Good news: the Mountain Aires are at work on a new Christmas album. According to an article in the Cary News, the gifted band "started as a group of teen homeschooled students who met to play music in the winter of 2004." With the help of Trans World Radio missionary Marvin Heath, the band soon moved from informal jam sessions to formal practices to public concerts. Their first CD, Echo the Legacy, was met with wide critical acclaim.
The group plays "a unique blend of bluegrass, old-time, folk, gospel and Celtic music. Songs featuring fiery picking follow contemplative melodies punctuated by sentimental harmonies." If you're a fan of traditional acoustic music, you'll love the Mountain Aires. I certainly do. I am very much looking forward to having their new CD for my family's Yuletide celebrations.