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Dec 12, 2014

Kenny Rogers brings Christmas show to town

December 12, 2014

Donna Isbell Walker, [email protected] 11:17 a.m. EST December 9, 2014

Over the past three decades, Kenny Rogers has quietly transformed himself into a Christmas perennial.

He has recorded holiday albums, even co-authored a book, "Christmas in Canaan."

But it's on the concert stage that Rogers makes the biggest yuletide impression. The country singer comes to the Peace Center Tuesday with his Christmas & Hits Through the Years show. This year marks Rogers' 33rd holiday tour.

The show, which features singer Linda Davis, will shine a sparkly spotlight on songs of the season. That means fans can expect to hear sacred songs like "O Holy Night," along with secular chestnuts such as "White Christmas," plus a few Rogers holiday originals.

For the "hits through the years" portion of the show, Rogers, who's now 76, has an extensive catalog from which to choose. Rogers is a three-time Grammy winner, and two of those awards were for a couple of his most iconic songs, "Lucille" and "The Gambler."

While he has no doubt performed those songs, as well as tunes like "You Decorated My Life" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," thousands of times, Rogers is happy to play them one more time, he recently told Rolling Stone Country.

"Somebody asked me, 'Do you ever get tired of doing your hits?' and I said, 'No, I don't want to be the guy who walks out of there without them,'" Rogers told Rolling Stone Country earlier this year. "There is something comforting about knowing that you have something to offer."