The Depue Brothers Band | When Its Christmas Time

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When Its Christmas Time

by The Depue Brothers Band

Our music on When Its Christmas Time is a mix of bluegrass, classical, rock, jazz -- what we call Grassical!
Genre: Holiday: Classical
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1. Sleigh Ride
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2:56 album only
2. Pat-a-Pan
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2:52 album only
3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
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4:38 album only
4. Medley of Carols
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5:41 album only
5. Linus and Lucy
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4:11 album only
6. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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3:22 album only
7. When Its Christmas Time
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3:52 album only
8. Ding Dong Merrily On High
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1:11 album only
9. Good King Wencelas
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10. The Christmas Song
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4:29 album only
11. The Fat Man
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12. Winter Wonderland
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13. Oh Holy Night
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14. Ave Maria
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The originals and arrangments by Alex DePue are vital to this Holiday CD. His original, The Fat Man, is a great spoof on what Santa is up to before Christmas Eve. The dedication of the album is to the four Depue Brothers father, Wallace DePue, senior. His original, When Its Christmas Time has an easy listening appeal and pleasing melody. Mike Munford's banjo Medley of Carols is hauntingly beautiful -- from centuries ago. Adam Glasers lush arrangement of Have Yourself A Merry Lttile Christmas is nothing short of brilliant and very original. The jazz like arrangements of The Christmas Song and Winter Wonderland swing with the best of them. The four brothers violin work throughout always oozes with virtuosity and utter creativity. Enjoy this gift for the Holidays!


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Steve Ramm "Anything Phonographic"

The Dupues are back (after three years) – this time with one of my Top 5 Holiday
I first discovered the four DuPue bothers in 2010 when I saw them perform in a showcase at the annual Arts Presenters Conference in New York. Here was a group of four classically trained musicians playing bluegrass. I immediately sought out their then-only CD – “Weapons of Grass Destruction” and waited, and waited, (and waited!) for their next release. Well, here it is – and it’s great too. The only probably is that it is a Christmas album (which does limit its distribution some.) But, if you are reading this soon after I write this – run (do not walk) and get this album. It is one of my top 5 holiday CDs this year.
Why haven’t they been back in the studio since 2010 – except for this CD? Probably because each of the brothers is busy either teaching or playing in the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra! . Jason is First Violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra; Zach was the First Violinist there. Wallace works with opera companies and Alex wins fiddling contests and plays with rock bands.
You can almost think of this album as a “mixtape” of musical styles. There’s a great bluegrass version of “Sleigh Ride” with Jason on fiddle, and the guys (with the other four members – who are not in the family) give new life to Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy”. Want something earlier? These guys have it in “Good King Wenceslas (1853) preceded by “Ding Dong on High” from circa 1550. You might be taken off guard by the song “The Fat Man”, an original rock and roll song by Alex (with lyrics printed on the foldout insert. There’s another original vocal song, the album’s title track (one of 40 annual songs written by the DuPues’ dad) with vocal harmony straight off the Beach Boys (or the Four Freshmen).
For the next 30 days I’ll be playing this a lot. Then let’s hope that 2014 bring new secular music from these Philly-based prodigies who can turn anything into bluegrass and make it work.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”