Label: Vanguard Records
How refreshing is this? Not only is Mindy Smith's wintry third album loaded with original holiday themed songs, but the classic carol "Away In A Manger" has a completely reworked melody. Overall, My Holiday sounds more intimate than most commercial country singers' attempts to cash in on Christmas. Although pedal steel, electric guitar, bass and drums are low in the mix, it's the acoustic guitars, fiddle, mandolin and, of course, the intimacy of Smith's whisper-in-your ear inflections that will makes this album unlike anything they pump through the speakers at the mall come fall.