'Simpler is better'
Jan 25, 2013 (The Pueblo Chieftain - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
SUZY BOGGUSS IS HAVING FUN -- and why shouldn't she With a country music career that's spanned more than three decades and 17 albums, and produced hit songs such as "Hey Cinderella," "Drive South" and "Just Like the Weather," Bogguss has earned the opportunity to do what she likes, and she's taking advantage of it.
The release of "American Folk Songbook" in 2011 allowed Bogguss to bring many of her favorite folk tunes (and a 96page songbook) to a generation that likely hasn't heard them. She's also done swing and acoustic jazz projects in the last several years.
"I've been dabbling in a little bit of everything over the last couple of years," she said in a phone interview with The Pueblo Chieftain. "It's fun to let myself go. I'm just trying to be honest about the fact that I like to sing."
Bogguss has one of the best voices in any genre -- clear, resonant and emotional. Those qualities no doubt will be on display when she performs Saturday at the Runyon Theater in Pueblo. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.
"We do a little bit of everything," she said from her Tennessee home. "Every night is different. We usually cut up; that keeps the audience wondering what's next."
Bogguss performs with two other musicians.
"That's been my deal lately: Simpler is better," she said. "You tend to, when you're in the 'Big Machine,' pick things apart until they've lost all their soul. My operating method for the last 10 years has been, 'Please don't second-guess yourself.' " A conversation with Bogguss is filled with humor, common sense and a little bit of nostalgia for the city in which she's made her home and career for nearly 30 years.
"I just had dinner with some other writers and we said it's fun that Nashville is such a hotbed right now, but . . . you want these young kids to still revere the time we recognized country music," said Bogguss. "Our dream time was the '70s (with) Kris Kristofferson and all these amazing songwriters, the camaraderie they had.
"I'm hoping (young performers) will think we're just rock 'n' roll ladies and say, 'I hope I can drink like that when I'm in my 50s.' " Tickets for Bogguss' concert are $23 in advance and $27 at the door. A barbecue dinner is available for an additional $10. Reservations are required for dinner.
For information and reservations, call 564-0579 or visit runyontheater.org.
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