Ready for Christmas

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One thing is apparent when you listen to The Flat River Band. The trio, comprised of siblings Andy, Dennijo, and Chad Sitze, love to have fun when they are playing music – and it shows.

“We have a blast,” says Andy. I think that all bands, if they’ve been playing long enough with each other – they have a good time. Otherwise they wouldn’t play together.” Andy recognizes it could be the family ties they enjoy. “I think we’re able to dig each other to that point where well, maybe we’ve gone too far. But, at the same time, we know where that line is. It’s enjoyable as long as everybody knows where the lines are at.”

This bond has carried the success of the band throughout the years as the trio has opened for the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, TG Sheppard, among others.

And now they do Christmas:

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This pumpkin latte, extra spiced and not deathly sweet Christmas album, brings meaning back into this century. Yes, you might want to curl up thinking gratitude is a little too early to be dishing out. Until you hear these renditions that is.

There is an undeniable piece of soul in the belly of each delicious, savoured, string. With vocals or without, Christmas just got souled, funked, and came to life again with truth and drums.

Merging Celtic paganism with Country, ripping instrumental solos and easy listening vibes, with just that sprinkle of something that inspires a little jiggle ahead of all that Christmas Cake – this is one of the best Christmas albums I’ve heard.

In fact, I’m signing up for a Flat River Band inspired Christmas.

Will you join me?

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