Charlie Unwraps Christmas Package

Charlie Daniels previewed his latest project, a CD/DVD package titled Joy to the World: A Bluegrass Christmas, for members of the media at the BMI building in Nashville, Nov. 17.

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The two-disc CD features Christmas standards and original songs and includes guest performances by Kathy Mattea on “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Jewel on “Blue Christmas,” Aaron Tippin on “Christmas Time Down South” and others. The set also includes a bonus DVD, A Twin Pines Christmas, with live performances as well as commentary and interviews with Charlie and several of the guest artists. Charlie told the media that some of the songs he chose for the project would not generally be thought of as candidates for bluegrass versions. “One of those was ‘The Christmas Song.’ That’s an all-time favorite of mine,” said Charlie. That selection features a guest performance by bluegrass star Dan Tyminski, who was suggested by a member of Charlie’s staff. “It was the first time that I had ever worked with Dan and I made a new friend,” Charlie added. Joy to the World: A Bluegrass Christmas is available now through charliedaniels.com and other outlets.

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