Suzy Bogguss performed at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, Arizona on Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th.
The concert tour in Arizona was originally going to be Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss Together At Last. It was to start in Prescott, AZ at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 2nd but Kathy Mattea got sick and they had to cancel 2 hours before showtime. Kathy and Suzy were heartbroken. They were also going to have to cancel the two shows at The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, Arizona. But the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts asked if Suzy would still perform the two shows. Suzy agreed and then flew in her band members, Craig Smith and Rob Price, from Nashville, TN in the middle of the night. They went through terrible weather and delays to get to Wickenburg, AZ and made it a couple of hours before showtime.
Suzy Bogguss put on a fantastic show. She started her show singing her hit "Outbound Plane". Bogguss’ version of “Outbound Plane” was released in 1991, the second single from one of her most popular albums, “Aces.”
Bogguss sang all her big hits "Someday Soon", "Aces", "Drive South", "Just Like The Weather", "Hey Cinderella", and "Letting Go". She also sang "Wayfaring Stranger", which is a song off her American Folk Songbook album.
Suzy paid tribute to her friend Merle Haggard. She sang three Haggard tunes off her Merle Haggard tribute album Lucky, including, “Silver Wings”, “Today I Started Loving You Again” and “Let’s Chase Each Other Round the Room”. She also gave tribute to her friend Chet Atkins during her show.
A very special part of the show is when Suzy had the audience sing with her the chorus of the Kathy Mattea hit song, "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses". Suzy video taped the song to send to Kathy Mattea to make her feel better. Kathy was very disappointed that she had to cancel the show with Suzy.
During her show, Suzy had another audience participation song. We all sang "Red River Valley" together. It was so sweet.
Someone yelled from the audience, Cowboy's Sweetheart, so Suzy sang the Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart". It was awesome. Suzy can really yodel.
She also sang another favorite yodel cowboy tune, "Night Rider's Lament".
The concert was wonderful. Suzy and band really entertained the audience and she was rewarded with standing ovations both nights. Her band members included the very talented Craig Smith on guitar and vocals, and Rob Price on upright bass and vocals.
The ’90s were a period of tremendous change for country music with currents retreating from a traditionalist renaissance that sprouted a decade earlier to a newer pop/roots hybrid sound that boasted an enormously bankable ambassador - Garth Brooks. As the decade served as Bogguss’ commercial heyday, it was a period of great excitement and discovery for the singer. “I often think to myself of how lucky I was to be there at that time. There were still a lot of our mentors around. We got to be friends with Waylon (Jennings). I got to know Faron Young. Chet Atkins was a very good friend. My husband got to work with (famed Nashville producer) Owen Bradley. We were lucky enough to be there when so many of the people who really created the Nashville sound were still around and, in some cases, still working. “But the doors of country radio were also open to folks like Garth. I think a lot about all the great female artists from that period. We had a lot in common as far as mentors, but we also had a lot of differences. Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, for example, came from a different experience than myself or Mary Chapin Carpenter, or Kathy Mattea, or Patty Loveless. “We all had different influences that we brought with us, influences we were allowed to combine with a reverence of music that was more traditional. We just updated it in a way that was way comfortable for us.”
This leg of her tour comes at a tumultuous time for the singer. Earlier this winter, Bogguss’ mother died at the age of 100. Then as the tour reconvened, her husband/manager Doug Crider suffered a compound fracture of his leg. “It’s been a little kooky. Doug has been doing well with the doctors. There is a tinge of grief for my mom, but I miss her, though. “Even though there is a little bit of healing to do at this house, for the most part, we’re set pretty good. We think about the people who still want to listen to the music and come out to the shows. We think about the good friends we have. Really, I’m pretty blessed.”
Suzy Bogguss is one of the most kind-hearted people I've ever met. She has a beautiful soul and a beautiful voice and is also a great entertainer. Please go see her when she comes to your area, you will be very glad you did.
The Prescott, AZ and the Wickenburg, AZ Together At Last shows with Suzy Bogguss and Kathy Mattea will be rescheduled, so keep a look out for them.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUZY BOGGUSS, GO TO: https://www.suzybogguss.com
FOR TICKET AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEL E. WEBB CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, GO TO: https://www.dewpac.org
THANKS FOR THE MUSIC SUZY BOGGUSS!