Tillis, Morgan bringing ‘Grits and Glamour’ back to Peppermill

2013-02-07T08:29:00Z Tillis, Morgan bringing ‘Grits and Glamour’ back to PeppermillBy Cindy Joyce Free Press Correspondent Elko Daily Free Press
February 07, 2013 8:29 am  • 

WEST WENDOVER — Here’s another chance to experience the glamorous duo, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, the girls who bring the “Grits (girls raised in the south) and Glamour” Tour alive. They are scheduled to perform at the Peppermill Concert Hall 9 p.m. Feb. 22. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Together, these two country ladies pack a powerful punch in every show, each bringing their own style in song, to join together for an amazing sound.

Each having their own style in wardrobe, but complementing each other, these glamorous ladies know how to carry “glitz” to the stage.

“We had a lot of fun planning that shoot. It was by the lake at my house in Tennessee. We had the best time dressin’ up. We were in ‘Barbie’ land,” Morgan said, describing the Grits and Glamour photo shoot.

Born Loretta Lynn Morgan, Morgan said her dad just started calling her Lorrie when she was little and it became a nickname. “I was born Loretta Lynn, before Loretta Lynn came to town, so I wasn’t really named after her,” she said.

The daughter of the great country legend George Morgan, Lorrie said it was very difficult to follow in his footsteps.

“My dad was very special and unique to this industry. He was always such a gentleman, everybody just loved dad, and it wasn’t just necessarily about his music, it was about him as a person. I had a lot to prove.”

With her many top honors, such as being the Grand Ole Opry’s youngest singer to join at age 24, many “Female Artists Of the Year” awards and several other distinguished awards, Morgan has proven her own talents above and beyond.

“I have been a daughter, a bride, a mother, a divorcee, a widow, a single mother, a grandmother, a breadwinner and ultimately, a survivor, It seems, in many ways, that I am a living, breathing country song and I know what I sing,” Morgan said.

Out of her many roles in life, her greatest challenge is being a good mother.

“I’ve always tried to keep my home life with my children very real and down to earth. Being a good mother has been one of my goals,” said Morgan.

“You have to be kind to people,” Morgan said. “The same people you meet goin’ up, you’re goin’ to run into them comin’ down. Nobody stays on top forever. It’s really important to be sweet, kind and generous. It’s a tough business for women. You have to ride that saddle. You don’t know if you want to ride it side saddle or if you’re goin’ to ride it full force, like a barrel rider. Whatever you do, you have do it with grace, dignity and keep your priorities straight.”

Morgan has recorded with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and the Beach Boys.

“Those were the highlights. Things I dreamed of when I was a little girl. I never dreamed I’d sing with Frank Sinatra or The Beach Boys. It was extremely an honor for me,” she said.

Morgan’s favorite song to perform is “Something In Red.”

“It’s always a pleasure, it’s like the moment song,” said Morgan.

Morgan describes “Merry Christmas From London,” one of her many works.

“To hear it come alive with the London Symphony, the magic we created with that album, to me it’s my favorite,” she said.

Morgan is active in many charities, among them are the American Heart Association and the Humane Society. “I’m a big Humane Society supporter. I believe in helping the little, innocent animals that people abuse. It’s really special in my heart,” Morgan said.

With big hearts and big voices, these two “dynamite” ladies, deliver nothing less than an “explosive” performance.

Tickets, starting at $10, may be purchased by calling 1-800-217-0049 or wendoverfun.com.

 You must be 21 or older to attend.

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