Everywhere one looks, the holiday season is well underway. Christmas lights are blinking, stocking are hanging, shoppers are abound, and those awesome Little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes are available once again (yum)! Heck, you may have already put the tree up in your living room. Yes, that holiday feeling is in the air and festivities are taking place all around.
At The Paramount, Christmas is getting a Lone Star spin with a holiday show by Austin country musicians Bruce Robison and his wife, Kelly Willis. They’re practically royalty in the realm of Texas Hill Country music, and are performing at the Theatre. Also featuring “The Band of Heathens,” the duo will hold court in Texas’s grandest venue to celebrate the season. Forget about eggnog or chocolate-covered cherries, this is a real Christmas treat.
Bruce Robison is a singer/songwriter raised in the heart of Texas. An accomplished country singer in his own right, he has also penned successful hits for the likes of The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and the legendary George Strait.
Born in Oklahoma and raised in Virigina, Kelly Willis moved to Austin after high school to launch her musical ambitions. After a roller-coaster ride (and whirlwind marketing) with major labels early in her career, she later settled into her comfort zone and etched her niche as one of Texas country music’s darlings.
Robison and Willis dated for a few years before getting married in 1996 and have four children together. A few years ago, they released a cover album of Christmas songs, “Happy Holidays.” Annually they pepper the state with their winter concerts. This time of year, their appearances spread as much joy to Texans as Santa Claus himself.
Curious? Well, take a gander at these clips:
Here’s one from a local Austin TV station on November 18th of this year.
Or how about this one from a past concert? Appropriate because… as I write at this moment… baby, it’s cold outside.
From these two examples alone, one can see how sweet and cozy their melody is. The show promises to be just the thing for this chilly season in Austin. Like a warm blanket, Willis and Robison will wrap audiences up in that country dance hall charm. Their music is comfort food for Texan hearts, offering a refreshing new take on holiday classics. Soon, Christmas fun at The Paramount Theatre will get a Texas-sized upgrade. They will be rocking around the Christmas tree, and we all will be dancing merrily in the new old fashioned way.
Sounds pretty incredible to me. Dare I say it? It may be even better than (gasp!) one of those Little Debbie treats.
Put the cake down and come see Austin royalty spread holiday spirit. The Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison Holiday Show will perform at The Paramount on Thursday, December 9th at 8:00 p.m.