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A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume TwoFourteen-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs marshals the members of his gifted family as well as his in-laws, the bluegrass masters the White Family, to make this holiday season a family affair. Performing his favorite bluegrass, popular holiday carols will be rediscovered, with renditions of "Little Drummer Boy," "What Child is This?," "The Christmas Guest," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and more. The tour starts at the Brooks Theatre in Clemson, SC on November 28th and runs through December 22nd in Nashville, Tennessee at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tickets are now available. Complete tour is listed below.

Come celebrate the season with a family of first class musicians, singing and playing their best for the holidays! Don't miss your chance to see the whole family - Ricky Skaggs, The Whites - Sharon, Cheryl and Buck, along with the third generation carrying on the family tradition - Molly Skaggs, Luke Skaggs and Rachel Leftwich. Their tour dates and cities are below. Click on a tour date for more information and tickets. Bring your family to visit with our family during this most special time of the year!

The Brooks Theater at Clemson notes, "The tour that emerged from a simple bus breakdown in 2003 is now making a pit stop at Clemson's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Grammy-award winning bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs and the celebrated musical clan the Whites join together for a celebration of family, faith, and holiday spirit at Ricky Skaggs Family Christmas on Monday, November 28 at 8 pm.

"The slight transportation mishap almost 8 years ago left only Ricky, his wife Sharon White, their daughter Molly and son Luke to entertain an audience in Atlanta without Skaggs' legendary band, Kentucky Thunder, to back them up. Such positive response from the spontaneous show led to five more holiday shows that winter with the inclusion of Sharon's sister Cheryl, father Buck, and niece Rachel into the performance making it a real family affair."

The Skaggs family recently released their A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume Two album which features Ricky, his wife Sharon and their children (Luke and Molly), Buck and Cheryl White, and Cheryl's daughter, Rachel Leftwich, part of the Skaggs' extended family and members of a celebrated musical clan in their own right. Also highlighted are world-renowned Kentucky Thunder and The Nashville Strings. The disc kicks off with the upbeat bluegrass arrangement of "Christmas Time's A Coming," which segues smoothly to showcase Sharon White Skaggs and her sister, Cheryl, trading lead vocals on the bright, acoustic, "Light of the Stable." An a capella version of "The First Noel" finds Ricky singing lead, while the signature vocals of the White sisters excel on the high and low harmonies. Heavenly voices rise in praise on the classic seasonal favorite, "Silent Night," which also features a poignant mandolin and soaring strings. Molly Skaggs shines on "What Songs Were Sung," proving she's more than worthy to carry on the families' traditions, while brother Luke burns up the fret on his own composition, the intricate instrumental, "Flight To Egypt." The modern "Reunion Song" features a deceptively-simple sing-along melody, and Ricky not only triumphs on the lead vocal, but also plays Guitars, Mandolin, Gut String Solo and Dan Electro. Skaggs' lightning-fast finger pickin' guitar lick jump-starts "Children Go" and the vocal interplay between the family members (Ricky, Buck, Sharon and Cheryl) should leave listeners breathless. A haunting, original arrangement and expressive vocals by Luke, Molly and Rachel highlight "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel," and the disc closes with a classical instrumental interpretation of "Joy To The World."

As a bonus, A Skaggs Family Christmas Live (DVD) is included with the purchase of the CD. The DVD features the family's heartwarming holiday concert, recorded live in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The three generations have taken this special show on the road for the last eight years, and the tradition continues this year, with the troupe performing at a variety of venues throughout the holiday season.

Here is where you can catch Ricky Skaggs and his family for the Christmas Holiday

Location Date Time Event
Clemson, SC November 28, 2011 8:00 pm
A Skaggs Family Christmas
Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
221 Brooks Center
Clemson, SC  29634
Venue # 864-656-3043
for info & tickets: www.clemson.edu/brooks
Charlottesville, VA November 30, 2011 8:00 pm
A Skaggs Family Christmas
The Paramount Theater
215 E. Main St.
Charlottesville, VA  22902
Venue #: 434-979-1333
For tickets & info: www.theparamount.net
North Bethesda, MD December 01, 2011 8:00 pm
A Skaggs Family Christmas
Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD  20852
Knoxville, TN December 02, 2011 8:00 pm
A Skaggs Family Christmas
Historic Tennessee Theatre
507 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN  37902
Venue # 865-684-1200
for info & tickets: www.tennesseetheatre.com
Wabash, IN December 10, 2011 7:30 pm
A Skaggs Family Christmas
Honeywell Center
275 W. Market St.
Wabash, IN  46992
Venue # 260-563-1102
for info & tickets: www.honeywellcenter.org
Van Wert, OH December 11, 2011 4:00 pm
A Skaggs Family Christmas
Niswonger Performing Arts Center
of Northwest Ohio
10700 SR 118 South
Van Wert, OH  45891
Tickets on sale Sept. 13
for tickets & info: www.npacvw.org
Franklin, NC December 17, 2011 7:30 pm
A Skaggs Family Christmas
Smokey Mountain Performing Arts Center
1024 Georgia Rd.
Franklin, NC  28734
for info & tickets: www.greatmountainmusic.com
Nashville, TN December 22, 2011 7:00 pm
A Skaggs Family Christmas
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
One Symphony Place
Nashville, TN  37201
for tickets: 615-687-6400
for tickets & info: www.nashvillesymphony.org

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