Suzy Bogguss - CD Release Show
Suzy Bogguss with Please join Suzy for a meet and greet following the show! Connecting with her audience has been a fundamental part of her career since she graduated from Illinois State University with an art degree and began touring the coffeehouse and club circuit. After five years crisscrossing the country in a camper truck, Bogguss landed in Nashville and immersed herself in the creative community. She found like-minded writers who believed in songs with style and substance. Her big break came when a talent scout from Capitol Records saw her perform at Dollywood, and a tape of her music got into the hands of a label executive and three weeks later she was signed. Her strong, supple voice and straightforward style were a clarion call for country fans looking for music with meaning. Songs like "Aces," "Drive South," "Someday Soon," "Outbound Plane" and "Letting Go" soon took her to the top of the country music charts. Along the way she won raves from critics and her peers in all genres. She won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 1992 and album of the Year Award in 1994, ASCAP country and pop awards for her songwriting, and in2005 a Grammy for her contribution to the Best Folk Album, Beautiful Dreamer, the Songs of Stephen Foster. The only way to describe her career arc would be as an next. That's one of the reasons she's so excited about Sweet Danger."The whole process was so natural," she says. "From my friendship with Jason through the whole writing and recording process. It was challenging at fi rst because this was new territory for me, but when I let go and surrendered to the experience it happened so easily. I left New York sort of mesmerized with the whole process. Everybody just wanted to make somethingto create." The joy and creative freedom she felt imbues every note of Sweet Danger. Always a sublime, controlled singer, she hits a new milestone with this collection. By stretching, testing and challenging herlimits, she's captured the best vocals of her career. Like all of her previous work, the new record is fi lled with songs of emotional integrity. She covers Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now" and creates a totally new vibe by stripping the song down to its emotional core and rebuilding it with a tight acoustic ensemble. Verlon Thompson's "No Good Way To Go" is an inner dialog on how to end a relationship, half sung and half spoken with smoldering sexuality. She turns to husband/songwriter Doug Crider for "In Heaven," the emotional centerpiece of the album. The song, which deals with love, loss, letting go and moving on, is especiallypoignant because it was written about close friends of Bogguss and Crider. It also has an incredible, instantly, memorable melody. She remains consistent in her unwillingness to be defined by the expectations of others. She's always been the type of artist to boldly listen to her instinct and chase that wily muse where it leads her. Suzy Bogguss has always, and will always take the road less traveled...and that has made all the difference.
Suzy Bogguss, Liz Longley, Sam Outlaw, Angie Aparo & McKenzie Eddy, Amythyst Kiah Doors open at 6:00PM. Seating is first come, first served.
Suzy Bogguss A new tribute to Merle Haggard from country's classiest voiceSuzy Bogguss is one of the most intelligent and versatile artists in country music. She's recorded numerous chart-topping hits and fronted a great swing band. Every Suzy Bogguss concert offers something new. At The Ark, we've heard her with a full band, with a virtuoso guitar accompaniment from Verlon Thompson, and with jazz and Americana groups. She also routinely performs with symphony orchestras, and lately she's done some shows with just her own guitar. On top of all that, she's a gifted interpreter of traditional country and cowgirl material who regularly showcases her skills on Garrison Keillor's live "A Prairie Home Companion" broadcast. Suzy's latest project adds yet another facet to her repertoire: her new album, "Lucky," revisits the classic country songs of Merle Haggard. Ever since the agonizing version of "Somewhere Between" on her very first album, Suzy has had a way with the songs of the mighty Merle. Chet Atkins said that Suzy's voice "sparkles like crystal," and we think you'll find her new music has special warmth and depth.Visit Suzy Bogguss on the web
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