Starry Starry Night
Bev Barnett and Greg Newlon are known for their beautiful vocal harmonies and driving guitar. Starry, Starry Night is a collection of original Christmas songs and contemporary arrangements of traditional carols. These songs celebrate the many moods of Christmas: the wonder of the traditional Christmas story, the compassion of remembering the less fortunate, the pure joy of singing about Christmas. Musically, this collection reflects the duo's eclectic style, from sweet folk to bluegrassy country, from smooth jazz instrumentals to bluesy R&B. 'Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon's Starry, Starry Night is an absolute wonder. The album contains both terrific takes on old standards, as well as hauntingly beautiful original songs. And if that wasn't enough, Ms. Barnett's voice borders on the angelic, with a purity reminiscent of Alison Krauss and Karen Carpenter. A must for anyone's Christmas music collection.' -- Art Polimeno, Program Director, ChristmasRadio.com Starry, Starry Night 'has a gentle, timeless feel. There are some traditional carols and a fine cover of Carol McComb's The Christmas Star. But the true joy is the duo's originals, including the beautiful 'If I Can't Sing with You This Christmas.' -- Mark Whittington, San Jose Mercury News 'For folk music junkies, this is heaven on earth, the mother lode... The music is acoustic, well-crafted, creative, homey, and stunningly delicious. Starry, Starry Night features 10 numbers, including two outstanding guitar instrumentals and four very exciting originals. The title cut presents the Christmas story; Bev's warm yet transparent vocal tones tell the tale, simply and beautifully. On 'Everybody's Singin' 'bout Christmas,' the mood is upbeat, feel-good, rockin' country. 'Forget About Me' is a cautionary tale about remembering those in need (with terrific a cappella harmonies near the end). All of these original numbers have true merit, but the star debutante is the remarkable 'If I Can't Sing with You This Christmas,' with compelling lyrics ('Sitting by the fire I got a chill when I heard you say/ you might not make it back by Christmas Day'), achingly lovely harmonies, and a memorable melody that will carry you away. Starry, Starry Night has just three well-known holiday tunes, and two of these are the instrumentals. All of the puzzle pieces fit incredibly well, forming a rewarding folk music landscape that is well worth a visit.' -- Carol Swanson, ChristmasReviews.com 'This album is heartfelt and would be good for even the scrooges on your shopping list. I was touched that Bev and Greg included my song, 'Christmas Star' in their collection of songs. Their version is lovely'. -- Carol McComb 'This Christmas CD manages to be refreshingly different and original, while still evoking that timeless classic feel we want from music at Christmastime. Bev and Greg have an honest, unpretentious delivery that makes them a delight to listen to. Starry, Starry Night will be a welcome addition to any Christmas collection.' -- Jackie Loken, KKUP Radio Folk/Country/Bluegrass DJ.
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