Tinsel & Twang: A Merry-cana Christmas

Tinsel & Twang: A Merry-cana Christmas

We are super excited to present our swinging holiday show, Tinsel & Twang: A Merry-cana Christmas, once again in 2018.

As the show’s title suggests, we play a wide array of holiday music in country-related styles, including bluegrass, Western Swing, contemporary folk, county swing, and classic country, of course. Tinsel & Twang features seasonal standards and comedy numbers, songs by country legends Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline, Western Swing renditions of Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser hits, and Charlie Brown’s Christmas theme with a wild bluegrass twist.

We are staging  Tinsel & Twang at three area venues in December. Two of the shows are with the full band, The Dang-Its that is, along with some formidable guest star power. First, our incomparable former band mate Jami Lampkins is joining us for these shows. Longtime fans of The Dang-Its remember Jami (2009-2015) as a triple threat; wonderful vocalist, guitarist, and banjo player. It will be soooo good to make music with Jami again! Second, one of Madison’s music gems, Chris Wagoner, will complete the ensemble on violin, mandolin, and vocals. I know of no musician who exudes more musical joy than Chris. He lights up every stage he’s on.  Jami, Chris, and I will join regular band members Matt Rodgers (upright bass), Mark Luhring (drums), and Rick Nass (pedal steel guitar). Note: you’ll hear a lot of holiday music this season, but you won’t hear much with the pure and moving sound of a pedal steel guitar, unless….

Early rehearsals have been great fun and I know our shows will feature exciting and powerful performances of holiday music from the traditional to the unexpected.

See our calendar (“Shows”) on this site for all performance details. Merry Christmas.

Tom Waselchuk