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Nashville insiders attended Trace Adkins’ final rehearsal for The Christmas Show Tour Thursday evening at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, just hours before he hit the road with his holiday living room set and 12-piece “Sarepta Symphony.” The hard-to-impress industry crowd was wowed as Adkins delivered a show that is both a one-man theatrical performance and a soul-stirring musical production for the whole family.
An expert in delivering a line, Trace deftly entertained with historical and humorous narration. Musically, Adkins’ baritone blended with the lush instrumentation of a string section, uilleann pipe and acoustic elements which perfectly complemented the Celtic-infused carols. In total – the Tour, which starts Friday, Nov. 15 at the Effingham Performance Center, honorably celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.
Among the musicians on tour are Lily Costner and Andrea Zonn, both of whom take a turn with an Adkins duet, then a solo performance. Renowned Irish ensemble, The Chieftains and Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack (who appear on Adkins’ recently released holiday album, The King’s Gift) are honored on the tour. A particularly riveting moment hits the audience as Ms. McCormack’s studio performance in Gaelic is played.
On The Christmas Show Tour, as on the album, the keyboards, and the acoustic, mandolin and bass guitars of American folk music harmonize with the uilleann pipe, penny whistle, violin, viola, cello, harp, and organ.
“The Christmas Show” Tour begins a new Adkins holiday tradition inspired by Adkins’ annual hosting duties at Disney World’s Candlelight Processional. It has always been a highlight of Trace’s year and he is thrilled to bring his own unique version of this concept on tour. Tickets can be purchased at http://kingsgift.traceadkins.com/.
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