A Rock By The Sea Christmas, Vol. 10 review…November 22, 2019….

VARIOUS ARTISTS

A ROCK BY THE SEA CHRISTMAS,VOL. 10

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY–FILM  LITTLE DRUMMER BOY–DAVID RYAN HARRIS  CHRISTMAS EVE CAN KILL YOU–BOOK CLUB  KISS A GIRL–STEVE EVERETT  THE CHRISTMAS SONG–KEVIN KINNEY  IT’S CHRISTMAS ONCE MORE–MARY KARLZEN  THE DREIDEL SONG–FIVE STAR IRIS  HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS–JD EICHER  TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS–SCOTT MUNNS  IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME–JENN BOSTIC  SNOW (FEAT. RYAN WRIGHT)–TODD WRIGHT  LET IT SNOW–FRANCISCO VIDAL  DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?–BESIDES DANIEL.

Next up in our reviews of holiday releases, is a collection that comes to us courtesy of the fine folks at Rock By The Sea.  They are a Florida non-profit that organizes festivals  and events with the purpose of raising funds to assist charities who provide direct services to those in need.  This is their tenth annual album dedicated to this project, and is entitled “A Rock By The Sea Christmas, Volume 10.”  It features traditional holiday tunes as well as holiday-themed originals performed by some of the brightest stars on the Americana scene today.

Highlights abound.  Clarinet adds a jazzy touch to Francisco Vidal’s take on “Let It Snow,” which climaxes on a rockin’ note!  Jenn Bostic offers up a gospel-fired “It’s Christmas Time,” while Book Club give a somber read of the Everly Brothers’ chestnut, “Christmas Eve Can Kill You.”

We chose three as favorites. Film’ “Merry Christmas Everybody”begs the musical question of Santa, “do the fairies keep him sober for one day?”  Scott Munns’ warm vocals are perfect for that “tender Tennessee Christmas, the only place to be!”  And, David Ryan Harris, longtime vocalist for John Mayer, gives a mighty bluesed-up version of “Little Drummer Boy!”

A Rock By The Sea does a great service in charity fundraising for those in need.  Volume Ten of their Christmas album is a perfect addition to your holiday festivities, as well as a perfect example of this season of giving!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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