Country duo Maddie & Tae will be the special guests on the 76th running of the CSX Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 17.
First breaking out in 2013 with their Platinum-selling, No. 1 hit, “Girl In A Country Song,” the award-winning duo is back with new music. Their new single, “Friends Don’t,” “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row” (Rolling Stone), is giving fans a taste of what to expect from their highly anticipated forthcoming sophomore album. The pair has also been tapped to join Carrie Underwood’s 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360.
“What the CSX Santa Train has done for 75 years is incredible, and we’re so excited to be part of it this year,” said Maddie & Tae. “We can’t wait to pass out toys and help spread a bit of Christmas cheer.”
Each year since 1942, CSX’s Santa Train has embarked on a journey from Shelby, Ky., to Kingsport, Tenn., to spread holiday cheer, passing out gifts to families in cities along the route. The Santa Train makes 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, delivering toys, food and winter clothing to hundreds of residents along the way. Maddie & Tae will accompany Santa Claus and event sponsors CSX, Food City, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Appalachian Power and Soles 4 Souls on the 110-mile trek.
“We always look forward to announcing our special guests, and having Maddie & Tae on the train will be a special treat for those along the route,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of CSX Corporate Communications. “They are having a great year, and we are thrilled they could take time out of their schedule to be part of the event.”
Fans can use the hashtag #CSXSantaTrain18 to follow the train online and engage in the Santa Train conversation on social media.
About the Santa Train: Now in its 76th year, the Santa Train operates along a 110-mile route through Appalachia, making 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee to distribute more than 15 tons of toys and other items to Appalachian families. The Santa Train is sponsored by CSX, Food City, Appalachian Power, Soles 4 Souls and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Please visit http://www.beyondourrails.org/index.cfm/events/santa-train/ for more information, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Maddie & Tae: Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their new single “Friends Don’t.” “The sound is identifiable while still representing a distinct step forward” (Billboard), giving fans a taste of what to expect from their highly anticipated forthcoming full-length album. Maddie & Tae made a splash with their debut single, “Girl In A Country Song,” a brilliant take-down of bro-country, which took country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going Platinum. The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the country airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards, along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. Receiving widespread praise from NPR, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Glamour and others, country music’s hottest stars including Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road. For additional information, please visit www.maddieandtae.com. Visit their Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter @maddieandtae.
About CSX: CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
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