Monday November 30, 2015
From The News & Observer
Kathy Mattea brings holiday show to Durham’s Carolina Theatre
By: Issac Weeks
There is something about this time of year that calls for acoustic concerts. Whether it’s the sun going down earlier in the day, the leaves on the ground or just the nip in the air, it feels right that performers would unplug their instruments and let the power of their voice and talent propel the performance forward.
Kathy Mattea, performing Wednesday night at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, doesn’t necessarily see her current tour in these terms. Her “Songs and the Season” program may call for more acoustic renditions of certain holiday standards, but the sheer magnitude of the music being played – as well as the number of musicians on stage – meant that the show wouldn’t be able to be truly “unplugged.”
“We’ve been doing a more acoustic set, but with the Christmas show we actually needed more players providing instrumentation, so it’s not entirely unplugged,” she explains. “It’s fun to go back and approach Christmas music this way, like making the show more percussiony…. It’s just very fun for us to mix things up in a different way and see what happens.”
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