Cotuit Center for the Arts presents award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Suzy Bogguss in concert on Friday, November 9, at 7:30 PM.
One of the most acclaimed country singers of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Suzy Bogguss is a versatile singer with roots in both country and folk music, and a passion for performing and songwriting. A warm and generous performer, she connects with the audience through her always evolving musical visions. She has released 18 albums, numerous singles and music videos, and has appeared on a number of television shows.
During the creative explosion of country music in the 1990s, Bogguss sold 4 million records with hits like “Outbound Plane,” “Someday Soon,” “Letting Go,” and “Drive South.” Six of her songs were top-ten hits; three albums achieved gold status, and one album, “Aces” (1991), achieved platinum status.
She made a duets album with the legendary Chet Akins and an album of original music with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel. She collaborated with Alison Kraus, Kathy Mattea, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash to contribute “Teach Your Children” to the AIDS benefit compilation album, “Red Hot + Country.” Her performance with Kraus and Mattea at the White House was aired by PBS as “Women of Country Music.” Her 2003 album, “Swing,” was a stylish collection of pop, jazz, and swing tunes from Billie Holiday, Nate King Cole, Duke Ellington, and others.
Bogguss earned a Grammy for her work on “Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster” in 2005. Her self-titled album of original music landed her at number 4 on the jazz charts in 2007. Her 2011 album and book project, “American Folk Songbook,” is a testament to her love for traditional folk music and her desire to keep it alive and relevant.
Her 2014 album, “Lucky,” is a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard. “Merle Haggard is a hell of a storyteller,” said Bogguss. “When I hear his songs, I feel like I’m listening in on someone’s life.” On “Lucky,” she makes Haggard’s compositions her own, reinterpreting classics like “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “Silver Wings” and “Today I Started Loving You Again” from a female point of view.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Aces,” Bogguss re-recorded the album with some of Nashville’s top players. In “Aces Redux” (2016), Bogguss sings each of her earlier hits with richer insights that maturity and life experience has brought.
“The songs are timeless,” Bogguss writes on her Facebook page, “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."
In addition to her Grammy and several Grammy nominations, Suzy Bogguss won Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music in 1989, Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year in 1992, and the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association.
Tickets are $55, $50 for balcony seating. There is a $5 discount for members and a $2 discount for seniors and veterans. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. For more information, visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669.
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Suzy Bogguss in Concert
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit
Friday, November 9, 7:30 PM
$55, $50 for members. $5 discount for members; $2 discount for seniors and veterans