Triple play: Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss team up for ‘Chicks with Hits’
The tour is called “Chicks with Hits” but that’s only because “Three of the Biggest Names in Country Music – Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss – Team Up for a Night of Acoustic Music” was too long.
Long, but accurate. Between them, Clark, Tillis and Bogguss have 36 top 10 singles, more than 10 million records sold and countless Grammys, Academy of Country Music awards, Country Music Association awards and Canadian Country Music Association awards.
The trio will headline the First Interstate Center for the Arts on Monday.
“I had been thinking about putting together an all-female package like this for a few years,” Clark said in a news release. “There is short list of women who can play and sing and have the hits to back it up. Pam and Suzy were a great fit and we are pretty sure it’s going to be a blast for us all.”
As the story goes, the three singer met in the ’90s, when female country artists were both celebrated and pitted against one another for radio airplay.
Nevertheless, Clark, Tillis and Bogguss chose to become friends and support each other.
“All three of us have kept sight of the things that made us love making music in the first place – the love of singing, and the desire to make people feel something with the songs,” Bogguss said in a press release.
For “Chicks with Hits,” the trio have plenty of songs to choose from.
Clark made a huge impact in her native Canada and in the United States with the 1995 release of her self-titled debut, which – buoyed by singles like “Better Things to Do,” “When Boy Meets Girl,” “If I Were You” and “Suddenly Single” –went triple platinum in Canada and platinum in the U.S.
Her sophomore album “Just the Same” saw nearly the same level of success (double platinum in Canada and platinum in the U.S.) and earned her her first of many Fans’ Choice and Female Artist of the Year awards from the Canadian Country Music Association.
Fast forward to September 2018 when Clark released her 11th studio album, “Raising the Bar,” and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Tillis, daughter of country singer Mel Tillis, followed in her father’s footsteps with 1983’s “Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey.”
But it wasn’t until 1991’s “Put Yourself in My Place” that her name became a regular on the country charts.
After 11 albums and dozens of singles, including “Don’t Tell Me What To Do,” “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “When You Walk in the Room,” “All the Good Ones Are Gone” and “Please,” Tillis released her second record with singer Lorrie Morgan, “Come See Me and Come Lonely,” in 2017.
Bogguss has a lot of hard work and a little help from Dolly Parton to thank for her career.
After a three-day audition for Parton at what would eventually become Dollywood, Bogguss became the first featured female performer at the park.
Having previously released an album and collection of demos independently, Bogguss released her debut studio album “Somewhere Between” in 1989.
More recently, Bogguss released her 13th album “Aces Redux,” a re-recording of 1991’s “Aces.”
“The songs are timeless, but over the past 25 years I feel like I’ve grown as a vocalist, and when we started recording ‘Aces Redux’ I got so excited because these songs took on a whole new life that is more representative of who I am and what I do now,” Bogguss told the website Music Row in 2016.
There’s no telling which hit songs will be featured during “Chicks with Hits,” but the guitar pull-style show will, according to the trio, feature as much laughter as there is music.
“We’re hams!” Bogguss said in a news release. “Anybody could tell that we love what we do! We are going to have big fun and those we have the opportunity to share it with will too!”
Tillis agrees that the trio’s humor and music will make the evening a blast for those on and off the stage.
“Our music blends beautifully, we all have an appreciation for traditional, folk and country rock and share many of the same influences,” she said in a press release. “Between the harmonies and the humor it’s gonna be pretty darn fun.”