The Judds Hop on Board the Santa Train
In the early 1980s, mother and daughter duo, the Judds, left their Kentucky home and rode a fast train to country-music success. Now, this holiday season as they reunite for a final tour together, they're riding the actual rails, on the 'Santa Train.'
On Saturday, November 20, less than a week before they kick off the Last Encore tour, Naomi and Wynonna, who have in the past ridden the Santa Train individually, will revisit their Appalachian home together as special guests on the 2010 Santa Train. Naomi rode the train in 2005 and passed the tradition on to her daughter, Wynonna, who was the 2009 guest.
The Santa Train will make 14 stops in the mountains of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee on November 20, where the Judds, along with Santa Claus and volunteers from CSX, Food City, the Kingsport (Tenn.) 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 marks the 68th anniversary of the Santa Train.
"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."
Past celebrity guests on the Santa Train have included Alison Krauss, Kathy Mattea, Travis Tritt and Patty Loveless, who even recorded a holiday tune about the annual event, called 'Santa Train,' in 2002.
The Judds' farewell concert series, launching Friday, November 26, in Green Bay, Wis., will feature new music, including the award-winning duo's first single in 10 years, 'I Will Stand By You,' while also including 25 years of duets and Wynonna solo hits.