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Acoustic Christmas

Rowan brings holiday concert back for a second year

Margaret Hair

Brent Rowan, a country musician who makes Steamboat his home three months a year, will join pianist Regi Stone for an acoustic Christmas concert Saturday.

Steamboat Springs — Country musician Brent Rowan would like his “Acoustic Christmas” concerts to become a Steamboat Springs holiday tradition. — Country musician Brent Rowan would like his “Acoustic Christmas” concerts to become a Steamboat Springs holiday tradition.

— Country musician Brent Rowan would like his “Acoustic Christmas” concerts to become a Steamboat Springs holiday tradition.

“We hope it will be just a yearly tradition for everybody, where they look forward to this and say, ‘OK, we know we’ve got to do that. We’ve got to decorate our tree on one day and another day we’ve got to go see this concert,'” he said.

On Saturday, Rowan will join close friend and pianist Regi Stone for a set of holiday classics at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

From his vacation home in Steamboat, where he and his family spend about three months every year, Rowan spoke with 4 Points about making his concert a Christmas mainstay, feeling welcome in town and why music that’s not plugged in just sounds nicer.

4 Points: Can you tell me about the acoustic Christmas concert you’ll be performing this weekend?

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Brent Rowan: My friend Regi Stone and I – he’s an amazing pianist and vocalist – we’ve done a couple of recording projects together, and we’ve done several shows, and we’re in the process of building it to be even more expansive.

We’ll be doing this acoustically in a very front porch, inviting way. It won’t be as much as some performances are on stage. Our goal is to make it feel like a living room where everyone is together.

It’s just our way for us to share the joy of playing music and the joy of the season, and combine those two with people I love and my adopted hometown.

4 Points: Is there anything about playing these songs acoustically that makes them more fitting for a holiday concert?

BR: I think it’s more inviting, and it’s more inclusive.

It’s more intimate, it’s not threatening, there’s not a lot of volume, you’re not beaten over the head with loudness.

It’s just a very intimate sharing evening, where we kind of hope that the love flows off the stage and into the audience, and then off the audience and back onto the stage, and in a big circle.

4 Points: This is your second year doing this concert. How did it go the first time?

BR: We had a sold-out show last year, and we were very honored and thankful that people took their time to come, because during this time there are so many things going on.

But hopefully they’ll take a couple of hours and just sit and breathe and share the reason for the season with other people.

4 Points: Being a country musician, do Christmas songs take on a country feel when you play them?

BR: I would say it’s more acoustic. Some of it’s country, some of it’s very Bach and classical, some of it’s – not Americana, but American music. It’s a little bit of everything.

Regi is a classically trained pianist, so he brings that element to it. And with acoustic guitar you can’t help but bring a little bit of country and folk into it.