It is still in the middle of the summer, but there’s lots of exciting news for Mannheim Steamroller fans! This fall, Chip Davis plans to release a new album, Mannheim Steamroller 30/40. In celebration of the 30th anniversary tour, the album’s tracks will include Christmas fan favorites along with selections from Davis’ iconic Fresh Aire series, which will celebrate 40 years of ground-breaking sound. With 19 gold, eight multi-platinum and four platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of artists that include U2, Jay-Z, and the Beach Boys with such certifications.
Tickets to Mannheim Steamroller’s concerts this Christmas are available – and dissapearing fast. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.. It is also the 40th anniversary of Chip Davis’ first album in his Fresh Aire series. Davis will direct and co-produce the tour’s performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.
In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry.
While waiting for 30/40, and this Christmas’ concert, why not check out this interview with Mr. Davis called A Chip Off the Old Block. It starts like this:
“I have third generation musicians on both sides of my family,” he says. “My dad was a saxophone player in a big band during the World War II era and later a music teacher and orchestra director at my high school. My mother played trombone for the NBC Symphony and was a fine pianist. She was even a poster girl for the famed music center, Interlochen Art Academy. Both of my grandmothers were piano teachers.”
Chip’s high school band and orchestra director, Tom Watson, remembers Louis Sr. as one of the most talented musicians he’s ever known. “His mother, Betty, was also a fine pianist and accompanist. Chip has excellent musical genes,” Watson told the Sylvania Advantage.
Chip fondly remembers watching his parents perform Christmas carols for groups during the holidays and when Mannheim Steamroller started touring after the release of Fresh Aire, his parents played a role in the operation.
“My dad was the piano tuner for the tour and my mom would travel just to be out there,” Chip recalls. “They got to go and see the crowds build and see where it was heading.”
Read it all here.