Bogguss to highlight Christmas season with stop in Lebanon

Angie Mayes • Updated Dec 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Tony Bates Ford and the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon will present “A Suzy Bogguss A Swingin’ Little Christmas” on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

The show is part of a seven-show tour that Bogguss planned this year. She tries to do a small tour each season to celebrate the season.

“This is a little tour that I’ve don’t for years around Christmas,” she said. “We do seven to 12 shows a year. This year, we’re going to Annapolis, Philadelphia, Boston, Long Island, Atlanta, Knoxville and, of course, Lebanon. We’ve played around some of these places for years. One year, we went to the Midwest. Another year, we went to Texas.”

The title of her show is a “A Swingin’ Little Christmas,” which leans itself to her love of swing music.

“I’ve recorded two Christmas albums in the past and about half the music on each of the albums has a swing sensibility,” she said. “I’ve found that some of the standards, especially the jolly ones, tend to lend themselves to a jazzier, swing style, which is based on the 1930s or 1940s style of nostalgic music. That makes the show lively and fun.”

During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s, Bogguss sold four million records with sparkling radio hits like “Outbound Plane,” “Someday Soon,” “Letting Go” and “Drive South.” 

In the midst of her country popularity, she took time off to make a duets album with the legendary Chet Atkins. In 2003, she made an album of modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. An album of original music in 2007 landed her at No. 4 on the jazz charts. 

Bogguss said Christmas is one of her favorite times of the year because it reminds her of growing up in northwest Illinois and singing in the church choir.

“We had snow, and our family all sang in the choir,” she said. “My mind harbors to those thoughts, and when I’m on stage, I’m thinking about how sentimental and joyful I am about the season. I love it mostly for the joy of it. We get to forget about everything else and just enjoy the season.”

Her show is interactive to the point that she will go into the crowd and sing with the audience.

“I will walk up to people and stick the microphone in front of them and have them sing with me,” she said.  “Some of them are great singers. The best times for me are the people who look like they are the Grinch, but when they start singing, they begin to have a good time. That makes it worth getting to sing during this tour. I don’t often get to play out here because I live in Franklin, so this is a thrill for me. I hope people come and have a good time.”

For tickets and more information, visit capitoltheatretn.com. For more information about Bogguss, visit suzybogguss.com.


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