Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Lorrie Morgan in concert at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, Tenn. This was not my first time seeing Lorrie on stage, and I am certain it will not be my last. Lorrie Morgan takes absolutely every reason there is go go to a country music show, and puts it all into an unforgettable 90-minute performance. It has been nearly two years since I went to one of Lorrie’s shows. The last time I saw her was her Christmas concert at Freedom Hall in Johnson City. [Write-up and photos from that performance here].
I have two things I really need to tell you all about last night’s show. The first one is that if you have never seen Lorrie Morgan in person, please make a point to do so. She is not only talented, she’s fun, energetic, delightful, and without a doubt one of country music’s most talented female artists. She has a history in country music that our younger generation will never have an opportunity to share with audiences. She was born into the world of country music. She makes every song she sings sound as if it were written for her. She works with her band, not just in front of them. She works with her audience, she does just play for them, she pays to them. What I saw Lorrie do two years ago, she did this time, too. This is one lady I will never get tired of. I don’t care how many times I get to see her – I will always be looking forward to the next time.
The second thing I need to share with all of you, is really directed to people in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina – and to anyone who might be able to get to this area for a special occasion…. if you have never had a chance to experience Niswonger Performing Arts Center, I hope one day you will. The auditorium is beautiful, the sound system state of the art, the venue obviously designed for the best sound, comfortable seats (and not a bad seat in the house). The fact that it only holds 1,100 people makes every performance an ‘up close and personal’ encounter with the headliner. I can’t say enough about this facility. Every town in America should have a place like this. And, I can’t talk about the place without mentioning the staff. Every person you meet at the venue has learned the right blend of ‘professional, polite and friendly’. They are a joy to be around, and each needs to be commended for a job well done. Look at their event schedule for the remainder of their season. The acts coming in include magic, dance, country, broadway, Christian artists, big band, retro rock, and even comedy. There is literally something for every member of the family headed to the stage of NPAC. I sincerely hope you all have a chance to be a part of the audience for at least one of these shows.
When you have a chance, visit Lorrie’s web site, to keep up with her tour schedule, single releases, latest news, and everything you need to know about Lorrie Morgan. You can also follow her on Twitter @TheLorrieMorgan, and she told me last night she does her own ‘tweets’. You can also visit her facebook page, and be sure to ‘Like’ that while you’re there. This is one hard-working lady, but one who still takes time to show how much she appreciates her fans. She talked to us, and signed autographs at a Meet & Greet before the show, and signed autographs after the show, for everyone who wanted one.
Going to finish this up with a few more pictures from last night’s show-You may find a shot or two of the band, the meet and greet, and maybe even my autographed lanyard.
Wonderful show from a wonderful performer. I will be back with more news soon! And, I have a lot of email to answer from many of my readers. Sometimes I just don’t get to that as often as I should, but please be patient, I will get you all answered soon!