At Home For Christmas IV – Various Artists

At Home For Christmas IV
This is the fourth of annual projects produced by Myrtle Beach’s Harry Grillo, bringing together numerous musicians to create wonderful holiday music to help benefit Project Meet Me Half Way. There is a feast of excellent music here including both timeless holiday favorites and original compositions. The CD kicks off with a toe-tapping folksy rock version of “Joy To The World” by Atlanta area singer-songwriter Reid Stevens. “Carol of the Bells” is giving a subtle prog rock touch by renowned studio drummer Scotty Kormos. Delectable finger-picking highlights the instrumental version of “Jingle Bells” performed by NS-stick expert Don Schiff. The original compositions include the troubadour-esque minimalist ballad “Hurry On Home For Christmas” by Darren “Dew Train” Camp from the Grateful Dead tribute band Sunshine Daydream. Ella May Kay channels the grand ole dames of country with her shuffling ditty “Green Felt Christmas Tree.” California’s Broadway Posse lends a humorous touch with the jazz-hip-hop hybrid “Pimp Daddy Santa.” Harry Grillo himself contributes a touching, emotive version of “Away In A Manger.” There are so many good songs here that can’t really mention them all, but the talent and passion that went into them are obvious and there is enough variance in musical styles to hold anyone’s interest. This is another great collection of tunes you will want to spin for holidays to come, and, remember, it is also for a good cause. – MW

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