Suzy Bogguss takes on Merle Haggard tunes
It was back in February of 2014 that Suzy Bogguss released "Lucky" a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard. What made it all the more special is that Bogguss partially funded the promotion of the album by creating an extremely successful Kickstarter crowd funding campaign which raised over $75,000 with the participation of nearly 1,000 contributors.
Though Bogguss says she never set out to create a Merle Haggard tribute record, she certainly doesn't seem to mind if fans and critics refer to it that way. She laments Haggard's ability to tell a story through song, and has said listening to the legend's albums makes her feel, "like I'm listening in on someone's life."
For "Lucky," Bogguss was able to take Haggard classics like "The Bottle Let Me Down" "Silver Wings" and "Today I Started Loving You Again" and make them her own. She says on her website that she didn't try to imitate Merle, and thus assembled her own band at her home studio while working alongside some noted singer-songwriters, including Beth Nielsen Chapman, Joe Diffie, Jessi Alexander, Gretchen Peters and more.
Fans who have followed Bogguss since the '90s have embraced the new album, as have fans of Merle. Get your Suzy Bogguss tickets now to see her out on tour. Dates are already booked through May 2015.
Suzy Bogguss rides an Outbound Plane to stardom (Created June 5, 2013)
Before there were country's big-name female stars of today, there was Suzy Bogguss. With a balance of traditional sound and contemporary marketing, she was one of the most acclaimed singers spanning the bridge from the '80s to the 90's, with tracks like "Someday Soon," "Letting Go" and "Outbound Plane" continually sending her to the top of the charts.
Born in Aledo, Illinois, Bogguss' early introduction to church choir came at the age of five. With a small push from mom and dad, she also learned piano and drums, and eventually took up guitar as a teenager. She later spent her college years making the rounds of local coffeehouses and clubs, and booked gigs that took her from the Midwest to the Northeast, and all the way to Canada.
Bogguss moved to Nashville in 1985. She worked as a demo singer, took a job at the Dollywood theme park and also sold tapes of her own music. The trifecta of hard work and persistence landed one of those tapes in the hands of a label executive, who signed her to Liberty/Capitol. By 1987, she was off and running with the lead singles to what would be her debut album, "Somewhere Between," which appeared the following year.
With a wealth of support from fans and critics, Bogguss broke through to the mainstream with 1991's "Aces," which contained the aforementioned "Someday Soon," "Letting Go" and "Outbound Plane," as well as the title track, which all became hits. Her 1992 follow-up, "Voices in the Wind," resulted in the highest-charting of her career with a cover of John Hiatt's "Drive South."
Though Bogguss' career eventually hit a downward spiral, the last decade has afforded her the chance to release ac ollection of pop, jazz, and swing tunes featuring Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, and Duke Ellington. She released her twelfth studio album "American Folk Songbook" in 2011, and she continues to perform and tour around the country.
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