Christmas With a TwangEvery two years, Bill Gaither and his friends come to town. They sing for the nice and naughty, and everyone gets the same gifts of country gospel and celebration. Gaither's holiday concerts, which are called "homecomings," have grown from an informal gathering of musicians in Nashville to a touring juggernaut, topping industry lists for most concert tickets sold worldwide. On Gaither's list this year is the Gaither Vocal Band, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lynda Randle, Ivan Parker, The Isaacs and others. Gaither and the gang perform Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at Richmond Coliseum. $20.50-$37.50. Call 262-8100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Craig Belcher
Once She Went Green, She Never Went Back
While pop singers and movie stars attempt to pile on the eco-bandwagon (which is probably a hybrid), taking a more earth-conscious approach to life is starting to look like a fad, like diminutive dogs or imported orphans. For Nashville-based singer-songwriter Adrienne Young, "going green" is more than a fashionable phrase. In 2003, she packaged her CD of bluegrass and folk songs ("Plow to the End of the Row") with a packet of wildflower seeds, a move that earned her a Grammy nomination for best packaging. A year later, she became the spokeswoman for FoodRoutes Network, an organization that advocates the purchase of locally grown foods. Young doesn't just talk about sustainable agriculture, however; she sings about it and makes it entertaining. Her latest release is "Room to Grow," and it's likely to take root with the audience at Ashland Coffee & Tea Thursday, Dec 13. $16-$21. 798-1702. C.B.