Very Merry Christmas

Very Merry Christmas

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by Dave Barnes
     
 

Released half a year after What We Want, What We Get, this holiday album finds Dave Barnes casually occupying the intersection between pop, adult contemporary, acoustic folk, and Christian music. Barnes' Southern roots are on full display here; each song plays up the soulful swagger of his voice, and he keeps theSee more details below

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Released half a year after What We Want, What We Get, this holiday album finds Dave Barnes casually occupying the intersection between pop, adult contemporary, acoustic folk, and Christian music. Barnes' Southern roots are on full display here; each song plays up the soulful swagger of his voice, and he keeps the arrangements relatively sparse, relying on a mix of acoustic guitar, brushed percussion, and Hammond organ that conjures up images of after-hours jazz clubs. Thad Cockrell, another Deep South songwriter with ties to the CCM scene, makes an appearance on "Mary & Joseph," and Barnes fills the title track with gospel harmonies courtesy of Tennessee friends Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders, and Scat Springs. The highlight, though, is his duet with Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott on "Christmas Tonight," a Barnes original that takes its cues from the Frank Loesser standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Some perfectly fine covers are tossed into the mix, too, including Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," but Very Merry Christmas functions best as a showcase for Barnes' songwriting and singing, both of which are in fine form throughout.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018311625
catalogNumber:
83116

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Barnes   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Hungate   Bass
Shannon Sanders   Vocals
Thad Cockrell   Vocals
Tony Lucido   Bass
Hillary Scott   Vocals
Ben Shive   Keyboards
Kimberly Mont   Vocals
Paul Mabury   Drums
Brandon Heath   Vocals
Drew Ramsey   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Justin Saunders   Cello
Scat Springs   Vocals

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Harry Connick   Composer
Drew Lavyne   Mastering
Dave Barnes   Composer,Producer
Gannon   Composer
Drew Ramsey   Vocal Producer
Shane Wilson   Engineer
Lagerberg   Composer
Chris Detray   Executive Producer

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