I have a little more time this evening, so I wanted to tell you all about the show I saw last night. And, get a few more pictures up here for you from that show. I went to Johnson City, Tenn., and saw Lorrie Morgan. She was headlining a benefit show for the Firefighters Association. It’s a great cause. The Firefighters also made several check presentations to local organizations, such as our American Red Cross, as they do each year at their fundraising concert.
I had never had the privilege of seeing Lorrie in concert before. Now I wish I hadn’t waited so long. When she first came out on stage, she told all of us that she had a head cold, and to please excuse her if any of her vocals were a little off. She didn’t need to tell us that. Because while she sounded a little stuffy when she was talking, her vocals were fantastic! From start to finish the entire production was first rate.
The stage they set up at Freedom Hall for this annual event is much smaller than the one they normally put up at concerts. There’s about enough room for the artist and the band. But this year, they made room for two Christmas trees, and holiday lights all around the stage – even hanging from the overhead stage lights. The trees weren’t lit while Lorrie was singing her hits, and all the songs we know her for. But after her fantastic country set, she donned a floor-length, white, fur-lined hooded cloak, waved her arms at the Christmas trees, one at a time – and on came the brightly colored holiday lights. It was great.
Anyone who didn’t think it was starting to feel a lot like Christmas probably changed their mind when Lorrie started singing holiday tunes and traditional Christmas carols. For someone with a head cold, she did an amazing job with Ava Maria. I didn’t want the show to end. She did a ‘duet’ with Johnny Mathis, and one with Andy Williams. They weren’t there, of course, but Lorrie had their parts recorded, and she sang her part. During the song with Andy Williams, she got one of the men from the audience to join her on stage and ‘sing’ Andy’s part. It was cute. She’s definitely one great entertainer.
She has a special way of interacting with her band, her backup singer, and her audience. She told the audience who she was, how she get her start in country music, and who her dad was. She was fun to listen to – and made the audience feel very comfortable, as if she was talking to each one of us individually, telling us her story.
I could go on and on singing the praises of Lorrie Morgan. I am so happy that I got to see her show. And I definitely have a trip to the Grand Ole’ Opry on my list sometime when Lorrie is going to be on stage. But instead of rambling, let me just share a few more pictures of last night’s show with all of you. Pictures of Lorrie, her band, her backup singer, her Andy Williams duet partner, and a few more.
Lorrie’s opening act was a group of siblings who call themselves The Right Kids. You may remember them from America’s Got Talent. The kids definitely have talent! I’ll be putting up an article and pictures from their opening performance tomorrow evening.
I will talk to you all soon!