Brett Eldredge wowed a well-dressed crowd in Nashville Tuesday night with his third annual big-band Christmas concert. Held at City Winery near downtown, the holiday party showcased songs off Eldredge’s first-ever Christmas album, Glow.
But the record isn’t just an outlet for the ACM-nominated Male Vocalist of the Year to sing chestnuts like “The Christmas Song” and “Let It Snow.” It also provides Eldredge the chance to swing, which he did onstage with all the charm of Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack. Dressed in a tuxedo jacket and sipping whiskey, the vocalist commanded both his 12-piece band and the audience, which included John Oates and Eldredge’s labelmates the Last Bandoleros, along with Warner Music Nashville head John Esposito.
In addition to secular fare like “Blue Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Eldredge nodded toward the spiritual, recalling his annual family tradition of attending midnight mass on Christmas Eve before ending the evening with a soaring “O Holy Night.”
The concert marked the last live performance of the year for Eldredge. He’ll return to the road in 2017, opening Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour.