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• “GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN”
Country’s most famous trio has a new CD, Nothing Like This, hitting stores Nov. 16. But this harmony-driven carol is from their 2009 holiday EP, Unwrapped.
DAILEY & VINCENT
• “BEAUTIFUL STAR OF BETHLEHEM”
The award-winning bluegrass duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent had a plan for covering this Christmas classic: “Less is more. Keep it really simple,” says Dailey. “We had two vocals and two instruments, a mandolin and a guitar.”
• “O HOLY NIGHT”
The singer blended Nat King Cole (“I listened to his version 4,000 times”) and Merle Haggard (“I was hearing him singing it in my head”) for his rendition of the classic carol.
THE INDIGO GIRLS
• “YOUR HOLIDAY SONG”
“It’s a toe tapper with pop-country elements and a message of hope, peace and unity for all faiths,” says the duo’s Emily Saliers of this song off their new bluegrass-flavored holiday CD, Holly Happy Days.
• “AWAY IN A MANGER”
The tune, from the CD Brad Paisley Christmas, has “a big double fiddle intro, and it makes it like a bluegrass waltz,” says Paisley, who counts holiday songs “as some of my favorite music.”
POINT OF GRACE
• “LITTLE DRUMMER BOY”
The contemporary Christian trio went for a “live, acoustic-driven feel” for this carol from their new holiday CD (their fourth!), Home for the Holidays.
• “DECK THE HALLS”
The carol, from his instrumental CD Guitar Christmas, doesn’t need words “to set the holiday mood,” says the Grammy-winning guitarist.
• “CAMOUFLAGE AND CHRISTMAS LIGHTS”
The comic/singer offers a tribute to soldiers “longing for home during Christmas and serving a purpose much greater than themselves.”
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