Boots, big buckles, tight jeans, and 10-gallon Stetsons is the non-official dress code (but garb of choice for most attendees) for the annual KMLE Acoustic Christmas, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There will be plenty of good tidings and twang in the air as rising country stars Randy Houser, Greg Bates, Maggie Rose, and Brett Eldredge perform hits, misses, and country standards filled with winsome tried-and-true themes of love, romance, breakups, cheatin' hearts, hardship, kinship, and unbridled joy. They'll play some Christmas classics as well. Rose once sang in the B Street Band, a Springsteen cover band, but made her country breakthrough with "Maybe Tonight," followed by the bouncy, flirtatious "Fall Madly in Love." Eldredge's aim is to write songs, like "Raymond," that can "really touch somebody's heart and soul," his press release states, while Houser — a composer of songs for some of country's biggest stars — is more the rocker, sporting high-powered radio-staples "Anything Goes" and "Boots On." And Bates, a relative newcomer to the country circuit, surely will play his signature tune, "Did It for the Girl." The Grand Ol' Opry it ain't, but the KMLE Acoustic Christmas will certainly be a boot-stompin' good time.
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