Lorrie Morgan: Live at the Hippodrome

Fri. Jun 28, 2019 at 7:00pm CDT
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One of the most eloquently emotive country vocalists of modern
times is launching her first new solo album in five years.
Lorrie Morgan, the first woman in her genre to begin her career
with three consecutive Platinum albums, re-emerges on Shanachie
Entertainment with Letting Go....Slow. It is a collection that showcases
a rainbow of emotions, from darkest heartache to bright, shiny humor.
“Where I am in my life right now, I’m not afraid to express what
I feel, or what I don’t feel,” she comments about the collection’s varied
moods. “I’m not afraid to express my views on anything, especially on
being a woman.
“I have been a daughter, a bride, a mother, a divorcee, a widow,
a single mother, a breadwinner and, ultimately, a survivor. In many
ways, I am a living, breathing country song, and I know what I sing.
“I didn’t want this to be just another album. I wanted it to be
something that really moved me. When I listened to songs for it, I’d
think, ‘No, not that one. I’m not going to be able to sing that one,
because I’m not going to be able to feel it.’ It was very important to
me for this album to reflect the things that I am feeling today.”
Morgan has long been the envy of her peers for her lustrous
vocal phrasing and the down-to-earth believability of her torchy
performances. On records such as “A Picture of Me Without You” and “I
Guess You Had to Be There,” she ached with pain. She was feisty and
sassy in “Watch Me,” “What Part of No” “Five Minutes” and “I Didn’t
Know My Own Strength.” She has kicked up her stiletto heels in fun on
her hits “Except for Monday” and “Go Away.” On her epic “Something
in Red” she was an anguished, struggling everywoman.
Her performances on Letting Go....Slow can match any of her
earlier efforts, for they are among the most vibrant of her career. The
collection is divided equally between new songs and her reinventions
of country classics.
This peerless song interpreter brings a soprano lilt and a cha-cha
retro tempo to the Patsy Cline favorite “Strange.” Bobbie Gentry’s
Southern-gothic saga “Ode to Billie Jo” is taken at a slow, swampy
pace with Morgan dipping into her deep alto register. She brings

enormous tenderness to Vern Gosdin’s “Is It Raining at Your House.”
On Bob Dylan’s “Lay, Lady Lay,” Morgan is pert and jaunty,
riding a reggae groove. She resonates sadness in her version of Larry
Gatlin’s “I’ve Done Enough Dying Today,” but rises resiliently in her
reworking of Earl Thomas Conley’s “What I’d Say.”
Each of the new songs she has chosen for Letting Go...Slow is a
small revelation. “Something About Trains” is a highly inventive
arrangement and a contemplative lyric, both of which fit this singing
stylist like fine couture. “Slow” is a power ballad that she gives a
torrid, emotional undertow. “Jesus and Hairspray is “one for the girls,”
a humorous, upbeat and highly entertaining ditty incorporating the old
aphorism, “the higher the hair, the closer to heaven.”
Morgan co-wrote “How Does It Feel” in response to her divorce
from singer Sammy Kershaw several years ago. The sublimely country
“Lonely Whiskey” is the penultimate barroom weeper. The stunning
“Spilt Milk,” on the other hand, finds the singer exploring a jazzier tone
as she adopts an after-hours cabaret mood.
To record this remarkable return to disc, Lorrie Morgan reunited
with producer Richard Landis. He has helped craft many of her prior
hits, as well as acclaimed recordings for Vince Gill, Neil Diamond,
Ronnie Milsap, Juice Newton, Eddie Rabbitt, Poco, Kenny Rogers,
Dionne Warwick, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and dozens more.
“Richard is so creative,” says Morgan. “It sounds like a cliche,
but he really is a musical genius. And he believes in what he produces
so passionately that it scares people. He’s very intense. We feed off of
each other in the studio. We push each other to be better. He has a
way of making me try harder.
“We recorded in a former church that has been turned into a
recording studio on Music Row. It had a great vibe. We had all the
musicians in there with me. I wanted it to sound like me and the guys
just sitting and playing. It’s a very warm sounding record, with the
steel, the harmonica and the dobro ‘answering’ my vocals. I like to
sing ‘live’ with the musicians. A lot of the vocals on this album were
done in one take, because I feed off the musicians. And Richard
encourages that.
“I have been living with some of these songs for more than a
year. ‘I’ve Done Enough Dyring Today’ and ‘Is It Raining at Your

House’ are songs I have wanted to record for 10 years. I sang ‘Ode to
Billie Jo’ in my live shows for a long time.”
“Slow” is co-written by Ashlee Hewitt, who is Lorrie Morgan’s
daughter-in-law and former backup singer. Hewitt now performs in the
up-and-coming Nashville trio Post Monroe. “How Does It Feel” is even
closer to home, since Morgan co-wrote it herself.
“I have always written songs, and I do love to write,” she
comments. “But I don’t like to pair up with a lot of people. It’s more of
a personal thing with me. It usually bothers me to co-write, and I
don’t like appointment writing, at all. Plus, I’m not one of those people
who says, ‘If I didn’t write it, I’m not going to record it.’ If somebody
else’s song is better, I’m going to record it and not mine.”
Lorrie Morgan has been around great songs all her life. She is a
Nashville native who is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame
member George Morgan. She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry
stage at age 13, singing “Paper Roses.” Her father died suddenly of a
heart attack at age 51. She was l6 at the time and just beginning her
musical career. Lorrie Morgan began making records shortly
thereafter. She was honored with induction into the Opry cast when
she was just 24.
Morgan married fellow country singer Keith Whitley in 1986. She
was signed to RCA Records in 1987, and her onslaught of hits began
the following year. Whitley’s tragic death of an alcohol overdose in
1989 left her a widowed working mother. Their duet “Til a Tear
Becomes a Rose” earned her a 1990 CMA award.
Her first three albums, Leave the Light On (1989), Something in
Red (1991) and Watch Me (1992), all earned Platinum Record awards.
Her Greatest Hits collection (1999) is also Platinum. War Paint (1994),
Greater Need (1996) and Shakin’ Things Up (1997) are all Gold Record
She sang “The Sad Cafe“ on Common Threads: Songs of the
Eagles, which was named the CMA Album of the Year in 1994. Country
fans voted Lorrie Morgan their TNN/Music City News Female Vocalist of
the Year in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Lorrie Morgan maintained her recording pace in the new
millennium, releasing collections in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2010. In
2012 and 2013, Morgan starred and sparkled in the lavish Enchanted

Christmas productions at the opulent Opryland Resort in Nashville. She
took that show on the road in 2014.
In 2013, she teamed with fellow Opry star Pam Tillis for the duet
CD Dos Divas. The two hit makers then embarked on a two-year joint
tour that sold out every appearance.
“We had a blast,” says Morgan with a chuckle. “It wasn’t until
the Grits & Glamor tour that we really connected. We connected as
working mothers, as businesswomen, as second-generation
performers.” Pam is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame
member Mel Tillis, who co-wrote “Strange” on Morgan’s new CD. Both
women also share a finely honed sense of humor.
“I pride myself on my humor. My dad used to say, ‘You should
never take yourself too seriously,’ and I got my sense of humor from
my dad. I love to have fun. I’ve reached the age where I feel that I
deserve good company around me, people who can make me laugh,
who love music and who love to have a good time.
“On the outside, I’m very lighthearted. But on the inside, I have
a lot of pain that I deal with. Singing is my therapy, and that is what
this album is all about. ‘Lonely Whiskey’ says it all. Like I said, I’m at
the point where I’m not afraid to sing about what I want to sing and to
be creative. And this record gave me that chance.
“I didn’t want to record just another nice little album that gets
put away on a shelf. I wanted to record a Grammy Award winning
album. That was my goal.
“But no matter what happens, I think these recording sessions
were just magical. It was the most fun I’ve ever had doing an album.”

Lorrie Morgan

Loretta Lynn Morgan (born June 27, 1959) is an American country music singer. She is the daughter of George Morgan, a country music singer who charted several hit singles between 1949 and his death in 1975.

Morgan charted her first single in 1978, although she did not break into the top of the U.S. country charts until her 1989 single, "Trainwreck of Emotion." Since then, she has charted 40 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, with three number one hits: "Five Minutes," "What Part of No" and "I Didn't Know My Own Strength". She has also recorded 15 studio albums. At various points in her life, Morgan has been married to four country singers: Ron Gaddis, Keith Whitley, Jon Randall and Sammy Kershaw. She has sold over 6 million records worldwide.

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