Suzy Bogguss to appear at Historic Rodgers Theatre!
Grammy Award Winning artist Suzy Bogguss is coming to Poplar Bluff’s Historic Rodgers Theatre on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m., and already the tickets are selling well.
“Right now we’ve just got a few of the VIP tickets left,” said event organizer Brent Davis.
VIP Tickets include a chance to meet the recording artist, and are $35. Reserved tickets are $25 each, and general admission is $15. Balcony seating is available for $10 per ticket.
Bogguss is a country music performer, and songwriter, who began her career in the 1980’s as a solo artist. In the 1990’s, she released one platinum and three gold albums, and charted six top ten singles. She won the Academy of Country Music’s award for Top New Female Vocalist and the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award.
In the mid 1990’s, she took some time off from her career to start a family with her husband, songwriter Doug Crider.
Of course, staging a comeback is always a challenge in the music business, but she again appeared on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart in 2001, and continues to be a crowd favorite as she has resumed touring.
Bogguss was born in Aledo, IL, and was the youngest of four children. She grew up in a hard-working and musical family, and like many artists from our nation’s heartland, started singing in church. She then learned to play piano and drums, and then as a teenager began playing guitar.
She was a typical teenager, a homecoming queen for her high school, and then a college student at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, and then Illinois State University in Normal. She actually graduated with a bachelor’s degree in metalsmithing, which came in handy down the road when she designed her own line of jewelry.
As for her love of music and aspirations of a career in music, it never dawned on her in her early years that such a thing was possible. But she began playing coffee houses during her college years, and loved the music of Emmylou Harris, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt. Her first independent album, recorded for Old Shack Recording, has actually become a collector’s item.
Bogguss moved to Nashville in 1985, like many artists, surviving as a waitress at Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Then she auditioned for Dolly Parton’s show at what would become Dollywood, appearing at the Jamboree Show at the theme park’s train station. From there, Boggus recorded her first demo, a song called “Hopeless Romantic”, which would find its way on her first solo album. That demo caught the attention of Capitol Records, and from there, her career took off.
Her first three singles for Capitol were met with moderate success on the Billboard Country Music Charts, and then “Cross My Broken Heart” off her second album became a Top 20 hit.
Her third album, “Moment of Truth” yielded more success, and then a duet recorded with Lee Greenwood, “Hopelessly Yours” went to Number 12 on the charts, ad received a Grammy Award nomination for the Best County Vocal Collaboration. Other hits were “Someday Soon,” “Outbound Plane,” “Aces,” and “Letting Go.”
Then with “Voices in the Wind”, a cover of John Hiatt’s Drive South” gave her the highest charting song of her career.
Now Bogguss has her own record label, Loyal Dutchess, which signed a deal with Compadre Records, and created a Western Swing album called “Swing”.
Her 2014 release of “Lucky”, a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard, has been well received in Americana music circles.
Sponsors of the concert at the Historic Rodgers Theatre are Southern Bank, Fox Media Network, Comfort Inn, and Brick Oven Pizza Company.