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Christmas With the Ball Sisters Band

by The Ball Sisters Band

Christmas music from the Southern Appalachians. Traditional Christian holiday music with a mountain feel.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. What Child is This?
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2. Silent Night
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3. Do You Hear What I Hear?
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4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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5. Oh Little town of Bethlehem
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6. We Three Kings
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7. Joy to the World
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8. Frosty the Snowman
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9. Jingle Bells
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10. O Holy Night
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11. Away in a Manger
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12. Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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We are a Bluegrass and acoustic group from East Tennessee, featuring the award-winning musicianship of Jessica (fiddle) and Cris (mandolin and guitar) Ball. Their father Randy plays guitar while John Skelton plays bass for the group. We began playing as a band in 1998, and have since played 50-60 shows each year in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. We have played at festivals and shows featuring Doc Watson, Rhonda Vincent, John Hartford, Mike Seeger, The Dan Tyminski Band and John Anderson. We do Bluegrass, old-time, gospel, originals, rock and roll, waltzes, and more!

Jessica is now attending East Tennessee State University on a music scholarship, and participates in their famous Bluegrass and Country Music Program. Cris twice won the National Beginner's Flat Top Guitar Championship at Smithville, Tennessee. Randy has written several songs for the group, and has several signed with publishers. John is also an accomplished mandolin player.

Christmas With the Ball Sisters Band was originally recorded as a labor of love for family and friends. The response lead us to produce copies for commercial release, and eventually the project was repackaged by Doobie Shea Productions.

As we are all Christians, this was a very fulfilling project for us.

Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine said: "......The Ball Sisters Band evolves into a completely effective musical aggregation..."


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Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now

Singing & playing with pensive, well-mannered attitude that captures the spirit
Playing Time – 29:00 -- The Ball Sisters Band is based in Rogersville, a town in the hills of East Tennessee. Sisters Jessica and Cris play fiddle and mandolin, respectively ... and quite respectfully too I might add for young women of 18 and 15. Randy Ball, their father, plays guitar. John Skelton plays bass. On their Christmas album, they are joined by Jim Bowman on banjo, fiddle and bass. The band plays in their region of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. Jessica is now in the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Program. Cris was recently voted “most talented senior” at her high school. The Ball Sisters Band began playing as a trio in 1988, and John joined in mid-1998.

Prior to about 1980, just about every artist had a Christmas album or at least some singles ready for airplay during the holiday season. Then, radio programmers eliminated much of it from their playlists during the 80s. Since 1990, holiday releases are making a big comeback. The Ball Sisters Band holiday bluegrass project covers a number of carols in standard arrangements. One of the strengths is that they’ve included some nice instrumental harmonies on tunes like “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “O Holy Night.” It’s also a joy to hear them sing an a cappella rendition of “Joy to the World.” All members of The Ball Sisters Band are Christians, and I can tell that they enjoy playing Christmas music as well as performing their gospel music in area churches. They play and sing with pensive and well-mannered attitude, even if not always totally precise. There may be other Christmas albums that are more essential in your music library, but the Ball Sisters capture the spirit and meaning of the season. This collection will make a particularly nice gift and keepsake for their friends and family. Why not trim your tree or stuff some stockings with a few of their album? (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)