Hushabye Baby

Hushabye Baby, Vol. 4: Lullaby Renditions of Country Music Favorites

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The second and third volumes of CMH Records' four-CD series Hushabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Country Music Favorites featured studio groups creating arrangements that mixed bluegrass instruments with kid-friendly keyboard sounds from celeste and toy piano. The fourth volume is more like the first in that a single performer is credited, Dennis Caplinger, although here Sharon Whyte is playing those keyboards along with him. Caplinger usually overdubs himself playing a couple of acoustic instruments including guitar, banjo, and fiddle, alternating playing the melodies with Whyte. Thus, this volume, like the first, is closer to the lullaby concept of the series. Gradually, the songs selected for reinterpretation have moved backward in time, and this set consists entirely of country oldies, dating as far back as the '50s. The songs are country classics that most fans will recognize, but this may be the volume to break out when the grandparents (if not great-grandparents) are babysitting; it's more their speed.

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