Rodney Crowell added to Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis Holiday Shindig

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Mark Matson for American-Statesman ( 4/18/15) Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis performing at the Old Settlers Music Festival, Saturday April 18, 2015.
Mark Matson for American-Statesman ( 4/18/15) Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis performing at the Old Settlers Music Festival, Saturday April 18, 2015.

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. 2015 photo by Mark Matson for American-Statesman

Nashville luminary Rodney Crowell will be the special guest at Austin country couple Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ annual Holiday Shindig on Dec. 19 at the Paramount Theatre.

A native Texan who regularly topped the country charts in the late 1980s — his album “Diamonds & Dirt” produced an unprecedented five consecutive No. 1 singles — Crowell has turned toward Americana music in recent years. His 2013 album with Emmylou Harris, “Old Yellow Moon,” won a Grammy for Best Americana Album.

Willis and Robison captured last year’s Paramount holiday concert, which featured special guests Joe Ely and Shawn Colvin, on video for a special that will air in December on PBS stations, including Austin’s KLRU.

“We wanted to share a piece of this show that is so near and dear to our hearts with everyone so they can see how truly special the experience is,” ­Willis said. They’ll also be releasing a live song from the 2014 event, “Born to Roll,” as a single.

This year’s show will be taped as well. Tickets run $30-$53 via the Paramount’s website. The Austin concert is the last in a statewide holiday tour for the duo that begins Dec. 4 at Gruene Hall and includes stops in Fort Worth, Houston, Abilene and Dallas.


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