What better way to kick off the Christmas season than with a warm welcome at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for Lady Antebellum’s very first Christmas special — On This Winter’s Night. Friends and I grabbed drinks and had a second to instagram the Nashville skyline from the Schermerhorn balcony before taking our seats.
As if the symphony center needed any accoutrements to add to its grandeur, the stage was glowing with twinkle lights, the trees were flocked, and the fans were eager to hear the country music trio share their treasured Christmas memories and songs. Hillary told the audience that she and her sister still get new PJ’s on Christmas Eve, Charles thanked his wife for making his favorite holiday cider and Dave revealed the recipe for the traditional Haywood divinity. They each had their families in the audience making the concert even more special: holiday, family, and home.
If I could post video, omgosh I would. But really you have to watch the show tonight on GAC (8 p.m. ET). There will be even more in the TV version that was filmed ahead of time, so even the live audience hasn’t seen the whole show.
The best part of a live taping (at least for me) is the hilarity that happens when the cameras are off. These three were in rare form keeping us all entertained in between takes with short riffs of Mustang Sally and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.” I was just waiting for Charles to trail off into one of his crazy Aunt Bella sketches.
But that’s what you won’t see when the Christmas special airs.
What you will see: a glimpse of the W.O. Smith School of Music choir joining in on the title track, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra adding the most elegant touch to Christmas classics, and all of us in the audience clapping along to their rendition of Blue Christmas. My personal favorite, Silent Night, was the most gorgeous of all.
If you forget to Tivo, catch the repeat (the sounding joy?) December 6 and 8.
Also watch for Lady Antebellum on the CMA Country Christmas show on December 20 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, then again on December 22 and 23!
— Valerie Hammond, Web Editor/Graphic Designer/Instagram Addict