Terri Clark to headline Gypsum Daze
GYPSUM – Perhaps you know her for her uniquely passionate and gritty vocals or maybe you love her because she is one of the few female country artists to play a mean guitar, too. Then again, maybe it’s Terri Clark’s songwriting that touches your heart, or her stunningly pretty face (voted one of country music’s 10 most beautiful that draws you to her music.Whatever the reason, if you’ve followed the career of this Canadian-born singer, you know she’s red-hot these days with three platinum albums to her credit. And, you’ll be delighted to learn that Terri Clark is the headliner for this summer’s Gypsum Daze concert.Terri Clark performs at Gypsum Daze, Saturday July 22 at the Lundgren Amphitheater in Gypsum. Gates open at 5 p.m. Clark will perform later in the evening.Known for her give-it-all performances and powerful vocals, Terri Clark has been moving audiences and getting them up and dancing with songs like “When Boy Meets Girl” and “I Wanna Do It All” for more than a decade. She was the first female solo country performer in more than three years with two No. 1 singles, including, “I Just Wanna Be Mad.” She’s been nominated for both the CMA and the ACM Female Vocalists of the year awards. She was also the first Canadian female inducted into the Grand Ole’ Opry. Clark has toured with Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, George Strait and Brooks & Dunn. And she’s been voted the Canadian Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year five times.
Clark started her career as a songwriter in Nashville. It took her years of playing dive bars and showcasing her singing at talent competitions before she evolved into one of the country’s top recording artists as wel. In 1995, with her breakout hit, ” Better Things to Do,” when Clark knew she had finally “arrived.”That intimate knowledge of lyrics and music that puts the heart and soul in Clark’s songs, such as “Easy On The Eyes” and “Girls Lie Too.” In “I Just Wanna Be Mad,” a song Clark wrote herself, she digs deeper than the usual falling-in-love and breaking-up sentiments typical in traditional country music. Writing about how working through problems strengthens a relationship is just another example of Clark’s real-life approach that lends her songs such honesty and gives them such an emotional charge.Today, Clark headlines her own shows. She is known for her hard-charging country music, but diverged into country pop with her 2003 CD, “Pain to Kill.” With her 2005 CD, “Life Goes On,” Clark returned to her traditional, hard country music roots, singing of the line dancing and honky tonks that first drew her to the genre. The CD included “She Didn’t Have Time,” as well as some of her own original work in “Tear it All Down” and “Slow Needs Day.” Gypsum Daze has a reputation for picking up-and-coming new superstar. No wonder the concert draws an audience from out-of-state as well as in state for these must-see shows. Tickets for Gypsum Daze are $15 and are available at Gypsum Town Hall, Columbine Market in Gypsum, Copy Plus in Gypsum and in Eagle, Beveridge Real Estate in Eagle, and at Alpine Banks throughout the valley and in Glenwood Springs. Or, order tickets by mail. Send ticket requests and checks to: Town of Gypsum, attn: Jenny Ellringer, P.O. Box 130, Gypsum, CO 81637. Mail requests must be received by July 12. Gates for the Gypsum Daze concert open at 5 p.m., with the concert kicking off at 6 p.m.