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Arts and Entertainment

September 14, 2012

Country duo to bring tour to Oneonta

Country music stars Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center — located at 24 Market St. in Oneonta — as part of their Grits & Glamour Tour.

Morgan made her first major appearance singing “Paper Roses” with father and country singer George Morgan at a 1975 concert at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

When her father died that same year, a media release said, she took to the road with her dad’s band and toured the country, “keeping his memory alive and winning countless fans along the way.”

In 1984, when Morgan was 25, she became the youngest person to gain membership into the Grand Ole Opry. Some of well-known songs include “Trainwreck of Emotion,” “Five Minutes” and “What Part of No.”

Tillis has sold more than 6 million records, scoring 14 Top Five songs — including six that hit No. 1 — since her hit in 1990. 

Also an accomplished songwriter, Tillis’ compositions have been recorded by such varied artists as Chaka Khan, Martina McBride, Highway 101, Juice Newton and Conway Twitty. She was one of the first women in Nashville to produce her own album, and she received the Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association in 1994.

In 1999, Tillis became the first female country entertainer to star in a Broadway musical, when she appeared in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” After performances on Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, the singer expanded her television credits with roles on “Diagnosis Murder,” “Promised Land” and “LA Law.”

Tillis was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.

Ticket prices for the show range from $40 to $50. For more information, call 431-2080, go to http://foothillspac.org or email info@foothillspace.org.

Next up at Foothills are a cappella groups The Lost Dogs and Hooked on Tonics at 8 p.m. Oct. 4.

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