VARIOUS ARTISTS, “Pa’s Fiddle: The Music of America,” Compass. DVD 14 songs plus bonus material.

The Pa’s Fiddle Project is making the music mentioned in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” books available to a 21st century audience.

The songs featured in the project are all songs that Wilder writes about her father, Charles Ingalls, playing on his fiddle in the late 19th century.

But the arrangements have been updated for modern audiences.

Recently, the group released a 17-song CD and now there’s a 14-song DVD of a concert taped Jan. 6 at the Loveless Barn in Nashville.

It’s not bluegrass — unless your definition of the genre includes drums (and a piano on one song).

But it’s good — very good.

The Roys, the only bluegrass artists featured, perform “The Gum Tree Canoe” and “Buffalo Gals.”

Contemporary Christian singer Natalie Grant performs a version of “My Old Kentucky Home” that takes the Stephen Collins Foster song in a new — and more exciting — direction than the one you hear at the Kentucky Derby every year.

She also performs a powerful version of “There Is A Fountain,” that’s included in the bonus material.

The a capella vocal group Committed performs “Roll The Old Chariot Along” and “The Battle Cry of Freedom.”

Country singer Ashton Shepherd does “O California” and “Oft in the Stilly Night.”

Rodney Atkins does “The Gal I Left Behind Me.”

Randy Travis sings “The Sweet By and By” and “Rock of Ages.”

Ronnie Milsap performs the medley  “Dixie/The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

And Pa’s Fiddle Band –Randy Scruggs, Matt Combs, Dennis Crouch, Hoot Hester, Shad Cobb and Chad Cromwell — plays “The Arkansas Traveler/Devil’s Dream” and “Soldier’s Joy.”

The entire cast performs “Ol’ Dan Tucker.”

All the performances are powerful.

Can’t find it in stores? Try CompassRecords.com.

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