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Peter Mayer Group presents Star & Promises: Follow the Star at the Paramount

December 20, 2013 | 12 am

The Peter Mayer Group is coming to the region, bringing their 13th annual national Christmas Show, Star & Promises: Follow the Star. Playing a blend of traditional favorites and original Christmas compositions, this unique musical journey of story and song is not to be missed. “The concert features music for the Christmas journey; songs that call us to follow the light of the star of Bethlehem, to travel roads old and new to the Peace and Joy of this Christmas, and share a song of Hope to lead us on,” says a release announcing the tour.

The concert will be Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:30pm at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN. The proceeds for this event will benefit the Children’s Series at The Paramount Center for the Arts, providing scholarships and educational programs.

Peter Mayer is a familiar face and name to many. Currently, Mayer has released 12 CDs, and tours with the Peter Mayer Group. He is also Jimmy Buffett’s lead guitarist, a vocalist, a songwriter, and has been with Jimmy Buffett for more than 20 years. He has also shared the stage with performers James Taylor, Mac McAnally, Sonny Landreth, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Ringo Star, to name a few.

Mayer’s talented group features R. Scott Bryan on percussion and vocals, Zeb Briskovich on bass, Mark Holland on native flutes, Chris Walters on keyboard, Maggie Estes on violin and mandolin, and Peter’s son Brendan Mayer on guitar and vocals.

In years past, the Peter Mayer Group has performed more than 15 Christmas shows a season. This year, because of scheduling commitments with Jimmy Buffett, the group is only available for six shows, and Bristol has been selected as one of these stops.

Mayer’s life began in Tamilnadu, the far southern region of India, where his parents served as missionaries for 17 years before returning to their Missouri roots. Musical influences from that period of his life can be heard in his playing. Mayer recalls, “I can remember Indian musicians coming on Christmas Eve and giving Christmas concerts in my parents’ house. They would play their drums and flutes, shakers and bells, and sing their Tamil Carols. They would go on for hours and hours. It was a sound I’ll never forget.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the night of show (if any are available), VIP tickets are $50 and can only be purchased by calling the ticket office. Tickets can be purchased online at www.petermayer.com and www.theparamountcenter.com or by calling the ticket office at 423-274-8920. Tickets are on sell now.