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’80s and ’90s acclaimed female country singer
Suzy Bogguss is one of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of the Illinois native’s 1989 major label debut, “Somewhere Between,” Suzy quickly became one of the key artists. Eventually, she contributed to the songs that defined those golden days of ’90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like “Outbound Plane,” “Drive South,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Letting Go” and “Aces,” and her 1991 album of that name was certified platinum.
Suzy is back on the road celebrating her latest album “Lucky”. This is a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard. “When I hear his songs, I feel like I’m listening in on someone’s life.” Suzy does more than just listen. The CMA, ACM and Grammy Award-winning singer makes the country rebel’s compositions her own, reinterpreting classics like “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “Silver Wings” and “Today I Started Loving You Again” from a female point of view. “Merle is one of the most masculine songwriters I’ve ever heard, and I’ve been watching boys cover his music for years. I just thought, ‘Why couldn’t a girl do this?’” Suzy says.
Arguably, Suzy Bogguss did more than anybody to change the role of the female vocalist during the 1990s.
Certainly, she racked up her share of hits — which are chronicled without fault on this collection. But more than that, she was a singer who weathered the Nash Vegas storms with grace, took control of her own career, and became a producer of her own recordings.
She selected material rather than having Jimmy Bowen select it for her. She broke all the rules regarding genres from Western Swing yodels (Patsy Montana’s “I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart”) to cowboy songs (Ian Tyson’s “Someday Soon”), modern Americana (John Hiatt’s “Drive South” and Nanci Griffith’s “Outbound Plane”), to recording the work of cutting-edge Nashville songwriters such as Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison (“Diamonds And Tears” and “Eat At Joe’s”), as well as Kim Richey’s “From Where I Stand,” to songwriting “One More For The Road” and “Far And Way” with Doug Crider, to interpreting the classics (Jimmie Rodgers’ “In The Jailhouse Now”).
“Drive South” is the highest charting single by Bogguss. It managed to reach number 2 in 1992. It is from her “Voices in the Wind” album and was written by John Hiatt.
On the other hand, The Forester Sisters recorded the song with guest vocals from The Bellamy Brothers. This version appeared on the Forester Sisters’ album Come Hold Me in 1990. It charted on both the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in the United States and the RPM Country Tracks charts in Canada.
Sit back and relax as you groove with this Suzy Bogguss hit.
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