VIRGINIA BEACH−Nov. 1, 2008−Local musicians Skip and Randy Friel are pleased to announce the release of Evergreen Christmas, a dynamically resonant collection of original and traditional songs they hope will become enduring holiday classics. The album will be available for purchase after its Dec. 1 release date.
Evergreen Christmas is a delightful blend of traditional holiday songs, contemporary folk, classic blues/rock, with a sprinkling of gospel and jazz. “Skip comes from an acoustic folk/rock point of view. I do my mash up of blues and jazz and together we meet in the middle,” said Randy. The vocal harmonies of the brothers are the musical centerpiece, as well as the common thread of each song performed in the holiday spirit. “There’s something unique about the sound of brothers singing together,” notes Randy. “The Everly Brothers and the Beach Boys each had a unique sound. I hear that same quality when listening to Skip and I; it’s that cool brotherly sound when we sing harmony.”
Meticulously woven over the course of a year, the album was recorded in Randy’s New Jersey studio and in Virginia Beach. The 16-track collection features six originals penned by the brothers and some new twists to a few Christmas classics. It offers an organic palette of acoustic and electric instruments fused with richly textured voices. “Each genre flows seamlessly from one offering to the next,” said Skip. “Our latest collaboration truly reflects the diversity and versatility of both our musical backgrounds,” he continued.
Evergreen Christmas is the follow-up to Virginia Beach musician Skip’s award-winning album, Twilight Red Sky, also produced by Randy. Randy is the founder of New Moon Music, an independent record label specializing in blues and roots music by southern artists. Initially launched in Chapel Hill, NC, New Moon Music also developed a client base in New Jersey and opened a studio there. The holiday album is available for purchase at www.cdbaby.com.