Skaggs Family Christmas, Vol. 1

A Skaggs Family Christmas, Vol. 1

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This engaging holiday album brings together the Ricky Skaggs and Buck White families (related by marriage) with Ricky's estimable band for a stirring and joyous Yuletide celebration that flaunts everyone's talents, from children to Granddad. Skaggs could easily have stolen the show, but the same grace he

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This engaging holiday album brings together the Ricky Skaggs and Buck White families (related by marriage) with Ricky's estimable band for a stirring and joyous Yuletide celebration that flaunts everyone's talents, from children to Granddad. Skaggs could easily have stolen the show, but the same grace he exhibits onstage applies to the studio as well, so after kicking off the festivities with a sprightly, mandolin-laced rendering of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," he sticks to instrumental work until the penultimate cut, a contemporary pop–styled carol titled "Go Thee Down," on which he takes a soothing, crooning lead vocal. Ricky's daughter Molly offers a plaintive vocal and tasty dulcimer solo on "Little Drummer Boy," which is further enlivened by the rich twang of Luke Skaggs' guitar solo. The venerable Buck White (Ricky's father-in-law) has a folksy lead vocal turn on the genial holiday love song "Hangin' Round the Mistletoe," which is rendered as a loping western swing shuffle. In an inspired moment, Molly returns with a plaintive lead vocal on the Charlie Brown Christmas classic "Christmas Time Is Here," which captures the innocence and charm of the original and boasts a lush string arrangement. With Buck supplying a trilling mandolin part, Sharon White delivers a sweet, swaying, pop-country rendition of "White Christmas," complete with a dreamy string interlude from the Nashville String Machine. Homespun, warm, and sincere, A Skaggs Family Christmas figures to become a seasonal mainstay.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
If one expects to find solid acoustic picking, striking vocals, and a number of religious carols on A Skaggs Family Christmas, they would be exactly right. If one also expects the album to be something of a family affair, they would be right again. Ricky Skaggs states that the project started in the family living room and, from there, grew to include a number of holiday concerts and finally a recording. Skaggs is joined by Sharon White, Molly Skaggs, Luke Skaggs, Buck White, and the members of his band, Kentucky Thunder. The set list hits all the important seasonal high, from carefree fun ("Let It Snow") to traditional ("Little Drummer Boy") to contemporary sentiment ("Christmas Time Is Here"). There's nifty instrumental work on "Deck the Halls" and outstanding harmony on "Hangin' Round the Mistletoe" and even recitations on "The Christmas Guest." With a long list of lead vocalists from Ricky Skaggs to Sharon White to Buck White to Molly Skaggs, this is something of an all-star group. The collection, however, has none of the overtones of an all-star collection, trafficking instead in old-fashioned family values anchored by religion. For those looking for tuneful sincerity, A Skaggs Family Christmas has it by the stocking full.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Skaggs Family
UPC:
0669890201524
catalogNumber:
902015

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skaggs Family   Primary Artist
Ricky Skaggs   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals,sleigh bells
Buck White   Mandolin,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Recitation,Vocal Harmony
David Hungate   Guitar
Chris McDonald   Conductor
Jim Mills   Banjo
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Tom Roady   Percussion
Cheryl White   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sharon White   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Cody Kilby   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar,Soloist
Mark Fain   Bass,Bowed Bass
Paul Brewster   Vocal Harmony
Jim Gray   Conductor
Jeff Taylor   Piano,Accordion,Penny Whistle
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Viola,Mandola
Molly Skaggs   Dulcimer,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Luke Skaggs   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Irving Berlin   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Buck White   Liner Notes
Buddy Greene   Composer
Mark Lowry   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Brent King   Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Chris McDonald   String Arrangements
Henry Onorati   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Cheryl White   Liner Notes
Sharon White   Liner Notes
Ralph Blane   Composer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Noel Regney   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
Jim Gray   String Arrangements
Traditional   Composer
Grandpa Jones & Ramona   Composer
Judy Harris   Composer

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A Skaggs Family Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We LOVE this CD - it'll be an all time favorite for our family for many years. Excellent musicianship in all areas! Very friendly and warm.