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Martina McBride will play hits, Christmas songs in Biloxi

Martina McBride will be at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Martina McBride will be at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy

If you want to see Martina McBride sing her hits, a few new songs from “Reckless” and a Christmas song or two, you better get your tickets soon, as Saturday’s show is almost sold out. A handful of tickets are still available to the 7:30 p.m. performance. You can get them at Ticketmaster or at the Beau’s box office.

And, by the way — it’s her last scheduled show of 2016.

So, if you like Martina McBride, and frankly I don’t want to hang out with someone that doesn’t, and you love Christmas music, then I’ll see you at the Beau.

I had the pleasure of speaking with her before the show and she graciously answered my fan-boy questions about her album of soul cover “Everlasting” and her duet with Don Henley on “That Old Flame” from Henley’s 2015 album “Cass County.”

If you aren’t familiar with “Everlasting,” it’s McBride’s 2014 album that’s reminiscent of Dusty Springfield’s landmark album “Dusty in Memphis.” It’s a collection of soul songs performed by McBride. It was produced by Don Was.

I love “Everlasting.” I have it on vinyl. What was it like working with Don Was?

It was amazing. He’s very, very musical on a very organic level. There wasn’t a lot of overthinking things. It was such a warm, wonderful experience. The musicians were so excited about to getting to play for him. He was out on the floor with us when we recorded the tracks. He really just let the musicians do what they do and we would get together on the arrangements and songs — it was beautiful experience getting to know him. I cherish that time. We became really close friends. It was a blessing, for sure.

You seemed to have been so happy with that record when you were promoting it. Was it something of a record you always wanted to make of songs you loved?

It was. It was kind of unexpected the way it came about. I wanted to make a record with all of the “bro country” going on and I didn’t know how to fit into that landscape, and I knew I wasn’t going to fit into that landscape, but I still wanted to make a record. It was really just taking a step back and making a music I love, like I did with “Timeless.” It’s nice to do things like that from time to time. There were no commercial expectations — you just go in and do it. It was so much fun.

So, there was a moment in time when two of my favorite singers recorded a song together — “That Old Flame.” Did you enjoy working with Don Henley?

I didn’t get to record it with together with him in the studio, but we did sing it live recently on “Austin City Limits.” It was even better than doing it in the studio.

I’m a huge Eagles fan. One of the first albums I ever owned, I got it for Christmas, was the “Eagles Greatest Hits.” I remember when “The Long Run” came out and just waiting for that record. There was no advanced hype about it, you just had to wait for it and devour it and listen to all of the songs and look at the artwork. “Heartache Tonight” was the first single off that record and it was such a great song. I heard it the other day and it brought back so many memories of the anticipation and the beautiful moment when you got to unwrap that record and put it on the turntable and listen to it over and over and over again. So yeah, I was a huge Eagles fan.

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