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Flat River Band Stands Out On “Christmas Time”

The holiday season is sacred to many for the overwhelming love and time shared between family. There are no better gifts Flat River Band could deliver than the tracks that land on their latest seasonal album “Christmas Time.” The trio themselves are brothers who have seen great success in the country music scene, which has thus far included feature film placements and number one hits on the bluegrass gospel charts. Their last album, “Every Dog Has Its Day,” was received well critically, and has allowed them time to work on this passion project for the fans. With most of the classic covers the band performs, they let the music speak for itself and opt not to sing on the record. For example, “Away In a Manger” has morphed into a bluegrass banjo ballad that has given the Christmas spirit of the song some southern twang. “Jingle Bells” now has a distinct upbeat tempo to it and feels like it could be played anywhere from a winter barbecue to a roadside bar. When the band does opt to stretch their vocal cords, the results are also superb. On a track like “I Heard the Angels Sing (Welcome Home),” the band slows the record down and sings with a heartfelt delivery only a band of brothers could deliver. All in all, the album has some standout moments and perfectly adapts these Christmas classics to bluegrass ballads!

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