Ricky Skaggs Family Christmas feat. The Whites

When: Thu., Dec. 22, 7 p.m. 2011

Heading for their 10th year of Christmas shows, the (Ricky) Skaggs Family has found a nice balance of satisfyingly familiar elements set off by some new additions, mostly from the just-released Skaggs Family Christmas Volume Two, which comes complete with a DVD of the show that was filmed at The Ryman. Still mourning the death of percussionist Tom Roady, who unexpectedly passed away early in the show’s brief 2011 tour, the cast is nevertheless as simpatico — and stunningly talented — as ever, with the young generation (Luke Skaggs, Molly Skaggs and Rachel Leftwich) carrying their fair and growing share of the work; for one thing, it turns out that the Skaggs kids in particular have inherited their dad’s multi-instrumental propensity. The whole affair is so well done that even the grinchiest foot soldier in the war on Christmas would have to show his appreciation from the audience.

Jon Weisberger

Price: $29-$59


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