The North County-based children's music combo Hullabaloo (Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer) has put together a Christmas album that is far more than a children's album: This is a delightful acoustic folk and country collection of holiday originals and beloved chestnuts that makes for a wonderful listen for the entire family.
The arrangements are straight-ahead, anchored by the rich singing voices of Denyes and Kremer. Having local ace picker Dennis Caplinger sitting in on all things stringed (banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle) adds a depth to the playing and sound.
And Denyes' "White Sand Christmas" is a nice addition to the holiday canon. It has a country Christmas feel to it, like something Jimmy Buffett might have written.
--North County Times