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Country music legend John Anderson to play special acoustic set at Mars Theatre

 

Country music legend John Anderson to play special acoustic set at Mars Theatre

21 Nov 2016

Even country music legend John Anderson says, “The people in Savannah are in for a real treat with this show.”

He’s referring to his concerts at 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3 at the historic Mars Theatre in Springfield. The original schedule for the concert was for Dec. 2 only, but tickets quickly sold out, so the extra Dec. 3 event opened up and a few more tickets were released for Dec. 2. But be sure to get your tickets before the concert, as sales are strong for this country music superstar.

The award-winning singer and songwriter has had numerous chart-topping hits during his almost 40-year career, including “Swingin,” “Seminole Wind” and “Straight Tequila Night.” Anderson released his newest album, “Goldmine,” this past year through his own label, Bayou Boys Music Group.

He says the concert at the Mars will be special because it is one of the few acoustic sets he plays during a tour.

“We only do about 20 of these a year,” he says. “… Every one of those concerts are special. I like it all and indeed it’s nice to be able to enjoy the best of both worlds of intimate shows to large band shows, but the songwriter part of me loves to play to an intimate crowd while the entertainer side of me loves to see them rock out with the band and holler and scream. The main thing to me is the music and the response from the crowd.”

It seems clear Anderson does care a great deal for his fans, which is why he created his own label to release the newest album, “Goldmine.” He says the gap between albums wasn’t due to a lack of great material, but rather being able to release an album, “under our terms.”

“In the end, it all works out. We are on a good road. ‘Goldmine’ did pretty well. It was not the biggest album we had, but it’s not a bad start. We will continue to write and record and put it out on Bayou Boys label — actually, it looks like we’ll be doing that for quite a while longer.”

He adds that the songwriting portion of making “Goldmine” was the most personal part of the process.

“We did a lot of work just writing the songs,” he adds. “We had a lot of failed attempts to get records out … and I felt almost desperate to let our fans know we are still alive and well and working. ‘Goldmine’ did indeed help that.”

He adds that his concerts are also doing well and despite all the hard work that comes along with performing, recording and simply lasting in the business, it’s all worth it to this industry veteran.

“The love of the music has kept me going — and also not really ever desiring to do anything else than write songs. And once I wrote enough songs to get fans to come and support us; well, it’s like a dream come true.”

He adds that the set list for the Mars shows will include most of his hits, but he gives the music in the acoustic shows a little different treatment.

“I throw in a little bit of different stuff with the acoustic shows — they aren’t like the band sets. About 40 percent of the material may be different.”

While Anderson says he doesn’t want to say anything negative about today’s country music sound, he admits he definitely prefers a more traditional country sound. He hopes the audience in Savannah also likes his traditional sound.

“I’m very flattered and honored that there are enough fans to support us like that, and I do appreciate all those folks coming out to see us,” he says. “I love Savannah. I love that part of the country, and I’ve been very fortunate that through my many years of traveling, I got to spend a lot of time in that area on fishing and hunting trips, and I’ve got a lot of wonderful friends and wonderful fans in that area. I’m really looking forward to it.”

IF YOU GO

What: John Anderson acoustic concert

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 3

Where: Mars Theatre, 106 S. Laurel St., Springfield

Cost: $35

Info: marstheatre.com

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