Vince & Amy on the Road for Christmas

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Vince Gill looks forward to his annual Christmas tour with wife Amy Grant, but perhaps not for the reasons you might imagine. “I like Christmas songs and all, but are you kidding me? I get to ride around on a bus with my wife? That’s 80 percent of the reason I do this,” he tells Country Weekly with a hearty laugh. “Trust me, I’m a guy.”

All joking aside, the pair’s 12 Days of Christmas Tour, which kicked off Dec. 8 in Sarasota, Fla., and wraps Dec. 22 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, has special meaning for Vince and Amy. “It’s really sentimental to us because it’s how we first met—doing Christmas music,” he says of their first meeting at a taping for his television special Christmas With Vince Gill. “We met in ’93 and were crazy about each other. [I thought] ‘This could be a great friend right here.’

“It has a real sentiment to us and she just adores this music,” Vince continues. “She’s far more steeped in it and loving of it and knowing it—all that stuff—than I am. I like it, but I’d rather be playing really loud,” he says with a laugh, before allowing, “It’s fun. At the end of the year I get to go out and be a crooner and sing these beautiful songs with these great melodies, and I really like the majority of the great [Christmas] classics. People like the familiarity of it and it’s got a bit of reverence to it.”

There’s another reason as well, Vince admits. “It’s always fun to see people in a red sweater and some slacks instead of a wife beater and a pair of shorts,” he says with a laugh.

The show features a mixture of well-known Christmas songs as well as some non-holiday material. “It won’t be all be Christmas, Christmas, Christmas,” Vince reports. “There will be a few things in there that are just sentimental and pretty. [Amy's] really, really grand at this, putting this kind of night together.”

The remaining tour dates include:

Date Venue Location
 
Dec. 10 Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Ft. Myers, Fla.
  11 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, Fla.
  13 Peace Center for the Performing Arts Greenville, S.C.
  14 Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, N.C.
  17 Crown Theatre Fayetteville, N.C.
  18 War Memorial Auditorium Greensboro, N.C.
  19 Cabarrus Arena Concord, N.C.
  20 Fox Theatre Atlanta
  21 Ryman Auditorium Nashville
  22 Ryman Auditorium Nashville

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