Suzy Bogguss, the country artist best known for her platinum-selling 1991 album Aces (which featured singles like “Someday Soon,” “Outbound Plane,” “Aces,” and “Letting Go”), is touring again. This time, she’s celebrating the release of her newest record, Lucky. Lucky is not a tribute record—but it is, in fact, entirely made up of Merle Haggard songs.
Suzy is releasing the record on Tuesday, February 4, playing a Music City Roots show at the Lovelace Café on Wednesday, February 5, and playing a show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville on Friday, February 7.
Here’s the best part: the Macon County Times spoke with Suzy today to hear about the new album, and we now have two free tickets to give away to one lucky reader. Here’s what you have to do: email firstname.lastname@example.org one paragraph about why you love either Merle Haggard or Suzy Bogguss by Monday, February 3 at noon. Include contact info and a full name. The lucky winner will be chosen by the end of the day.
And now for a little chat with Suzy Bogguss:
Q: What is your favorite thing about playing in Tennessee?
You know, these are home folks. I feel like a Tennessean; I’ve been here longer than I lived in Illinois, which is where I grew up. I’ve been in TN for 28 years.
Q: Why Merle Haggard?
Well you know, I had my first charting single with a Merle Haggard song, back in 1989. And I titled my first Capitol Records album after that song, called “Somewhere Between.” And I’ve always been a huge fan of him as an artist. I’ve always loved his melodies, his exploration with different styles of music. Even though you think of him as a stone country artist, the actual music behind his songs, is really pretty explorative. And I’ve always felt a kindred spirit with him in that way. So you know, I decided I wanted people to pay attention to what a great songwriter Merle Haggard is. So here’s a girl giving you these songs from a different standpoint. They’re very universal songs.
This record, it doesn’t feel like a Merle record—it’s Merle’s songs, but it’s much more acoustic.
Q: What is your favorite song on the new record?
Not really! I love them all, and we haven’t toured het, so usually my favorite song ends up being the one that gets the most reaction. So I can’t wait to see what the audience thinks.
Q: You’re touring again, and although you’ve been hard at work making more music, most people know you for your work in the early 90s. What song gets requested most often?
Well, “Somewhere Between” is one of them, and that really kind of led to the whole record. Because I didn’t have any way for them to buy that CD after the shows. So it just got me thinking about it, about how I relate to Merle’s music. Definitely “Letting Go,” “Cinderella”—people always ask for “Cinderella”- and “Someday Soon.” That’s one of the first ones that got into the top ten for me, so I really think it opened a lot of doors for me.
Q: Where would you like to see your music go in the future?
I’m sort of a spontaneous person, I just sort of wait for something to hit my gut and tell me that it’s time to do something. So I figure I’ll know when the next project comes, what it’s supposed to be. I listen to people when I’m out on tour, and a lot of times they’ll have ideas—I’ll just have to wait until it starts forming.
Lucky track listing:
1. Today I Started Loving You Again
2. Silver Wings
3. The Bottle Let Me Down
4. I Always Get Luck With You
5. If We Make It Through December
6. Let’s Chase Each Other Around The Room
7. The Running Kind
8. Going Where The Lonely Go
9. Someday When Things Are Good
10. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink
11. Sing Me Back Home
12. You Don’t Have Very Far To Go