Balsam Range — It’s Christmas Time
The idea of buying Christmas music in October may seem, in the abstract, to be unthinkable. But when you get right down to it, good Christmas music can also make one’s desire for the holidays increase. Put on a classic album and I’ll bet you start longing for TV holiday specials, getting those ornaments out of storage, spending time with family and friends, and singing along in church.
Be willing to take an early, soft entry into the inevitable season. Fear not — Balsam Range has a collection that will ease you into things with grace and joy. The songs are appealing in every way. They are performed with heart, each one as a shared moment, sometimes with an underplayed quality that just reels you in closer. The harmonies they create will have you singing along and wishing you knew how to fiddle. The EP features the award-winning band along with the Nashville Recording Orchestra as an integral part of the band’s warm, acoustic sound. The disc has an inviting, shimmering quality that is captured perfectly in the colored pencil drawing cover art, entitled Cold Mountain, by Teresa Pennington.
There’s a majesty in the pure and simple. There’s a nobleness in the traditional. North Carolina bluegrass group Balsam Range capture it well in their first holiday release, It’s Christmas Time.
The First Noel
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
I’m Going Home, It’s Christmas Time
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jingle Bells (instrumental)
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