Yeah, yeah… it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But things move fast these days, and Donna Ulisse is out with a pair of original Christmas tracks to help you celebrate in bluegrass/acoustic style.
And we do mean move fast. These songs were written just a few weeks ago, and Donna has already seen them through recording, mixing and mastering, and made them available for digital distribution.
Both tracks, You Cannot Stay Here and You Will Be Delivered, recall the scriptural accounts of the conception and birth of Jesus. Most of us know the “no room at the inn” story, but perhaps less widely familiar outside of Christianity is what has been known since the early church as The Annunciation, central to the Christian faith, wherein the angel Gabriel visited Mary to inform her that the Son of God was living miraculously within her womb.
The first is a Ulisse composition cut with Keith Sewell on guitar and banjo, Viktor Krauss on bass, and Andy Leftwich on mandolin. Sewell and Donna’s husband Rick Stanley provide the harmonies.
You Cannot Stay Here: [http://traffic.libsyn.com/thegrasscast/you_cannot_stay.mp3]
The other was written by Donna and Marc Rossi, performed by the same ensemble.
You Will Be Delivered: [http://traffic.libsyn.com/thegrasscast/delivered.mp3]
These songs are available now on Airplay Direct for radio programmers, and CDs will be mailed next week to selected radio outlets. They are available for download sale now from the Donna Ulisse web site.
Donna is planning a full Christmas CD in 2012, and these two tracks will be included, but she just couldn’t wait until next year to let them out.