This delightful two-disc collection from the Skaggs Family is just in time for the holiday season and is sure to be a welcome addition to anyone’s Christmas music library. While the first disc is a music CD, the second disc is a DVD video featuring a two-hour concert with the Skaggs, the Whites, members of Kentucky Thunder, and the Nashville Strings concert orchestra.
Both discs kick off with a rousing version of the Tex Logan classic, “Christmas Times A-Coming.” The music CD includes “Light Of The Stable,” a cappella selections of “The First Noel” and “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” and a Molly Skaggs solo “What Songs Were Sung.” The set also includes an absolutely beautiful rendition of “Silent Night” and the instrumental “Flight To Egypt.” The concert video was filmed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., and features band and solo performances from Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White Skaggs, Cheryl White, Buck White, Molly Skaggs, Luke Skaggs, and Rachael Leftwich. The Skaggs band includes Andy Leftwich, Cody Kilby, Mark Fain, Eddie Faris, Paul Brewster, Tom Ready, and Dirk Johnson.
The first part of the concert features the Skaggs Family performing such favorites as “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “The First Noel,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” After a brief intermission, the Skaggs Family is joined on stage by the Nashville Strings concert orchestra who beautifully back various solo and ensemble performances from the Skaggs Family on such holiday favorites as “What Child Is This,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Deck The Halls,” “White Christmas,” the wonderful story of “The Christmas Guest,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” The video also includes encore performances of “Oh Come Oh Come Emanuel” and “Joy To The World.” This is a wonderful project set to please the whole family and one that will sure to become a regular holiday favorite. (Skaggs Family Records, P.O. Box 2478, Hendersonville, TN 37077, www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.) BF