Rhonda’s Christmas in October

Christmas Time - Rhonda VincentRhonda Vincent had a dream to see her own realization of a bluegrass/country 12 Days Of Christmas, which she realized in the studio this year. She’s assembled a roster of country music royalty to perform with her on a new album, Christmas Time, set for release October 30 on her Upper Management Music label.

Joining Rhonda on this set of Christmas favorites, and new holiday songs from Vincent herself, are The Oak Ridge Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Gene Watson, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Jeannie Seely, Larry Gatlin, and EmiSunshine.

The vocalists are supported by Rhonda’s touring group, The Rage, along with Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Sierra Hull on mandolin, Mike Johnson on steel, and Michael Rojas on keys. Flatt Lonesome also joins her singing harmony vocals.

The pièce de résistance is the all-star version of the ever-popular Twelve Days, which Vincent says took more time than anything else.

“It was a dream of mine to create this celebrity version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. As I started sharing my vision with family and friends, my bandmate Mickey Harris, began sharing his ideas, relating the line to specific artists. When I told him I had invited Dolly, he suggested she sing the line ‘Eight Maids A Milking.’ It was then I set to work to match artists with specific lines, and taking on the task of contacting each artist. Dolly was the first to respond, and the first to record. From there, it became a chaotic coordination of schedules, and a victory celebration with the completion of each artist’s contribution. I appreciate every artist that joined me in making this incredible dream come true!”

Track listing follows:

  1. Dreaming of Christmas (Rhonda Vincent original)
  2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  3. Twelve Days of Christmas (Featuring The Oak Ridge Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Gene Watson, Larry Gatlin, Jeannie Seely, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, and EmiSunshine)
  4. Angels We Have Heard On High
  5. Milk & Cookies  (Rhonda Vincent original)
  6. Christmas Time (Rhonda Vincent original)
  7. Christmas Time At Home (Rhonda Vincent original)
  8. Away In A Manger
  9. Jingle Bells
  10. Silent Night
  11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  12. Christmas Medley (What Child Is This, We Three Kings, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, O Holy Night, Hark The Herald Angles Sing)

Pre-orders are available now from Rhonda’s web site.

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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.