Cox Producer
Ray Evans Composer
Ronnie Freeland Producer, Engineer
Ken Irwin Producer
Carl Jackson Producer
Ronnie Light Engineer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
David McLaughlin Engineer
Toby Mountain Mastering
John Nagy Remixing
Rick Olivier Photo Illustration
Jim Robeson Engineer
Dick Smith Composer
Mark Bright Producer
Steve Chandler Engineer
Jimmy Edmonds Engineer
Frederick Oakeley Composer
John Francis Wade Composer
Brien Fisher Producer
Ron Stewart Engineer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Eric Bickel Engineer
Traditional Composer
John W. Work II Composer
Oakley Haldeman Composer
Colin Bricker Engineer
Robert Burns Composer
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