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Veteran East Coast rocker to visit Airdrie

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 10:58 am

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If you aren’t in the Christmas spirit yet, Jimmy Rankin is certain that you will be after his show at the Bert Church Theatre on Dec. 6.

The 49-year-old Nova Scotia native, who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., will be playing a variety of classic Christmas carols and his own holiday songs as he tours in support of his 2012 record Tinsel Town.

“I want people to leave my show having that Christmas feeling in them,” Rankin said.

“As I lead up to the Christmas season, I change my set list up to include those holiday songs, and I interject my own solo songs along with some classics from The Rankin Family and some holiday stories in between by feeling out the audience.”

“It makes for a fun show, and I’m really having a lot of fun touring this record around the country,” he added.

Before he recorded Tinsel Town, Rankin was wondering how he was going to be able to record such seminal Christmas songs such as Winter Wonderland and Silver Bells in his own style, in additional to the original songs that he wrote for the album like Tinsel Town and Boogie Woogie Christmas.

“Those classic songs have been sung so many times that I kind of put off recording a Christmas album for such a long time, as I wondered how I was going to make them unique for me,” Rankin said. “My first priority though was to write original songs that stood up to the classics, and I was able to do that once I faced that challenge.”

“Since I have been playing the songs in concerts, I have been having a lot of fun, I am looking forward to maybe doing another holiday record in the future,” he added.

Audience members will also get a sneak peak at some new songs that Rankin has worked on, which will be officially released in a yet-to-be titled album in April.

“I think my fans are hungry for new material,” Rankin said. “I don’t want to inundate people with it though, so I ease it in there with the holiday songs, but I have been getting a good response for those new songs so far.”

Tickets for the show, which can be purchased at the Theatre, by phone at 1-888-655-9090, or online at, are $40 in advance and $44.95 at the door.


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