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The First Christmas Gift

Robin & Linda Williams

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Album Review

Country folk veterans Robin & Linda Williams have been making beautiful (quality) music together since the early '70s, so it comes as no surprise that their first collection of holiday music shuns the usual standards for an assortment of originals, covers, and traditional pieces that warrant more than a casual listen. Linda provides the sparse "Shotgun Shells on a Christmas Tree," a truly Southern take on the more marketable snow globe traditions of a wealthy suburban Christmas, Robin's earthy title track puts an old timey spin on the three wise men legend, while the two harmonize beautifully on the rousing closer, "Rise Up Shepherds and Follow." Forget Mannheim Steamroller, First Christmas Gift captures the spirit of the season with an earnestness that's as simple as the morning snow.

Biography

Formed: 1973

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The sounds of rural America are explored through the warm vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar-driven arrangements of Virginia-based husband-and-wife duo Robin & Linda Williams. Accompanied by the appropriately named Their Fine Group, featuring Dobro ace Kevin Maul and ex-Red Clay Ramblers bassist Jim Watson, the Williams blend a mixture of bluegrass, folk, and acoustic country music. As semi-regular performers on Garrison Keillor's nationally broadcast radio show A Prairie Home Companion, the...
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