Excellent bluegrass collection
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 10/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pinecastle is a small independent label that has been the source of some great bluegrass and this Christmas collection showcases some of the artists signed to the label in the mid-nineties.Foxfire get the collection off to a fine start with their adaptation of Twelve days of Christmas. The lyrics are made relevant to bluegrass - five banjo strings replacing five golden rings, for example. Next comes David Crow with a cover of Santa looked a lot like Daddy, a Buck Owens classic that also appeared on Alan Jackson's first Christmas album. Wild and blue, a brilliant female duo, contribute two tracks. Their versions of Winter wonderland and First Noel are, of course, excellent. Bob and Dana Kogut perform beautiful star of Bethlehem, with Dana singing. The South ocean string band are represented by two very different tracks - a female vocalist sings What child is this but Our special guest is a narration spoken by a man.This is an interesting collection of Christmas music that should appeal to bluegrass fans everywhere."