Doug Anderson - Back Porch Christmas

Published Monday 25th June 2018
Doug Anderson - Back Porch Christmas
Doug Anderson - Back Porch Christmas

STYLE: Country
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 167333-26441
LABEL: Stow Town 492641
RELEASE DATE: 2017-11-24
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Stephen Luff

As a member of the quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and his regular Homecoming Friends appearances, Doug found Southern gospel fame. These days he tours as a solo artist and occasionally as part of trio Cana's Voice. Writers on this release include Gloria Gaither, Benjy Gaither and Joel Lindsey, while backing vocals are provided by the outstanding quartet 4th+main which adds an extra something to the album. The title track however, does get the album off to a cheesy start, but then things get better. "Peace On Earth" is a beautiful thought provoking song while "While I Think Of Bethlehem" removes the tinsel and sentimentality from the well-known Christmas story, instead looking at the stark reality of the situation. Throughout there is a distinct country thread running through the collection which, with the original songs, helps the album stand out amongst the deluge of seasonal releases.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Back Porch Christmas [Listen]
2. I'll Be Home For Christmas [Listen]
3. Peace On Earth [Listen]
4. When I Think Of Bethlehem [Listen]
5. If It Wasn't For Christmas [Listen]
6. Christmas In Heaven [Listen]
7. Still Makes Me Sing [Listen]
8. The Manger And The Cross [Listen]

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Product Description
Fans of Doug Anderson know his favourite pastimes are making harmony and hanging out on the back porch with family and friends. As a matter of fact, this is a weekly occurrence at the Anderson home in Indiana. Many times neighbours are encouraged to bring their families (as well as their musical instruments) and before long, a neighbourhood concert breaks out. This local phenomenon launched a recording and even an national tour appropriately titled The Back Porch Sessions.

When plans for a recording of Christmas music were being made, Doug immediately knew he wanted to create an atmosphere of celebration and community. So he invited some of his best friends (and favourite singers) to come join the party. New country powerhouse band, 4th & main, joins Doug for this once-in-a-lifetime recording by providing the backing vocals for this homespun effort.

Back Porch Christmas manifests every emotion tied to this holiest of holidays from the tender Peace On Earth, to the classic I'll Be Home For Christmas, the fun-filled title cut to the new Gaither composition, The Manger and The Cross. So grab a guitar, call some friends and sing along with Doug and the guys.

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