Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland

Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland



Soul and bluegrass may seem like strange bedfellows, but they seem to get along just fine on this holiday collection from the venerable roots music label Rounder Records. Home for Christmas collects 12 yuletide tunes by as many artists from Rounder's back catalog, and most tracks either feature R&B greats bringing the funk to classic songs of the season, or bluegrass notables taking a more subdued approach with similar material. Wilson Pickett lends his feral growl to "Jingle Bells," Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) informs us that "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," the Persuasions serve up some tasty a cappella harmonies on "You're All I Want for Christmas," and the great Irma Thomas sings "Oh Holy Night" with the fervor of a true believer. Elsewhere, Rhonda Vincent contributes a sweet, down-home "Let It Snow," Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver bring some excellent country gospel harmonies to a medley of Christmas spirituals, and Deana Carter adds just a touch of jazzy swing to "The Christmas Song." Of course, not everyone here fits this formula; Roomful of Blues give "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" a swinging horn-fueled arrangement, Leon Redbone sings "Blue Christmas" as only he can, Riders in the Sky celebrate the holiday Western style with "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and Charles Brown's recut of "Please Come Home for Christmas" is holiday blues at its best. Home for Christmas may dote upon bluegrass and soul, but it offers a bit of something for everyone, and that's hardly a bad thing, especially with this much good music on board.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2007
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661327023
catalogNumber: 613270

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Doyle Lawson   Producer
Rhonda Vincent   Producer
Leon Redbone   Producer
Irma Thomas   Producer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Sammy Berfect   Arranger
Scott Billington   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Doug Epstein   Engineer
David Farrell   Engineer
Phil Greene   Engineer
Beryl Handler   Producer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jerry Lawson   Producer
Samuel Lehmer   Engineer
Ron Levy   Producer
Jack Malken   Producer,Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Joey Miskulin   Producer,Engineer
Scott Noll   Engineer
Carl Querfurth   Producer
Brent Truitt   Engineer
Robert Wells   Composer
Chris Rival   Producer,Engineer
Darrin Vincent   Producer
Deana Carter   Producer,Engineer
Fred Carter   Producer,Engineer
Jimmy Edmonds   Engineer
Ralph Blaine   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mike Lattrell   Engineer
Hadley Hooper   Illustrations
Bernard Smith & Jokers Wild   Composer

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