For Your Grammy Consideration

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra; Rosanne Cash; Over the Rhine; Aoife O'Donovan; Dom Flemons; Comet Bluegrass All-Stars; Joe Henry

When Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Conductor John Morris Russell decided to release the orchestra’s first live recording, he couldn’t have chosen a more fitting cast of collaborators.
— Paste Magazine
The beauty of her (Aoife O’Donovan) version (Slumber My Darling) certainly assures us that all will be well, wrapping itself around like a warm quilt
— Henry Carrigan, no depression; the roots music authority
With banjo backed by cinematic strings and woodwinds, the arrangement pairs Henry’s jaunty, jazzy vocal phrasing with a sweeping antebellum feel—fitting, given that Stephen Foster wrote the song in 1847.
— Eric R. Danton, Wall Street Journal
... this is a very fresh entry in the rather moribund patriotic pops genre.
— iTunes Album Review

WVXU Interview - Around Cincinnati - Frank Johnson & Chelsea VandeDrink

This month, the first live recording from the Cincinnati Popswill be released. American Originals was recorded in January 2015 at Music Hall and the program featured Conductor John Morris Russell leading the Pops and a group of talented guest stars through parts of the Great American Songbook and the music of Stephen Foster.

Cincinnati Public Radio’s Master Recording Engineer Chelsea VandeDrink is with Frank Johnson to discuss the recording process, the challenges they faced, including a very enthusiastic audience