Chosen Road - Appalachian Christmas
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Appalachian Christmas (Self-released, 2022)

Chosen Road

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

Chosen Road, a four-piece bluegrass act, combines Appalachian instrumentation with an evangelical fervor. However, with "Appalachian Christmas," these musicians have created a holiday album packed with bluegrass versions of traditional and relatively new holiday songs. For instance, "Joy To The World" is a toe-tapping carol, complete with lots of fiddle and banjo filling out its instrumentation. It exemplifies the album's aim of making Christmas sound especially Appalachian.

The full-length features multiple guest performers, including CCM artists Point of Grace on "Labor of Love" and Allan Hall (of Selah) singing on "Light of the Stable." While "Who Do You Think," which features Jimmy Fortune, looks at Jesus' mother from a contemporary point of view, traditional songs are incorporated with "Oh Holy Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Away In A Manger." While most of these inclusions are spiritual in nature, one exception is the sharply picked and strummed "Sleigh Ride," which is also an instrumental.

This is music specifically with bluegrass traditionalists in mind. Those that may want to imagine themselves celebrating the holiday season in the Appalachian Mountains, may want to pick this one up and play it loud.

CDs by Chosen Road

Appalachian Christmas, 2022

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