A Bracing Christmas Wind

In Horns For the Holidays, the superb Dallas Wind Symphony not only celebrates the Christmas music tradition but also exemplifies the best of the wind ensemble genre, with its unique sonorities and long tradition of both origin...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Joy To The World

A wonderful and heartwarming thing happened when the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band showed up at the University of Mary Washington to play a program of evocative, sometimes poignant, sometimes haunting seasonal tunes, new ...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Lovely and Unusual

This cozy, gentle, and varied collection of Christmas music from Hereford Cathedral is broken into three sections: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. The music ranges from the 14th-century Resonemus laudibus, to a work by John T...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Christmas Picks 2012

TheBluegrassSpecial.com/Deep Roots Christmas Picks for 2012 include new seasonal outpourings from DONNA ULISSE, EDIE ADAMS, DALLAS WIND SYMPHONY, HEY ROSETTA, THE JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND, DEATH MIGHT BE YOUR SANTA C...
by David McGee
 

 

 

At The Summit

Recorded live at the historic Bell Theater in Pineville, Kentucky, CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN WAY is a bluegrass celebration of the Yuletide's true meaning, with a first-rate lineup of traditional bluegrass artists in peak form. Ma...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Informal, Intimate and Memorable: Edie Adams Celebrates the Season

Pieced together from audio clips Edie Adams paid a transcription service to record so she could tweak her performances on The Ernie Kovacs Show, The Edie Adams Christmas Album is informal, intimate and memorable--a raft of char...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Blues In All Flavors

British bluesman Ian Siegal returns to North Mississippi's Zebra Ranch Studio, where he is joined by Cody and Luther Dickinson and proceeds to top his 2011 gem, The Skinny, with some new, profound, gutbucket hill country blues.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Off the Beaten Path, As Usual

Exploring America’s blue highways and coming back with songs that have and will endure, some ever-present in our collective memory, some orphaned by time but always primed for adoption by loving practitioners such as these.
by David McGee
 

 

 

With Purpose and Passion

"We were just raising some funds for this amazing junior high school on two Sunday afternoons with the student body and teachers also in attendance,” Darrell Scott writes in the liner copy. It may indeed have been as casual a...
by David McGee
 

 
 

From a Master, A Master Class in Blues

There was a missing link in Louisiana Red’s recording odyssey, and it has been revealed on a new release from Labor Records, When My Mama Was Living, recorded in the early '70s in upstate New York and now seeing the light of ...
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Truth of the Blues, Simple and Direct

Two veterans aging gracefully in the blues field get together with their voices, their instruments and a general aim to honor the late, great piano master Pinetop Perkins, and proceed to make a thoroughly delightful album of ea...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Life And Life Only

A little bit Montgomery Gentry, a little bit Trace Adkins, but ultimately only themselves, the fellows who comprise the hard hitting country band LiveWire come on strong in their debut album, Livin'.
by David McGee