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REBEL RECORDS SERVES UP ANOTHER GREAT “MUSICAL THANKSGIVING” OF CATALOG

Posted on November 13, 2020

"November is a time to give thanks and to prepare for that big Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings! But it’s also a time to start getting ready for Christmas. And so, we are taking this month to celebrate the yuletide season with a choice mixture of Christmas-themed and gospel releases. At the top of the list is the various artists collection Christmas in the Mountains. It’s a blend of all-time favorites such as Ralph Stanley’s “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” The Country Gentlemen’s “Christmas Time Back Home,” and Larry Sparks’ take on “Christmas Time’s a Coming.” Also included are new favorites by the likes of The Wildwood Valley Boys, Lost & Found, and Ralph Stanley II. Larry Sparks has a much-loved perennial with Christmas in the Hills; first released as an album in the 1970s and now on CD, it delights bluegrass fans year after year. Mandolin player Paul Williams has been a mainstay in bluegrass since the 1950s. Today, he’s a favorite on the bluegrass gospel circuit and his 2002 disc tells us The Real Christmas Story.



The remaining albums count as some of Rebel’s choicest gospel and sacred releases. Since their appearance over four decades ago, The Country Gentlemen’s Calling My Children Home and J.D. Crowe’s The Model Churchremain as consistent best sellers in Rebel’s catalog. Banjoist Dave Evanswas a powerful singer and an engaging songwriter. Hang Out a Light For Medisplays a fine mix of Evans originals and wisely chosen classics. Having logged time with several first-generation bluegrass groups, Melvin Goinscame up the “old school” way. The songs on his I Wouldn’t Miss It pay homage to the likes of The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Carl Story, and Jimmy Martin.

Among some of today’s leading voices in the genre, as a nine-year lead vocalist for Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver, Barry Scott is no stranger to bluegrass audiences. Fronting his own group Second Wind, he crafted In God’s Time as a showcase for his songwriting talents. Don Rigsby is touted as a world-class singer and mandolin player as well as the pride of Isonville, Kentucky. Steeped in the gospel mores since his youth, The Voice of Godallows Don to explore all aspects of the tradition, from plaintive a cappella hymns to surging gospel quartet favorites. Bluegrass and the gospel are all about fellowship. Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers use Hymns From the Hills as an opportunity to lift up their voices with friends such as Larry Sparks, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, and Doyle Lawson."  ~ Mark Freeman, President - Rebel Records











REBEL RECORDS PRESENTS
Christmas - Holiday - Bluegrass - Acoustic
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LARRY SPARKS
Christmas - Bluegrass
Holiday - Acoustic
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PAUL WILLIAMS
Christmas - Gospel
Holiday - Bluegrass
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COUNTRY GENTLEMEN
Gospel - Bluegrass
Folk
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J.D. CROWE
Gospel - Bluegrass
Folk
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DAVE EVANS
Gospel - Bluegrass
Folk
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MELVIN GOINS
Gospel - Bluegrass
Folk
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BARRY SCOTT
Gospel - Bluegrass
Folk
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DON RIGSBY
Gospel - Bluegrass
Folk
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JOE MULLINS
Gospel - Bluegrass
Folk
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