Away In a Manger, White Christmas With Lord of the Strings’ Newest Holiday Singles.
Tony Wray, Tim Crouch and Dennis Parker have put their own Bluegrass twist on Away In A Manger and White Christmas. These two cheerful tunes are sure to make your season merry and bright. Both tunes are now on all major digital retailers and streaming platforms.
Both singles are beloved holiday tunes that have stood the test of time, and now have a unique Roots twist spearheaded by studio veteran Wray. Originally sung by Bing Crosby in 1942, White Christmas has since become a timeless classic that captures the essence of the holiday season. Away In A Manger is a traditional Christmas carol with roots dating back to the late 19th century, and its poignant lyrics and gentle melody evoke a sense of peace and comfort from the time of the birth of Christ.
Both songs have become authentic staples of the holiday season, resonating with people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’re singing along to White Christmas or singing along with or just reflecting on the words to Away In A Manger, these classic holiday tunes are sure to fill your heart with warmth and nostalgia, making them the perfect addition to your holiday playlist.
The Lord Of The Strings ensemble has brought together Wray, Parker, and Crouch, long-time friends and gifted musicians. Despite their hectic schedules, these artists are passionately working on new studio material. Their natural chemistry has always translated into amazing music, and the new collaborations promise to be no different. Their first mainstream Bluegrass release “Stone By Stone” came out in the fall, and showcases their exceptional musicianship and ability to blend traditional sounds with a modern approach. It’s clear that they are committed to their craft and creating music that resonates with fans.
About Lord of the Strings:
Lord of the Strings is the brainchild of instrumentalist Tony Wray, who has worked with multiple artists and produced music for Rodney Dillard, Dan Tyminski and many others. A consummate artist, Tony works with musicians in many genres at many different stages of their careers.
I was 13 when I started learning the guitar and banjo by studying old jazz recordings. A few years later I moved to Missouri to work with the Ezelle Family and then on to the Shepherd of The Hills in Branson – Tony Wray.
In 1999, Tony moved to Nashville, TN, to work for the Gibson Instrument company as the banjo supervisor. From 2004 to 2011, he assembled and set up every Gibson banjo released into the market.
While in Nashville, Tony became a freelance musician working with the veritable who’s who in bluegrass music, along with many notable country performers and studio musicians, such as: Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Randy Kohrs, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Evans, John Cowan, Wayne Benson, Casey Driessen, Jeff White, Bela Fleck, Scott Vestal, Roland White, Jesse McReynolds, Marty Stuart, Ron Block, Los Lobos, Jim Lauderdale, and Tim Crouch.
Since his move from Nashville, Tony notes some of his prouder accomplishments to date have been the creation of Blue Mafia and touring with Dan Tyminski.
Frequent collaborators include Tim Crouch and Dennis Parker.
Lord of the Strings has exciting plans for 2024, with fresh new music that will keep fans coming back for more. The authentic experience is not to be missed, so stay tuned for updates throughout the year.