Family Christmas Volume 2 opens with “Winter Dress” from Justin Wade Tam’s outfit Humming House. This bouncy, bluegrass-flavored tune overflows with guitars, ukelele and beautiful harmonies. It’s a really fun song and an interesting take on the personification of Winter. For more eggnog-swilling, upbeat numbers, Family Christmas Volume 2 also features “Away In A Manger” from Carolina Story, “I’m Coming Home” from Robert Kelly and a Sufjan-inspired “Once In Royal David’s City” from The Vespers. If you’re looking for a little cozier vibe to snuggle up with, check out the slow burn blues of “Ain’t No Christmas Blues” from Jeffrey James or the gorgeous piano-cello duet of “Home” from Marie Hines. However, if mistletoe is the last thing on your mind right now, Emily DeLoach’s fantastic “If I Can’t Have You” is one of the best holiday “missing you” songs this side of “Blue Christmas.” This wistful, acoustic folk song is backed with some sparse piano and some of the saddest sounding “fa la la’s” you’ll ever hear. On an album of great songs, this one and Robert Kelly’s “I’m Coming Home” are definitely the standouts for me. Also sprinkled throughout the album are a super calming “Silent Night” from The CO, a surprisingly emotional “Jingle Bells” from Andrew Ripp and album closer “O Holy Night” from Jessica Breanne & The Electric Hearts. This organ-fueled, vintage R&B throwback features Jessica doing her best Janis Joplin and The Electric Hearts channeling Booker T. and The M.G.’s to stunning results. With a $10 price for the physical CD (only $5.99 digital), not only are you getting more than your money’s worth for Family Christmas Volume 2, but you’re also helping to support the awesome work that Music City Unsigned does for independent artists and musicians. It’s a great album, for a great price, representing a great collective and it’s definitely worth your time and money to pick it up.
You can order physical or digital copies of Family Christmas Volume 2 or a combo pack that includes Family Christmas Volume One directly from Music City Unsigned HERE.
"If I Can't Have You" - Emily DeLoach
"I'm Coming Home" - Robert Kelly