Sugarland released their Gold and Green holiday CD on Oct. 6. I just got my copy yesterday. Since Christmas is still six weeks away, and I ‘m sure not everyone is done their holiday shopping – be it for someone else or for themselves – I wanted to tell you a little about this CD.
The CD has some of our holiday favorites, along with some original songs by Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, with a little help from Lisa Carver, Ellis Paul, and Tony Bieser.
The CD is Sugarland – there’s not a lot more that needs to be said. I’m sure it’s one I will be listening to a lot this holiday season. It is nice getting to hear more vocals from Kristian Bush, too.
Gold and Green starts off with “City of Silver Dreams”, It’s slow, and very descriptive of a Christmas season day in New York City “All dressed up with ribbons and smiles, Snow covers the park like a carpet, And bells on white carriages roll by in style.” A great opening song song for this CD.
“Winter Wonderland: and “Holly Jolly Christmas” are next. Both are familiar, traditional Christmas songs. But uniquely done by Jennifer and Kristian. There is some great piano on “Winter Wonderland”, and “Holly Jolly Christmas” is one where Kristian gets to hang on to the mic for most of the song.
“Coming Home” is kind has a very bluesy sound, and a fantastic choir singing along with Jennifer. This is one of the songs Jennifer and Kristian wrote for the CD. I hope we get to hear a lot of these numbers on the radio during the holiday season, too – many radio stations give us at least a few days of nothing but Christmas music, and this CD will make a nice addition to their play list.
“Gold and Green” is just what you would expect it to be. Soft, slow, descriptive – close your eyes and listen. This one definitely paints a picture. “Everything looks better in gold and green.” I love the violin on this one, too.
Next we have “Maybe Baby (New Year’s Day)” – Is it ok to refer to a song written about the holiday season as “sexy.” Because I think this one is. And again, a lot of vocals by Kristian.
We all grew up singing “Nuttin’ For Christmas,” and I bet every one of us still knows every word! You can still sing along, but you’re going to have to pick up the beat a little bit to sing along with Jennifer and Kristian, ads they add a definite bluegrass sound to this age-old song.
There’s only one word to describe “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” and “Silent Night” – Beautiful!
In between those two, at number 9 on the 10-track CD is “Little Wood Guitar”. “Like all the kings with all their gold, and chasing down your star I’m told, Every Highway takes me where you are, With this little wood guitar.” Very nicely penned by Kristian and Ellis Paul, and beautifully sung by Jennifer.
Now that you’ve heard about “Gold and Green,” how would you like to win a copy for yourself? I’ve got one copy of the Gold and Green CD, along with a poster and some Sugarland Holiday gift tags (to/from tags). All you have to do is fill out the form below and hit the submit button. The winner will be drawn at random on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. Good Luck!
Need to get ready for work. You guys enjoy your Monday.