Skaggs Family to release album, perform Dec. 17

The Skaggs Family will perform songs from its new, 10-song holiday album, A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume Two, at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17.

The CD, which is now available nationwide, features Ricky Skaggs, a 14-time Grammy winner, his wife Sharon White Skaggs and their children, Buck and Cheryl White, and Cheryl’s daughter, Rachel Leftwich. A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume Two has a mix of studio and live recordings as well as performances of traditional seasonal songs and new compositions.

The disc kicks off with the upbeat bluegrass arrangement of “Christmas Time’s A Coming,” which segues in a song by Sharon and her sister, Cheryl, trading lead vocals on “Light of the Stable.”

The album also features an a capella version of “The First Noel” by Ricky, “Silent Night,” “What Songs Were Sung” and “Flight To Egypt” among others.

A Skaggs Family Christmas Live (DVD) is included with the purchase of the CD. The DVD features the family’s holiday concert, recorded live in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium. The group, which includes three generations, have taken this show on the road for the last eight years, and the tradition continues this year.

“We started singing these songs in our living room all those years ago, with no idea that we would ever take A Skaggs Family Christmas to so many places,” said Sharon. “We’ve performed everywhere from churches to symphony halls to the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C., where we sang for President George W. Bush. The recording process, the performing and traveling has been so much fun! It has been such a blessing to share all of this as a family.”

Tickets for the show at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center are $35.

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