Country music queen coming to Montrose on Aug. 10
The list of professional accomplishments in Lorrie Morgan’s career is long.
There are the 13 studio albums, the numerous female country vocalist of the year honors, the 25 singles that charted on Billboard, and the duets with such legends as Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis.
Morgan, 51, is sharing her talent and passion for country music with western Colorado at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Montrose Pavilion, 1898 Pavilion Drive.
Tickets are $40 and are available at the Pavilion box office or by calling either (970) 249-7015 in Montrose or 243-TIXS (8497) in Mesa County. People also can purchase tickets online at sandstoneconcerts.com.
I caught up with Morgan on a recent Tuesday morning to talk about her career, how she takes care of her voice, and if there was ever a time the country music singer with the thick Tennessee accent thought to herself, “No More Country!”
O&A: Have you spent your entire life in Tennessee?
Morgan: I’ve spent my entire life on the road. (Laughs.) But, yes, I call Tennessee home.
O&A: When did you start your life on the road?
Morgan: I did start working the road when I was 16 years old. So, I’ve been out there like three or four years. (Laughs). No, I’ve been out there a long, long, long, long time. I guess I first started touring regularly with my first big records. Now I’m doing like 70 or 80 dates a year. I’m gone on weekends most of the time and home during the week. I’ve got great home time and great time on the roads with my band and my fans.
O&A: I’m sure musicians aspire to get to that point where you get to pick and choose where and when you perform?
Morgan: I’m not really at that point where I can pick and choose. I’m just like every other American and feel the (economic) pinch, but I think it keeps you humble. We do still have to get out there and work, but I’m making it more fun these days than before. Like I said, I’m not gone all the time.
O&A: I’ve read plenty of stories about musicians who performed for years at such a high level that they begin to have trouble with their voices. How do you take care of your voice?
Morgan: I’ve just been blessed. I drink tons of water. I try to exercise, but I drink a ton of water. I smoked for 30 years, but I quit about seven years ago, and it’s probably the best thing I’ve done for my body and my voice.
O&A: Was there ever a moment in your career where you thought, “No more country. I’m so over this country music thing.”
Morgan: No. I’ve never been done with the country thing. I do like to branch out, but as far as being done with country, it’s what I’ve made my living on, and it’s truly one of the loves of my life: country music. I’ve done a pop album, and I’ve sang with Johnny Mathis and Frank Sinatra, but my roots are in country.
O&A: What do you hear from your fans about your music?
Morgan: They are so sweet. They always tell me my songs relate to them and helped them through a crisis in their life. That means a lot to know your songs help people and inspire people.
O&A: Are there any unfulfilled goals left in your professional life?
Morgan: Oh yeah. There’s a lot of things I want to do. I want to do another whole album of the songs I’ve written. I want to perform in Hawaii. I want to produce an album. I want to write a Broadway musical. I’ve got a lot of dreams.
O&A: Think there is untapped potential turning country music into a Broadway show?
Morgan: Oh yes. Definitely. Def.
O&A: Any big plans for the immediate future, like this year?
Morgan: We are doing a “Lorrie Morgan Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show” at Christmas at Opryland from November 15 every night until December 25. I want to make sure you put that in your paper to let everyone know they are invited to Opryland.
O&A: How about western Colorado? Ever performed here?
Morgan: If I have, it’s been a few years back. What’s the elevation there?
O&A: (After looking it up.) It’s 5,806 feet in Montrose, and 4,593 in Grand Junction. Does it really make a difference?
Morgan: I can’t tell you the difference. When I smoked I didn’t do shows in Colorado because I couldn’t breathe. The air is so thin, and we’re used to a lot of humidity in Tennessee. A lot. The good thing is we’re bringing the bus, so it’ll be a gradual incline for me.