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Nokie Edwards and the Light Crust Doughboys - A Surf 'n' Swing Fret 'n' String Christmasdotdotdot
artworkThis is not a Nokie Edwards CD, nor is it a Ventures CD. The album is a collaborative work from a number of country players including Nokie Edwards, Art Greenshaw, Floyd Dakil, the Light Crust Doughboys (Marvin 'Smokey' Montgomery, Jerry Elliot, Bill Simmons, John Walden, Art Greenshaw, and Jim Baker), and the Jordanaires (Gordon Stoker, Neal Matthews, Louis Nunley, and Ray Walker).

The 11 instros, mostly in the country or bluegrass arena are flanked by 3 vocals, "The Gift Of Love," "Peace In The Valley," and "The Toy Yodeler."

Only one instro is even close to surf, and one other verging on rock.
Picks: Deck The Halls, Silver Bells, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Swan Lake Christmas, O Holy Night, Silent Night, Christmas Carol Rock, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, A Closer Walk, The Bells Of St. Mary's, New Years Rendezvous

Track by Track Review

Deck The Halls dotdotdot
Bluegrass (Instrumental)

In the tradition of post bluegrass country, the Dallas Banjo Band match up their banjo and country simple pleasures sound with Nokie Edwards' guitar. This one's a dry down home country nod to the bows of holly on the door to Grandpa's still.

Silver Bells dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Lush lap steel played like an "Aloha Aoi" sweet Hawaiian movie theme delivers a soft and very pretty rendition of this classic holiday film score. Nokie Edwards is backed by Tom Brumley, Smokey Montgomery, Art Greenshaw and the Jordanaires.

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

More traditional country in close proximity to blue grass, with a gentle and innocent sound.

Swan Lake Christmas dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Art Greenshaw arranged this version of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake." Borrowing from Walk Don't Run and verging on surf, the Art and the Light Crust Doughboys with the Jordanaires play a softly rocking Christmas arrangement with bells and a simple warm fireside sound.

O Holy Night dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Art Greenshaw plays a warm electric guitar while the Dallas Banjo Band play a soft sorta blue grass backtrack. It's a warm fireside kinda track.

Silent Night dotdotdot
Light Western Swing (Instrumental)

Tom Brumley, Smokey Montgomery, Art Greenshaw, and the Jordanaires play a soft lap steel nod to "Silent Night." Very pretty and sweetly whining of cowboy corals.

Christmas Carol Rock dotdotdot
Light Rock (Instrumental)

"Christmas Carol Rock" is a nifty solo workout from guitarist Art Greenshaw. It's a merger of several Christmas classic, including "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and "Jingle Bells." Warbly guitar and tinkly piano create a warm and weird spirit.

O Little Town Of Bethlehem dotdotdot
Bluegrass (Instrumental)

Nokie Edwards leads the Dallas Banjo Band through a delicate and restrained performance of "O Little Town Of Bethlehem." Soft and pretty in a backwoods minuet kinda way.

A Closer Walk dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

This is a soft almost MOR version of "A Closer Walk With Thee" from Nokie Edwards backed with the Light Crust Doughboys and the Jordanaires. A few verses are sung as a backing behind the sweet country lap steel.

The Bells Of St. Mary's dotdotdot
Bluegrass (Instrumental)

Smokey Montgomery plays a banjo interpretation of "The Bells Of St. Mary's" that's on the fluffy side, as opposed to the mushy original. Fun and a little strange.

New Years Rendezvous dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Auld Lang Syne" is cool and light under Art Greenshaw's lead guitar and Floyd Dakil's rhythm. You may recognize Floyd Dakil's name from the classic "Dance Franny Dance." This is a very nice track. While it's soft, it also displays chemistry and vibrato.