The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is a tribute to the original, traditional, one hundred percent, red-blooded, two-fisted, all American old fashioned Christmas Show. A spectacle of familiar Christmas tunes and classic comedy presented in the format of a live radio broadcast at the 1225AM N.O.E.L Radio Studio. An original variety show produced by Will Hearn and featuring American band Blue Water Highway, along with a twelve-piece big band, gospel choir, and some of the best singers and entertainers in Texas. The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show harkens back to a simpler era and will leave you with a feeling you haven’t felt in a long time.
The show’s history is as unique as itself and began in 2003 when producer Will Hearn along with high school friends Greg Essington and Zack Kibodeaux, the now lead singer/songwriters of Blue Water Highway, in their senior year of high school wanted to write and perform a Christmas show of sorts and different from anything else out there. Feeling the current market for Christmas entertainment was stale and overdone, the three friends developed a show concept that they like to call progressive nostalgia; a variety show performed within the concept of a live 1940’s radio broadcast at 1225AM N.O.E.L Radio. The goal was to give audiences an experience of the Christmas spirit that they had perhaps not felt in a long time, not by hammering in a kitschy message, but instead communicating the message of Christmas through the performance of the music by incredibly talented musicians and entertainers.
The show started out as a one night only $2 per ticket fundraiser for the Brazoria County Youth Home. The show was a sell out and a surprise hit. It was produced again in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2015 and bumped up to three sell-out performances. In 2016, the producers were approached by an entertainment company offering an opportunity to test the concept in markets outside of Lake Jackson. The show went on a successful mini-tour last year to San Marcos and New Braunfels and sold nearly a thousand tickets between the two dates.
This year the show expands to five total markets and eight tour dates across Texas visiting Houston, Lake Jackson, Victoria, New Braunfels, and Fort Worth. In addition to its first major tour, on December 17th the show will partner with 95.9FM The Ranch of Fort Worth and Justin Frazell, host of the Texas Red Dirt Roads radio show, for the show’s first live broadcast on a syndicated radio program heard from Oregon to Florida.
Since the show’s inception fifteen years ago, the artists involved have raised over $100,000 for various charitable organizations and will continue to honor those charitable roots by donating a portion of this year’s ticket proceeds to a disaster relief fund for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
For more information about the show and to watch a preview, visit grandolchristmasshow.com. To hear the music of Blue Water Highway checkout bluewaterhighwayband.com.