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Wynonna launches holiday tour

Thursday, November 5, 2009 – For the third year in a row Wynonna will bring holiday cheer to 15 cities across the country with A Classic Christmas tour, named after her 2006 Top 10 Billboard country album. The tour starts Nov. 28 in Hershey, P and concludes Dec. 20 in Las Vegas.

"I take great comfort in tradition, and I have always loved the season of Christmas," Wynonna said of her Christmas album. "What the spirit of Christmas means to me is faith, family and fellowship. I'm excited to share those gifts with my fans on the road this year."

The Palmetto State Quartet will join Wynonna on background vocals for the tour. The quartet is led by Wynonna's pop, Larry Strickland, former member of The Stamps, Elvis Presley's background quartet. Wynonna and PSQ have blended their voices on many occasions including her recent appearance on the Gospel Music Channel's 'Front Row Live' series and her current studio album, "Sing: Chapter 1."

On her Dec. 4 stop at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, local high school and college students will visit Wynonna in conjunction with the GRAMMY SoundCheck series. The students will have the opportunity to tour the venue and sit in on Wynonna's sound check, spending some one-on-one time with her during a private Q&A session.

Tour dates are:

Nov. 28 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre

Nov. 29 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand at Foxwoods

Dec. 1 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Theatre

Dec. 4 Austin Paramount Theatre

Dec. 5 Robinsonville, MS Sam's Town Casino

Dec. 6 Tulsa, OK Million Dollar Elm Casino

Dec. 8 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center

Dec. 9 Columbia, MO Jesse Auditorium

Dec. 10 Elizabeth, IN Horseshoe Casino

Dec. 11 Detroit Motor City Casino Hotel

Dec. 12 Michigan City, IN Blue Chip Casino Hotel

Dec. 13 Arnold, MO Rickman Auditorium

Dec. 15 Fort Worth, TX Bass Performance Hall

Dec. 18 Choctaw, MS Silver Star Hotel and Casino

Dec. 19-20 Las Vegas Las Vegas Hilton Theatre

Wynonna will also revisit her Appalachian childhood on November 21 just before the start of her tour where she will join CSX, Food City and the Kingsport, Tenn. Area Chamber of Commerce as their special guest to participate in the 67th annual CSX Santa Train.

"I decided to ride the Santa Train this year because I want for my children to experience as much as they can. I also want to teach them about other people and what their life experiences are like," Wynonna said.

The Santa Train will make 14 stops in the mountains of Kentucky, Judd's home state, Virginia and Tennessee. Wynonna, along with Santa Claus and volunteers will deliver 15 tons of toys, including 6 pallets donated by the Children's Miracle Network, to thousands of residents who live along the route.

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Sing CD review - Sing
Wynonna is using the occasion of her 25 years in the music business to release a collection of music that has captured a significant memory in her life. She is hoping that it does the same for the listeners. The only problem is that often there isn't any special feeling that comes, either from her vocal presentation or from the musical arrangements. True, there is just one truly horrible moment, the rendition of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. »»»
A Classic Christmas CD review - A Classic Christmas
Wynonna's first Christmas album as a solo singer is a truly great album with great music from start to finish. She does a fine job with the upbeat songs. She approaches "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" with a jazzy vocal that complements the light-hearted lyrics. But she really shines on the ballads. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is one highlight. The production is unobtrusive, and Wynonna's deep, rich voice is perfectly »»»
What The World Needs Now Is Love
Wynonna has a readymade prescription for the planet's ills with her latest, but hers is not that old Bacharach/David pain killer of a pop song, but a new track by Lamar/James. This timely composition may have a completely different melody and also a little overt banjo running through it, but its lyrical wish for, "Love and only love," and "A little help from above," preaches pretty much the same sentiment as old, albeit in a different package. Love of the heavenly kind is a theme that runs from »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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