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.