Originally released in 2010 Kimmie Rhodes seasonal album Miracles on Christmas Day gets a re-release this year so if it passed you by in the mayhem that surrounds the build-up to the festive season last time around then you’ll be wanting to get hold of a copy this year as it’s offers up a perfect musical back drop for for those quieter moments of reflection and relaxation that one hopes for over the festive period.
The back story to the album involves fellow Texan and living legend Willie Nelson – inspired whilst watching Nelson open multiple packages all containing platinum records of the great man’s Pretty Paper Kimmie promised to write a ‘holiday’ song every year as a gift to her friends worldwide – Miracles on Christmas Day gathers together these songs which were recorded at the Sunbird Recording Studios in Austin (where a little Christmas miracle occurred).
Adorned by nine original tracks, beautifully sung and played – you get sleigh bells and glockenspiel too, there is however enough originality in the recordings to escape the pitfall of the festive pastiche and the album serves up some sweet alternative tunes for the festive period that are more than strong enough to stand on their own but when bolstered by three takes on classics, What Child Is This? is played to backdrop of the traditional English folk song Greensleeves (it works very well indeed as one of the albums highlights), a version of Carol of the Bells and a cover of Patty Griffin’s Mary it makes for a wonderful collection.
If you’ve any last minute presents to buy for the discerning music fan you’d do well to check our Kimmie’s album Dreams of Flying released earlier this year.