WYNONNA AND NAOMI JUDD RETURN TO THEIR ROOTS ON THE 68TH ANNUALSANTA TRAINNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music legendsWynonna and Naomi Judd, who have both ridden the Santa Train individually, will revisit their Appalachian home together when they join CSX, Food City, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and Kids Wish Network as special guests on the 2010 Santa Train on November 20.
The Appalachia natives will be kicking off their highly anticipated self-proclaimed final tour, The Judds: The Last Encore, the day after Thanksgiving. The Judds’ farewell concert series will feature brand-new music, including their first single in 10 years, “I Will Stand By You,” while also mixing in 25 years of duets and Wynonna solo hits for their fans. The GRAMMY award-winning duo has not toured together since their 2000 Power to Changetour.
Naomi rode the Santa Train in 2005 and passed the tradition on to her daughter, Wynonna, who was the 2009 guest.
“Sharing the joy of the holiday season with children who are growing up in a place so close to my heart is something that I am so honored and humbled to have the opportunity to do,” Wynonna said. “Participating in the Santa Train with my mother makes it even more special to me.”
The Santa Train will make 14 stops in the mountains of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee on Saturday, November 20. The Judds, along with Santa Claus and volunteers from CSX, Food City, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and Kids Wish Network, will deliver 15 tons of toys – more than $300,000 worth – to thousands of residents who live along the route. This year will commemorate the 68thanniversary of theSanta Train.
“We are honored to have an amazing duo like The Judds aboard this year’s Santa Train,” said Tori Kaplan, director of corporate citizenship and special events for CSX. “We know they will bring a special touch to theSanta Train, and further brighten the spirits of Appalachian residents during the holiday season.”
Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and Travis Tritt are a few of the past celebrity guests who have participated in the Santa Train. Several governors, U.S. senators, representatives, and other local, state and federal officials have also participated in this annual event.
“The Santa Train means so much to the city of Kingsport,” Miles Burdine, Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said. “We are truly glad The Judds are revisiting their roots. Having this dynamic mother-daughter duo adds a special family feeling to the legacy of this great event.”
“Being able to be a part of this project is a privilege for Food City, and we are pleased to share it with The Judds this year,” said Ed Moore, Kingsport’s Food City manager. “These wonderful, giving women will bring joy to all of their hometown fans.”
“Kids Wish Network is excited to be a first-time sponsor for this amazing event,” Barbara Askin, Kids Wish Network director of distribution, said. “We are ready to bring smiles and warm holiday memories to the children and families of Appalachia.”
For updates about the Santa Train, visit its Facebook page (The Santa Train) and follow @TheSantaTrain on Twitter. E-mail Leigh Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org for a photo of The Judds.
About CSX Corporation
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a leading transportation company providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company’s transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles with service to 23 Eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company’s website, www.csx.com.
About the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
The Kingsport (Tenn.) Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit business organization comprising nearly 1,000 members. The Kingsport Chamber’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, visit www.kingsportchamber.org or call (423) 392-8800. We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.
About Food City
Headquartered in Abingdon, Va., K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc., operates 93 Food City and 12 Super Dollar Discount Foods retail outlets throughout the tri-state region of southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. K-VA-T ranked 39thon Progressive Grocer’s 2007 list of “America’s 50 Largest Supermarket Chains,” 55thon Supermarket News’ “Top 75 North American Food Retailers” (January 2007) and 269thon Forbes magazine’s “List of the largest privately held companies” in 2006. Visit Food City’s website,www.foodcity.com, for more information.
About Kids Wish Network
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories and improving the quality of life for children. Headquartered in Holiday, Fla., Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for thousands of children all over the country since 1997. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.
About The Judds
Kentucky natives The Judds are one of the most successful country music duos of all time – amassing 14 number-one hits and more than 60 industry awards including multiple CMA, ACM and GRAMMY awards. After launching their career with Curb/RCA Records in 1984, The Judds sold 20 million albums in just six short years. By 1989, The Judds were one of the top-grossing and most popular touring acts in America. But at the height of their career, Naomi Judd announced she would have to retire from the music business due to health complications. To say goodbye to their fans, they launched the 116-city Judds Farewell Tour selling more concert tickets than anyone that year with the exception of The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones. Nearly 10 years after Naomi’s health turned around, the pair reunited on Dec. 31, 1999, for a New Year’s gala performance, and a reunion tour in 2000. They came together again at last year’s 2009 CMA Music Festival and captivated the massive audience with their homespun, acoustic harmonies that felt as revelatory as they did when they first shot onto the country music scene 26 years ago. Encouraged by that performance and driven by the fans, the duo decided to tour one last time for 2010’s The Judds: The Last Encore.
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