Concert fans, especially those who enjoy their music a little on the country side, are in for a real treat this Friday night.
Contemporary country singer Suzy Bogguss will be hoofing it into town on Sept. 27 for a one-night show at 6:30 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium. Bogguss’ performance will be part of the annual Old Time Opry and Fiddlers Fest next weekend here in the Rim Country.
Tickets (only $8) can be purchased at the Parks & Rec office at Green Valley Park and at the door, if available.
In my humble opinion, this is quite a “get” for our small community. In her heyday, Suzy Bogguss was one of country music’s shining stars. Hailed as one of the most acclaimed female country singers of the late 1980s and ’90s, Bogguss was able to balance country tradition with a contemporary mainstream sensibility, thereby satisfying both audiences and critics.
She was born in Aledo, Ill. in 1956, and began singing in her church choir at age 5. Encouraged by her parents, she learned piano and drums as a child, and took up the guitar as a teenager.
While studying art at Illinois State University, she performed in local coffeehouses and clubs. After graduating in 1980, she hit the road, playing wherever she could find a gig around the Midwest, Northeast and even parts of Canada.
Bogguss moved to Nashville in 1985 and worked as a demo singer while playing in clubs by night. She later took a job singing at Dollywood Theme Park and sold tapes of her own music, one of which led to a contract with the record label Liberty/Capitol. She released her first single in 1987, and her debut album, “Somewhere Between,” appeared the following year. It received hugely positive reviews for blending country’s past and present, and featured covers of Merle Haggard’s “Somewhere Between” and Patsy Montana’s “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” The album also produced a top 20 hit with “Cross My Broken Heart.”
It was in 1991, with the release of her gold-selling album, “Aces,” that Bogguss hit the big time. The album produced four hit singles — “Someday Soon,” “Letting Go,” “Outbound Plane” and the title track, all reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 country chart. Her 1993 album, “Somethin’ Up My Sleeve,” gave her two additional top 5 hits in “Just Like the Weather” and “Hey Cinderella” (two of my favorite Bogguss songs).
This week’s question
It was in the winter of 1992-93 when Suzy Bogguss earned the highest-charting single hit of her career, with her song that reached No. 2 on the country music chart.
Was the title of Suzy Bogguss’ “road” hit A) “Drive South,” B) “Travelin’ Man,” C) “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” or D) “Day Tripper”?
If you’re the seventh caller and have the right answer, you’ll win two tickets, compliments of Nelson Beck, Parks & Rec supervisor and concert promoter, to next week’s Suzy Bogguss concert. Good luck!
Last week’s question
Last week’s music trivia question asked if you could identify the official name of Guy Lombardo’s dance band, which made the song “September in the Rain” a No. 1 hit in 1937 and inspired numerous covers through the years.
The choices were A) Guy Lombardo & His Swing Band, B) Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians, C) Guy Lombardo & His Dance Orchestra or D) Guy Lombardo and His Ontario Big Band.
The correct answer was Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians.
Interesting to note is that the London, Ontario, Canada-born Lombardo was the man who became the leader of the only dance band ever to sell over 100 million records. With his brother, Carmen, he formed the band in 1925 and by decade’s end “The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven” had settled in for a long stay as one of America’s favorites.
Congratulations to last week’s second-time music trivia winner, Myrtle Warter, who last won in July 2012.
A final note
The Tonto Community Concert Association’s eight-performance season is only 10 days away from kickoff. On Monday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium, the 1950s doo-wop group, The Diamonds, will bring their great harmonizing voices to the stage.
The TCCA’s 35th season promises to be another blockbuster one — with the likes of Hal Linden (of Barney Miller fame) and his seven-piece band; country star John Berry; 12-year-old prodigy Umi Garrett (seen on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show”); and returning star Franc D’Abrosio, best known for his decade-long portrayal of the lead role in the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Phantom of the Opera,” among the season’s highlights.
Both individual and season tickets will be available for purchase in the auditorium before The Diamonds’ concert.
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482 — www.djcraiginpayson.com