Art Talk Monday

Greatest Hits (Pam Tillis album)

Dixie welcomes country music star

One of the greatest joys I've found in spending time as a Dixie volunteer is the opportunity to work with the talented artists that we present in the theater.

And the next artist to perform is one that I'm certainly looking forward to meeting in person.  While I've had telephone conversations with key people from Nashville in planning the Pam Tillis concert, I've yet to speak with Pam.  I'm looking forward to welcoming her to Ruston on Jan. 26 along with many others who have already purchased tickets to the event.

For many years I've enjoyed the music of Pam Tillis who gave us hits that include "Don't Tell Me What to Do," One of Those Tings," Maybe it was Memphis," Shake the Sugar Tree," "Let the Pony Run" and "Put Yourself in My Place."  And who could forget "Cleopatra, Queen of the Denial."

Tillis grew up in Nashville surrounded by music.  As the daughter of country star Mel Tillis, she made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry at age 8, singing "Tom Dooley." Throughout her education music was the only thing she took seriously.  Tillis enrolled at the University of  Tennessee and later at Belmont University in Nashville.  In the late 1970's she dropped out of college to pursue her music career.

In 1993, she won her first major award from Country music winning the CMA Awards' Vocal Event on the Year with George Jones and Friends for "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair."  In 1994 Tillis released her fourth album, "Sweetheart's Dance" which was certified Gold.  Tillis called her "Greatest Hits" album released in 1997 her turning point.  Her career gained momentum with the release of "All the Good Ones are Gone"   To date Tillis has released 10 albums and has earned 13 top 10 country hits.

Accomplishments of the singer songwriter don't stop with the country music scene.  The versatile entertainer has been on Broadway and appeared in movies and on television.  The former demo singer in Nashville Tenn., who later found work as a staff member has made her mark on country music while never forgetting her roots.

We're looking for a real good time at the Dixie Center for the Arts on Jan. 26 as we welcome Mel's little girl to Ruston.

Tickets are available at the box office Wednesday thru Friday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

You may also call Miss Libby at 255-1450 to reserve your seat for an evening that won't soon be forgotten.

This weeks Art Talk was contributed by John Emory Jr. who is the programs coordinator for the Dixie Center for the Arts.