Ever wondered what a New Zealand bluegrass Christmas sounds like?

It might not be keeping you up at night with everything else that’s going on, but if you’ve ever wondered what a New Zealand bluegrass Christmas sounds like, you have your answer now!

U.S. country singer Caroline Jones escaped to the COVID-free country to record with local folk band, The Trenwiths, at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studio in Auckland.

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Jones, who was named by Rolling Stone as one of 10 Country Artists You Need To Know, explained: “Once I arrived here and had completed two weeks quarantine and followed all protocols, I was eager to engage in the in-person musical connection I have been missing this year.”

“I am always open and excited to dip my toes in the waters of different styles of music. I researched The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, which is a more than 50 year old institution here in New Zealand, and of which Paul Trenwith is a founding member. We were able to get in touch with Paul and begin jamming with him, mandolinist Keith MacMillan, and Paul’s sons Sam and Tim, who together are known as The Trenwiths.”

The Silver Bells EP featuring Silver Bells and Winter Wonderland is out now digitally.