The Punch Brothers, a New York based progressive bluegrass band (their music is described as “bluegrass instrumentation and spontaneity in the strictures of modern classical”) added their take to O Come O Come Emmanuel to the wildly diverse collection of Christmas music, Holidays Rule.
Holidays Rule really is an odd collection of artists but is worth checking out (although you may not want to purchase all of it).
The tune from it you’ve probably heard over and over is Paul McCartney singing “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting…). But it also features The Shins singing McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime,” The Heartless Bastards covering “Blue Christmas,” and Calexico singing ”Green Grows The Holly.”
There are a lot of misses on this collection. However the beauty of purchasing digital music is you can pick and choose. Back when I was a kid, you bought the album and you were stuck with all of the crappy songs. And there are some crappy songs in this collection.
The song below is not one of the crappy tunes.
The Punch Brothers rival Bela Fleck in their use of progressive bluegrass. They even get out there a bit on this version of O Come O Come Emmanuel — it’s an interesting and well done alternative to this wonderful Christmas standard.