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Woodstock has no problem 'Finding Christmas' with Bryan White
Bryan White concluded his brief stint of 2012 Christmas shows at the Woodstock Opera House on Dec. 29, 2012 presented by Erik Borman. The intimate show was filled with many Bryan White hits, Christmas song favorites and stories of community, family and tradition. Anna Johnson opened the show with a heartwarming performance that set a cheerful tone for the evening.
The night marked the fourth Bryan White performance at the Woodstock Opera House in as many years. A seemingly match-made-in-heaven given White's strong affinity for the Bill Murray classic film, "Groundhog Day," that was filmed in the town a couple hours north of Chicago.
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White's set opened with a handful of non-holiday originals before transitioning into songs that fit the Christmas-themed evening. He began with "Sittin' On Go," "Look at Me Now" and "Rebecca Lynn" on a stage that was adorned with snowflakes and a small Peanuts display that included stockings that referenced his sons, Justin and Jackson.
Woodstock has a love for White that is clearly reciprocated by the award-winning singer/songwriter. Shortly into the show White stated, "I have to say this is the show that I greatly anticipate every year. The excitement in just getting on the plane and coming here is awesome...I feel like I'm embraced here, I feel like I'm a transplant."
White dedicated "Love is the Right Place" to the victims of Newtown, Conn. He later added that "songs take on a whole new meaning" around the holidays while being away from one's family before he performed "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
A highlight of the evening occurred when he reminisced about family and said, "When we grow up and become adults sometimes it's really easy for Christmas to sort of lose its luster and we get caught up and buried underneath a lot of cynicism or bitterness here and there...I wrote this song because I wanted to capture the emotion [of family] and I wanted them to sing on it with me too," referring to his sons backing vocals on his holiday original, "Finding Christmas."
Joined by Jimmy Butler (keyboards), Monte Booker (drums), Erik Borman (guitar) and Dan Hogan (bass), the intimate nature of the show felt more like a living room with friends than a ticketed concert. White frequently joked with the audience and told his bandmates to "take five" while he went off on an impromptu instrumental jam session before playing "Christmastime is Here" and the Peanuts classic "Linus and Lucy."
As the evening was drawing to a close, White thanked his grandfather as a prelude to "Dustbowl Dreams" and continued with "So Much for Pretending." Family friend, Erin Borman, gave a reading of the biblical "Christmas Story" and White then finished the show with "Our Savior is Born."
Happy New Year from BryanWhite.com
As we count the blessings of 2012, we are happy to include you at the top of the list! Thank you for your continued love and support for Bryan and his music. It's been a great year and we are looking forward to 2013!
From Bryan and his entire team, we wish you much happiness, good health, prosperity and very blessed new year!
Thank you, Oklahoma for another great Christmas tour -- Looking forward to 2013
Thank you Oklahoma - our third annual Christmas tour was a big success and we are already looking forward to next year! We wish you and yours a very Merry and blessed Christmas and New Year!
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Bryan White 'sleighs' crowd with Christmas concert - Lawton Constitution
By: Charlie Clark
The Second Annual "A Bryan White Christmas" was a gift enjoyed by a nearly full house Friday at Cameron University Theatre.
Grammy Award-winning country music singer, songwriter, guitarist Bryan White, now of Nashville, Tenn., is originally from Lawton; his drummer, Monte Booker still lives here; his dad lives in Hobart. Family, friends and plenty of fans added to the concert that felt like a holiday homecoming.
"My show is usually a lot more rock'n'roll," White said from the stage, "but we're doing a lot of Christmas songs tonight."
Still, his version of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and from the TV animation favorite ""A Charlie Brown Christmas" "Linus & Lucy" and "Christmastime," had the audience waving arms and clapping along.
White had said in an earlier interview that it was going to be a "laid back" show, and the relaxed atmosphere made it a comfortable evening.
Opening act was award-winning inspirational country artist Steve Richard. Richard's Southern drawl and strong selection of original works made him a crowd pleaser. It didn't hurt that he gave away copies of his CD "Up To Somthin'" to three lucky members of the audience. With two acoustic musicians backing him, the gifted vocalist delivered on his No. 1 hit "Eighty Acre Church" and a half-hour of songs, concluding with "Silent Night