Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis uplugged at Beaver Creek
July 1, 2010
Editor’s note: Director’s Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.
VAIL, Colorado – Country music stars Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis will weave their musical magic July 12 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in a very special acoustic show that will showcase the duo’s harmonies and captivating stage presence.
As daughters of country legends George Morgan and Mel Tillis, these two women have solidified their place in country music history with a multitude of No. 1 hits, dozens of awards and thousands of fans around the world.
This performance is not to be missed. Imagine having these two country stars come to your home and spend an evening with you and a group of your friends in the comfort of your living room. Well, that is exactly the atmosphere you can expect at this concert.
They will share stories about their lives and their songs as they sit together downstage center, singing their greatest hits and favorites songs in a very intimate and personal manner. This is the type of show that the Vilar Center was made for – intimate, acoustic, personal.
As I’ve mentioned before, I am not necessarily a huge fan of country music, but a concert like this goes beyond musical genres. The evening is an experience; one I know I don’t want to miss. For those who need a reminder of the careers of these women, please read on.
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Lorrie Morgan made her first major appearance singing at the Grand Ole Opry when she was just a teenager and, at age 25, became the youngest person in history to become a member of the famed Opry. Soon after, she was offered a recording contract and enjoyed a string of hits including “Something in Red,” “Watch Me” and the No. 1 track “Five Minutes.”
Released in 1992, the smash single “What Part of No” reached No. 1 on the charts and solidified Morgan’s place as a superstar. Morgan became the first female country artist to earn the honor of three platinum albums in a row and continued with four more gold and platinum records. In 1995, she released her “Greatest Hits” album and earned another No. 1 hit with “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.”
One of Country Music Television’s 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, Pam Tillis has been a star on the country scene since her first hit single in 1990. Some of her many memorable hits include “Don’t Tell Me What to Do,” “Do You Know Where Your Man Is,” Shake the Sugar Tree” and “Spilled Perfume.”
In 1994, Tillis attained worldwide fame with the smash hit “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)” and was named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association. Tillis released a “Greatest Hits” album in 1997 with two new tracks including the Grammy-nominated single “All the Good Ones Are Gone.”
Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000, Tillis maintains a busy schedule with touring as well as acting on Broadway in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and on television shows such as “Diagnosis Murder,” “Promised Land” and “L.A. Law.” In 2002, she released the critically acclaimed album, “It’s All Relative,” once again climbing the charts and proving her staying power.