Every family has its favorite holiday music, songs that evoke the spirit of the season year after year. Over time, these albums become treasured friends, bringing with them memories of frosty nights, crackling fires, and festive celebrations with loved ones. They become, in short, a tradition.
And every once in a long while, a new holiday album comes along, one that perfectly captures the Christmas spirit while bringing something fresh and exciting to classic holiday tunes. Favored Nations, home to the world's most dynamic and innovative guitarists, has put together such an album. "Acoustic Christmas," a stunning collection of ten songs by some of your favorite guitar players, is a perfect addition to any holiday music collection, and one that's sure to play a part in holiday memories for years to come.
From the very opening strains of Andy Timmon's gorgeous samba-tinged "Greensleeves," you know you've found a real treasure. Every artist here brings a new sound, a new interpretation of the classics. Adrian Legg puts his unique slack-key signature on "Jingle Bells," while "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" takes a funky turn with Greg Koch. From the Dillengers' rave-up version of "Run Rudolph Run," to Mimi Fox's sumptuous jazz sketch of "Winter Wonderland," "Acoustic Christmas" is as diverse as it is consistently beautiful. There are even some new, soon-to-be-classics, like the magnificent choral arrangement of Peppino D'Agostino's "We Pray Sanctus," Pete Huttlinger's smooth acoustic piece, "The 25th Day," and the ethereal "Fodere L'Astronome" by French guitarist Pierre Bensusan.
With timeless music from the best guitarists around, there's something for everyone, young and old. This year, start a brand new musical tradition with Favored Nations' "Acoustic Christmas."
Reviews"Favored Nations' Acoustic Christmas is a delightful potpourri of guitar excellence. Anyone who adores a great guitar riff with embrace this album with enthusiasm. Enjoy!" - Carol Swanson, Christmasreviews.com