One of country’s most respected singers, dulcet-voiced Suzy Bogguss, will appear in concert at Calhoun’s GEM Theatre Friday, April 4 at 7:30 pm. The CMA and Grammy Award winner of such hits as “Outbound Plane,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Letting Go,” “Aces,” and “Someday Soon” will perform past hits as well as songs from her recent release, “Lucky.” Tickets range from $20 - $35. The latter option is limited in number and includes a meet and greet with Ms. Bogguss. All seats are reserved.
A review in the Chicago Tribune calls Bogguss a “versatile singer, navigating jazz as easily as country or folk.” Of an appearance at Old Town School of Folk Music, the reviewer writes, “The Aledo, Ill., native instantly warmed up the room on a very cold night and delivered in charm and talent that won her a standing ovation at the end of the night.”
Although she says her new album is not a tribute to Merle Haggard, the “Bard of Bakersfield,” Bogguss adds, “He’s always been one of my favorite artists since I was a kid and I decided to make the album to share my feeling about just what a great songwriter he is. His lyrics are so economical,” she added. “It sounds so casual, like he just sits down and writes…but it’s beautifully done, and so artfully written you know it’s been carefully created.
“I titled the album ‘Lucky’ because that’s the way I feel,” Bogguss says. The genesis of the album includes Haggard touchstone songs such as “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “The Bottle Let me Down,” and “If We Make it Through December,” as well as some deeper cuts. “These are the songs that I related to,” Bogguss says, “that I felt I had a reason to sing. Every melody on this whole project is one I just love as a singer.”
For more information on the performance, contact the GEM at 706-625-3132 or www.calhoungem.org.