It Came Upon A Midnight Clear from Clay Hess

Pinecastle Records has created static image videos for several of the tracks on their 2018 holiday release, A Very Acoustic Christmas.

The album includes contributions from a number of the label’s artists, like Dale Ann Bradley, Tina Adair, Flashback, Merle Monroe, and Ray Cardwell. Each selected either a tried-and-true holiday classic, or a new Christmas song to record for the album.

Here we highlight one of two Clay Hess tracks, his arrangement of the 19th century American carol, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. Hess plays guitar and bass, and sings all four vocal parts, assisted by Tim Crouch on strings. They give it a distinctly bluegrass treatment, without sacrificing the integrity of the song, a favorite of music lovers in the US and Canada.

Nicely done.

You can hear other pieces from the album at the Pinecastle YouTube channel, or on bandcamp.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.