Adkins readies Xmas tour
Friday, November 15, 2013
– Trace Adkins' played to industry insiders at his final rehearsal for The Christmas Show Tour last night at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, just hours before he hit the road with his holiday living room set and 12-piece Sarepta Symphony.
Atkins entertained with historical and humorous narration. Musically, Adkins' baritone blended with the instrumentation of a string section, uilleann pipe and acoustic elements which perfectly complemented the Celtic-infused carols. In total - the Tour, which starts tonight at the Effingham Performance Center in Illinois.
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. The Chieftains and Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack (who appear on Adkins' recently released holiday album, "The King's Gift") are honored on the tour.
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.
Tour dates are:
Nov. 15 Effingham, IL Effingham Performance Center
Nov. 16 Van Wert, OH Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Nov. 17 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre
Nov. 19 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Nov. 21 Shippensburg, PA H. Ric Luhrs PAC - Shippensburg Univ.
Nov. 22 Utica, NY Stanley Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 23 Sewell, NJ TD Banks Arts Center
Nov. 29 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Nov. 30 Wallingford, CT Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
Dec. 1 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
Dec. 3 Troy, OH Hobart
Dec. 4 Youngstown, OH Coveli Center
Dec. 5 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre
Dec. 13 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic
Dec. 14 Onamia, MN Grand Casino Mille Lacs
Dec. 15 Carmel, IN Palladium @ Carmel Center
Dec. 17 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live at Seminole
Dec. 18 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckhert Hall
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