A Skaggs Family Christmas, Vol. 2

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Six years after the first volume, Ricky Skaggs returns with A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol. 2, a ten-song CD that features both studio and live recordings. A bonus DVD, A Skaggs Family Christmas Live, is also included in the package, which presents the family's holiday concert filmed live in at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Six years after the first volume, Ricky Skaggs returns with A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol. 2, a ten-song CD that features both studio and live recordings. A bonus DVD, A Skaggs Family Christmas Live, is also included in the package, which presents the family's holiday concert filmed live in at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Skaggs Family
  • UPC: 669890101220
  • Catalog Number: 901012
  • Sales rank: 10,242


Disc 1
  1. 1 Christmas Time's a Coming (2:49)
  2. 2 Light of the Stable (2:50)
  3. 3 The First Noel (3:15)
  4. 4 What Songs Were Sung (6:51)
  5. 5 Silent Night - The Nashville Strings (3:40)
  6. 6 Flight To Egypt - The Nashville Strings (5:20)
  7. 7 Reunion Song (3:51)
  8. 8 Children Go (2:27)
  9. 9 Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel (5:17)
  10. 10 Joy To the World - The Nashville Strings (1:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Christmas Time is Coming - Rachel Leftwich
  2. 2 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Rachel Leftwich
  3. 3 New Star Shining - Rachel Leftwich
  4. 4 Away In a Manger - Rachel Leftwich
  5. 5 The First Noel - Rachel Leftwich
  6. 6 Children Go - Rachel Leftwich
  7. 7 Hangin' Around the Mistletoe - Rachel Leftwich
  8. 8 Winter Wonderland - Rachel Leftwich
  9. 9 Santa Claus is Coming To Town - Rachel Leftwich
  10. 10 Light of the Stable - Rachel Leftwich
  11. 11 Little Drummer Boy - Rachel Leftwich
  12. 12 What Child is This - Rachel Leftwich
  13. 13 Mary Did You Know - Rachel Leftwich
  14. 14 Go Tell It On the Mountain - Rachel Leftwich
  15. 15 The Christmas Guest - Rachel Leftwich
  16. 16 White Christmas - Rachel Leftwich
  17. 17 Deck the Halls - Rachel Leftwich
  18. 18 Go Thee Down - Rachel Leftwich
  19. 19 Love Came Gently - Rachel Leftwich
  20. 20 What Songs Were Sung - Rachel Leftwich
  21. 21 Flight To Egypt - Rachel Leftwich
  22. 22 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Rachel Leftwich
  23. 23 Do You Hear What I Hear - Rachel Leftwich
  24. 24 Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel - Rachel Leftwich
  25. 25 Joy To the World - Rachel Leftwich
  26. 26 Joy To the World - Rachel Leftwich
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ricky Skaggs Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Soloist, Vocal Harmony
Jack Jezzro Double Bass
Buck White Mandolin, Bass (Vocal)
David Davidson Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
John Gardner Drums
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Dirk Johnson Musician
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Jim Mills Banjo
Tom Roady Percussion, Musician
Julia Tanner Cello
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Cheryl White Bass, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sharon White Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Cody Kilby Guitar, Musician
Charles Dixon Violin
Mark Fain Bass, Musician
Paul Brewster Musician, Vocal Harmony
Wei Tsun Chang Violin
Monisa Angell Viola
Julie Tanner Cello
Jim Gray Conductor
Carrie Bailey Violin
Jeff Taylor Accordion
Dave Angell Violin
Andy Leftwich Fiddle, Musician
Molly Skaggs Piano, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sarighani Reist Cello
Joel Reist Double Bass
Jason Fitz Violin
Carole Rabinowitz Cello
Pam Sixfin Violin
Craig Nelson Double Bass
Luke Skaggs Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Seanad Chang Viola
Cathy Umstead Violin
Eddie Faris Musician
Conni Ellisor Violin, Concert Master
Lynn Pytheman Cello
Katherine Lehman Violin
Kate Meyer Violin
John Hughy Steel Guitar
Darin Vincent Vocal Harmony
Rachel Leftwich Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Ricky Skaggs Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
John Jacob Niles Composer
Brent King Engineer, Remixing
Tex Logan Composer
Gene MacLellan Composer
Steven Rhymer Composer
Bud Phillips Stage Manager
Mike King Camera Operator
Larry Boothby Camera Operator
Elizabeth Rhymer Composer
Traditional Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Molly Skaggs Arranger
Brian Wagner Marketing
Les Banks Engineer
Luke Skaggs Arranger, Composer
Tom Zaleski Camera Operator
Matt Coale Director
Lisaann Dupont Publicity
John Lee Camera Operator
Charlotte Scott Producer
Billy Paul Jones Producer
Annie Hallquist Make-Up Assistant
Rachel Leftwich Arranger
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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Eclectic album covers much territory ... bonus DVD appreciated!

    As families gather for the holidays, I'd love to have the extended Skaggs Family joyously singing and playing live in our home. The next best thing, "A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume Two" includes both a ten-track CD of both live and studio recordings, and a bonus DVD with 26 songs. The CD features a combination of seasonal favorites (such as an a cappella live trio rendition of "The First Noel" and gospel quartet arrangement of "Children Go") along with new compositions (such as Luke Skaggs' instrumental "Flight to Egypt"). The contemporary "Reunion Song" is a sturdy showcase for consummate musician Ricky's vocal and multi-instrumental talents. Written by Gene MacLellan, the lyrical country number is tastefully rendered with sweet electric guitar, pedal steel, and drums in the mix. It's also a pleasure when a family album is presented in such a way that all members of the clan can share in the performance with love and delight. Molly Skaggs demonstrates her piano and vocal proficiencies on "What Songs Were Sung," and Cheryl and Sharon White alternate lead and harmony vocals on "Light of the Stable." Featuring the next generation, Luke & Molly Skaggs and their cousin Rachel Leftwich present "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel" with minimal guitar accompaniment and a vocal purity that is a heart of the season.

    Conducted by Jim Gray, The Nashville Strings make their aurally pleasurable appearance on three cuts (Silent Night, Flight to Egypt, Joy to the World). As their fluid instrumental arrangement of "Joy to the World" closes the album, it's interesting to note how this eclectic album has covered so much territory in so little time. It ranges from the three tracks with a cappella vocalizing or minimal guitar to the sounds of an entire orchestra. I must admit that I missed the crescendo of a Heavenly choir proclaiming the refrain on "Joy to the World," but that can be heard on the separate DVD. And don't expect this to be anything close to a bluegrass album, but enjoy the members of Kentucky Thunder as they pick the classic written by Tex Logan, "Christmas Time's A Coming," for the CD's opening salvo. As I pointed out in 2005 after reviewing Volume One, I'm most grateful for the Skaggs Family's loyal support of the bluegrass genre, and it might have been nice to tap the traditional bluegrass repertoire for even additional material. I'm still left to imagine contemporary Skaggs Family arrangements of Ralph Stanley's "Jesus Christ is Born," "Holiday Pickin'" or perhaps "Christmas is Near." Or how about a cover of Virginia Stauffer's "That's Christmas Time to Me," partly in tribute to Ricky's mentor, Bill Monroe?

    Let's rejoice that the Skaggs Family is so sharing of their memorable music and superior talent with us during this special and celebratory time of the year. The 26-song DVD (capturing a live Nashville performance) is certainly appreciated too. It includes all of the songs on Volume Two's CD except for "Silent Night," along with many of the favorites that appear on Volume One. I particularly enjoyed those numbers on the DVD that haven't been released by the Skaggs Family on CD yet (New Star Shining, Winter Wonderland, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Go Tell it on the Mountain). We can rest assured that these four songs will most likely appear in a few years when the Skaggs Family creates a third volume of melodious music for their holiday gift to us. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)

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