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Pinecastle Christmas Gathering

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Pinecastle Christmas Gathering Review

by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

There are many reasons -- good and bad -- to cut a holiday album. Luckily, the folks at Pinecastle took the high road and used the Christmas season as an excuse to show off its excellent roster of artists. Bluegrass notables -- Jesse McReynolds, Scott Vestal, and Charlie Waller -- rub elbows with newcomers -- Michelle Nixon, Sally Jones, and Whitehouse. As one might imagine, these country-flavored singers and pickers celebrate Christmas in the good old-fashioned way, recalling family, friends, and home cooking. David Parmley and Continental Divide sing of "Christmas in the Mountains," where Grandma bakes apple pies and the local church bells ring. In "When It's Christmas in Virginia," Michelle Nixon and Drive remind listeners how lonely the season can be when loved ones are far away. There's a heavy emphasis on religious fare, like Eddie and Martha Adcock's "One Starry Night," and Jim Hurst and Missy Raines' "Heaven's Light," and old standbys like Larry Stephenson's take on "Away in the Manger," and the Special Consensus' version of "Go Tell It on the Mountain." Pinecastle Christmas Gathering also allows the artists to deliver their own "merry Christmas" at the end of the album, adding a nice personal touch. Weary of the typical holiday fare that crowds the radio airwaves, bluegrass fans will rejoice at an hour's worth of fine performances that capture the splendor of the season.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jeff Autry / Wayne Benson / Aubrey Haynie / Rob Ickes / Mark Schatz / Scott Vestal 03:26 Amazon
2 Charlie Cushman / Harold Goad / Kathie Goad / Warren Goad / The Village Singers 03:42 Amazon
3 Jason Davis / Jim Green / Justen Haynes / Vernon Hughes / Michelle Nixon / Eddie Shifflett 03:46 Amazon
4 Jim Hurst / Missy Raines 03:45 Amazon
5 Kristin Scott Benson / Larry Stephenson 02:10 Amazon
6 Monte Hall / Becky Isaacs / Sonya Isaacs / Jesse McReynolds / Jimmy Melton / Weldon Myrick 03:16 Amazon
7 Ed Friedland / Peter McLaughlin / Ross Nickerson / Billy Parker / Ron Rutkowski 02:56 Amazon
8 Eddie Adcock / Darin Aldridge / Greg Corbett / Lester Deaton / Charlie Waller 03:10 Amazon
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Mike Anglin / Larry Atamanuik / Jimmy Bowen / David Parmley & Continental Divide / Aubrey Haynie / David Parmley / Scott Vestal 03:17 Amazon
10 Eddie Adcock / Martha Adcock 02:52 Amazon
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Missy Raines / Don Rigsby 02:27 Amazon
12 Kristin Scott Benson / Larry Stephenson 03:09 Amazon
13 Mike Andes / Mitchell Davis / Chris Sexton 03:23 Amazon
14 Luke Bulla / Irl Hees / Rob Ickes / Sally Jones 03:18 Amazon
15 Mike Anglin / Danny Barnes / Steve Day / Elmer C. Burchett, Jr. / David Parmley 02:33 Amazon
16 Greg Cahill / Jamie Clifton / Tim Dishman / James "Diamond" Williams 02:31 Amazon
17 Curt Chapman / Barry Crabtree / Robert Hale / Phil Leadbetter / Darrell Webb 04:19 Amazon
18 Whitehouse Connection / Charlie Cushman / David Parmley / Missy Raines / Larry Stephenson / Ben Surratt 02:47 Amazon
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00:16 Amazon
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00:19 Amazon
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00:19 Amazon
22
00:07 Amazon
23
00:07 Amazon
24
00:08 Amazon
25
00:12 Amazon
26
00:07 Amazon
27
00:08 Amazon
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