Bluegrass and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas

Bluegrass and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas

by Patty LovelessPatty Loveless
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2010
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886977037726
catalogNumber: 770377

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
Emory Gordy   Bass,Guitar
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
David Shupe   Mandola

Technical Credits

Patty Loveless   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Emory Gordy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
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
Lewis Redner   Composer
Mike Robertson   Management
Joseph Morh   Composer

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