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  1. The Brian Setzer Orchestra is doing their Christmas show, and I caught them last night in Huntsville. I wouldn't characterize myself as a rockabilly fan, but it was a good time - Brian mixed up rockabilly and big band swing with a few swinging Christmas songs mixed in. I believe he played three Gretsches all night, a main orange one (or so it appeared from my seat quite a way back) with a substantial buckle rash on the back, a green one (that was supposed to be Christmas green but was instead "something that dripped out of your radiator green") and a red one for the encore. Amps looked like a blonde Bassman and some Fender tweed combo, but what do I know? He ripped it up regularly, but I thought one of his best sounds was when he played "Running Down a Dream". He didn't say anything about why, but I suppose we all think it was a tribute to the late, great Tom Petty, especially because he played "Wichita Lineman" right before it, and we lost Glenn Campbell not too long ago. No "Back Home Again in Indiana", though. The encore was their interpretation of "The Nutcracker Suite", for which they brought out a double-wide sheet music stand for Brian, with a triple-wide score on it. The unbilled opening act was "The Texas Gentlemen", a very Fender-y quintet. The two guitarists and the keyboardist sang, and the guitarist who played slide sounded a lot like Willie Nelson, especially on one song mid-set. Overall they were sort of a jam band-y Americana sounding act. They did a nice Link Wray "Rumble" lead-in and outro to their closer. Overall, not a bad way to enter the season. I'll catch them again if they come back.