Eastern Kentucky native and Nashville recording artist Kory Caudill will return home to perform with his band on Sunday, November 26 in the Willard and Lucy Kinzer Theater at the Mountain Arts Center.
Kory Caudill and Friends will be releasing a new Christmas album, titled “Christmas With Kory Caudill and Friends,” on Friday, November 10.
The concert will kick off the Christmas season at the MAC. Executive Director Clayton Case states that he couldn’t think of a better act to start the holiday entertainment.
“Kory’s Christmas shows are always high energy and loaded with talent. There’s just something about the way they get the crowd into the spirit,” states Case.
“Kory is family, so we are always delighted to have him home for a show.”
Caudill is a graduate of Prestonsburg High School. He attended the prestigious Governor’s School for the Arts in Louisville and is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville. He was the first instrumental student in the history of Belmont to perform in the school’s Commercial Showcase as well as the “President’s Concert.” Caudill is currently the keyboard player for Country Music superstar Justin Moore. He has quickly became a seasoned Nashville session player too.
Caudill spoke recently about his love for Christmas music and the chance to play at the MAC again.
"As a musician who grew up learning to play in eastern Kentucky, the Christmas season is very special to me. I spent much of my time watching my dad craft Christmas shows for the Kentucky Opry,” he said. “I grew up watching musical performances allow audiences to concentrate on what the season is about.”
Caudill is very excited about the upcoming release of the Christmas album.
"Our goal was to make a Christmas record that allows folks to feel the same enthusiasm about the season when they listen to it as we felt when we recorded the album.”
He added, “Considering the musicians I was surrounded by, there weren't many boundaries in terms of what we could pull off musically, but we didn't want folks to hear the record and think 'that was impressive.' We wanted folks to hear it and feel great about the things we celebrate this time of year."
The show will be Sunday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Center. Tickets are $22 reserved, or $20 for a group rate (5 or more).
The Mountain Arts Center is the premier performing arts venue in eastern Kentucky. Located in the heart of the bloodline of the Country Music Highway, the facility features a 1,040-seat auditorium, conference/meeting facilities, instruction rooms and a state-of-the-art recording studio.
Operations are through a partnership between Prestonsburg, Ky. and Big Sandy Community & Technical College. For more information, call 1-888-MAC-ARTS or visit: http://macarts.com
(provided by Mountain Arts Center)