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“Mighty fine combination of original Christmas tunes with a couple of standards guaranteed to please those who have difficulty with the old chestnuts. Just in time to drown out the Muzak you may have to confront as the year winds down.”William W Western, Chicken Fried Lunch, CKUW 95.9 FM

Finally no longer a need for ‘White Christmas’ or ‘Jingle Bells’ during the upcoming year end. The angelic voice of Kimmie Rhodes and her own beautiful compositions of thematic Christmas songs is a true gift to all her fans and to all admirers of great songs and excellent vocal performances. With the song “Wake Up Sleepy Town” where the accordion of Joel Guzman excels, a new traditional is born.www.rootstime.be

It was a real pleasure to listen to a Christmas album not knowing the songs beforehand and even more so when it is as good as this one which I would unreservedly recommend. – www.countrymusicfile.co.uk

Here we have one of the most distinctive and original Christmas albums since Emmylou Harris released her ‘Light Of The Stable’ more than thirty years ago – Maverick (December 2010)

“Miracles on Christmas Day” is the premier collection of Kimmie Rhodes own original Christmas songs. One Christmas, years back, inspired while watching Willie Nelson open multiple packages all containing platinum records of his beloved song, Pretty Paper, Kimmie pledged to write a holiday song every year. Now, as a gift to her friends worldwide, she and Gabe Rhodes have collaborated on brilliant new productions of those songs. With a glittering cast of musicians including cellist Brian Standefer (Alejandro Escovedo), percussionist Hunt Sales (Todd Rundgren, Iggy Pop, Tin Machine), Nigel Eaton on hurdy gurdy (Blowzabella, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Loreena McKennitt), and Joel Guzman on accordion (Joe Ely, Los Super Seven), this record is the perfect pre-holiday feast for radio hosts looking for fresh tunes, music lovers hungry for soulful lyrics, and her legion of fans who have come to love her gritty-to-whimsical music in all its subtle, complex glory. This group of new recordings also includes a cover of Patty Griffin’s beautiful Mary and two intriguing classics, Carol of the Bells, (an ancient pagan Ukrainian chant), and What Child is This (set to Greensleeves).

Kimmie Rhodes – vocals & rhythm guitar
Gabriel Rhodes – guitars, mandolin, keyboards, glass harp, theramin, BG vocals
Hunt Sales – drums, percussion, bells
Glen Fukunaga – bass
Brian Standifer – cello
Tommy Spurlock – steel guitar
John Mills – clarinet, saxophone, flute
Floyd Domino – piano
Joel Guzman – accordion, guitar
Nigel Eaton – hurdy gurdy

Joe Gracey – mixing & mastering
Gabriel Rhodes – recordist
Recorded at Sunbird Studios, Austin, TX