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November 25th, 2011 3:16 pm by Associated Press

VARIOUS ARTISTS, "A Skaggs Family Celebration: Volume Two," Skaggs Family Records. CD 10 tracks, DVD 26 tracks.

"A Skaggs Family Christmas" is a two-fer — a Christmas CD and a DVD for one price.

It comes six years after 2005's "Volume One."

But it's worth the wait.

The CD makes good background music during the holidays as well as some good sing-along time in the car. The two-hour DVD makes for a pleasant evening of TV watching around the Christmas tree.

It's not exactly a bluegrass package. There's bluegrass on it, but you'll also hear some country, western swing and even a little classical music with The Nashville Strings.

The CD features 10 tracks — a mix of studio and live recordings — of Christmas songs.

The DVD was shot in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium last year as the final stop on the the Skaggs Family's eighth annual Christmas tour.

It features Ricky Skaggs, The Whites (his wife, Sharon, father-in-law, Buck, and sister-in-law, Cheryl), the Skaggs adult children (Molly and Luke) and niece (Rachel Leftwich), Skaggs' band, Kentucky Thunder, and The Nashville Strings.

The songs include a mixture of secular and sacred carols.

It's a good package for Skaggs' fans as well as fans of country Christmases.

Can't find it in stores?


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