Celebration Of Life is the title of an upcoming two CD release from Skaggs Family Records to benefit the St. Jude Children”s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. It is a live recording from the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival, and like the performances at the festival itself, the artists on the CD have donated their music so that 100% of the net proceeds can be given to the folks at St. Jude.
The 37 tracks include offerings from the biggest names in bluegrass, plus some unique groupings of artists from different bands. Starting with 3 Fox Drive’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner through Tony Rice’s powerful guitar arrangement of Shenandoah, the listener will be treated to the work of 139 different musicians who have given of their time and talents for this cause.
Major contributors on the CDs include: Rhonda Vincent, BlueRidge, Marty Raybon, Ronnie Bowman, Blue Highway, Randy Kohrs, IIIrd Tyme Out, Seldom Scene, Lonesome River Band, James King, Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Grascals, Larry Cordle, Dan Tyminski, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bryan Sutton, Alecia Nugent, Don Rigsby and many others.
The folks at Skaggs Family Records are proud to play a part in this special benefit project, and give particular credit to Darrel Adkins, who personal family tragedy brought the Columbus, OH festival where the project was recorded into existence.
“Darrel Adkins and his family are the founders of the non-profit organization; their daughter Mandy received treatment at St. Jude but unfortunately lost the battle at age 21. “
Celebration Of Life is set to be released in April of 2006, and will available through many popular music resellers, and the Skaggs Family web site. No audio samples available yet, but we will post more details as the release date draws near.