Our GrassCast interview with Rhonda Vincent earlier this week included some discussion of her upcoming Christmas CD, due in mid-October on Rounder. Some details about the project, Beautiful Star: A Christmas Collection, are now up on the Rounder web site.
No audio samples up yet, but there is a track listing and a pre-order option. The site indicates that pre-ordered CDs wil be shipped on October 17.
She mentioned during the GrassCast interview that the material was mostly comprised of traditional Christmas music, and included a recording of The Twelve Days Of Chrsitmas “like you have never heard before.” She suggested that this cut may set the record for the largest number of individual tracks on a bluegrass recording.
Rhonda also told us that she had cut a version of Mel Torme’s classic, The Christmas Song, long regarded as a particularly challenging song for any vocalist to tackle. It is a lovely melody, with a more jazzlike chord progression, and I’m sure that her take on this will be a memorable one.
Listen to the full 15 minute interview with Rhonda here.