Terri Clark is a country music singer-songwriter. Her career spans more than twenty years and has unleashed many amazing hits. She is the only Canadian female member of the Grand Ole Opry (even though she would definitely like to see more of them). She is taking the stage and wowing crowds at Broadway Center’s Pantages Theater in Tacoma this Friday, August 11, 2017. Get tickets and info here.
Could you tell me a little about the show you are bringing to Tacoma?
Well it is my full band show. I think a lot of people know now that I do a lot of solo shows but this time I am coming with my full band. I love that this show almost has three parts to it. It is high-energy. It has all of the hits that people want to hear. There is nostalgia out the wazoo. There is a lot of joking around. I have great musicians in the band. I strip it down and do one or two songs absolutely solo as well. We have an acoustic segment and go back to the full band. We cover a lot of ground in ninety minutes. I think everyone gets to see what we are capable of doing.
Are you going to be spending any time in Tacoma?
It is a quick in and out. We have a lot of shows in a short amount of time. I think we have eight shows in ten days. I am pretty sure we will be taking off right after the show. I have some really fond memories of Tacoma though. That was the first place I did a show with George Strait when I went on tour with him in 1996. We were at the Tacoma Dome and it was my first time playing in front of a crowd that size. He was playing in the round and I did the entire tour with him that year. I remember hanging out with my band and cruising around the Tacoma Guitar Factory. They gave us some really cool guitars. I have some great memories of Tacoma. I love that part of the country. I could really live in Oregon or Washington easily.
What does it mean to you to be the only Canadian female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry?
Well first of all, I don’t know how I fooled them into that (laughter). It is a pretty amazing feeling to have that title and I am sure that someday somebody will come along and add to that number. I hope they do. Until then, it is a tremendous honor and I don’t take it lightly.
Do you have any wacky stories of fans trying to meet you?
Oh my gosh (laughter)! There are so many. There have been instances of people sneaking backstage, just opening the door to the bus and walking on. Most people are pretty respectful though. I did have a fan come to my house one time a long time ago. I asked her how she found out where I lived and she said she just asked at the corner store. So, I had to have a talk with the corner store people (laughter).
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up?
Oh gosh! That varies for sure. Reba for sure! Ricky Skaggs, The Judds, Barbara Mandrell, Loretta Lynn, and Patsy Cline. My mom was a big fan of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and The Beatles. I got a lot from the folk rock era from that time. It is a bit of a melting pot for me.
Sounds like you have a very sturdy singer-songwriter background in there.
Oh absolutely. It is very eclectic. Even today some of my favorite people to listen to are Ray Lamontagne, Jason Isbell, and artists like that. I love people who really create music that moves them.
How do you ride that line between the songs you want to write and play & the ones the radio will play?
(Laughter) I don’t know if this is fortunate or unfortunate but my radio career is more on the broadcaster side these days. I host a show called “Country Gold” that focuses on a lot of the 90s era of country music. I am having a great time doing that. On the musical side, I am focusing more on what I want to say and what I want to convey musically. I am really making music more for me now than radio.
Who would you like to collaborate with at this point in your career?
Well, there are people I would love to write with. I would love to write with Brandy Clark. I think she is an absolutely brilliant writer. There are so many talented people out there. I would even love to work outside of the genre of country as well. I could see doing something a little different.
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