Very Merry Christmas - (Import CD)
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- Contemporary R&B
- Mono / Stereo
- Dave Barnes; Brown Bannister
- Very Merry Christmas *
Personnel: Dave Barnes (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Drew Ramsey (electric guitar); Justin Saunders (cello); Ben Shive (keyboards); Paul Mabury (drums); Eric Darken (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Shane Wilson.
Recording information: Pentavarit; The Brown Owl; Vibe 56.
Editor: Erin Kaus.
Photographer: Micah Kandros.
Released half a year after What We Want, What We Get, this holiday album finds Dave Barnes casually occupying the intersection between pop, adult contemporary, acoustic folk, and Christian music. Barnes' Southern roots are on full display here; each song plays up the soulful swagger of his voice, and he keeps the arrangements relatively sparse, relying on a mix of acoustic guitar, brushed percussion, and Hammond organ that conjures up images of after-hours jazz clubs. Thad Cockrell, another Deep South songwriter with ties to the CCM scene, makes an appearance on "Mary & Joseph," and Barnes fills the title track with gospel harmonies courtesy of Tennessee friends Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders, and Scat Springs. The highlight, though, is his duet with Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott on "Christmas Tonight," a Barnes original that takes its cues from the Frank Loesser standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Some perfectly fine covers are tossed into the mix, too, including Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," but Very Merry Christmas functions best as a showcase for Barnes' songwriting and singing, both of which are in fine form throughout. ~ Andrew Leahey
- Razor & Tie
- Studio / Live
- Dave Barnes
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Very Merry Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Christmas Tonight
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] All I Want for Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Meet Me at the Mistletoe
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I'll Be Home for Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Pray on Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Family Tree
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Holiday Made for Two
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Christmas Song, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Mary & Joseph
- Sony Music Entertainment
- 35m 24s
- Video Disabled
- Shane Wilson
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