Christmas with the Ball Sisters Band
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...'