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Country singer-songwriter Pam Tillis will perform old hits and new songs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Submitted photo

Tillis to perform at Civic Center

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Country singer-songwriter Pam Tillis is taking some time from her crazy life to perform old hits and new tunes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jamestown Civic Center.


Tillis, known for singing “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)” and other tunes, will perform with two other women as a trio.

“We do most of the hits and especially the ones that lend themselves to an acoustic setting,” Tillis said. “… I do a balance. You can’t disappoint people who want the hits.”

The show will include music from her album, “It’s All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis,” in which she sings songs written by herself or her father, country musician Mel Tillis. It will also include some tunes from “RhineStoned,” which Tillis released in 2007, and from “Dos Divas,” released in 2013.

“And then we do some things that are so new they haven’t even been recorded. So we try to have a nice variety in the show,” Tillis said.

She’s been touring for about 25 years, and previously performed in Jamestown a few years ago.

During her years in the country music industry, Tillis’ style has changed, shifting gradually away from a slicker, more produced sound.

“Now I just appreciate the beauty of simplicity more, and I don’t need all the bells and whistles,” she said. “And I think I’ve gotten a much more greater appreciation for the organic side of things.”

She’s also begun to appreciate her roots more, bringing back some of the flavor of traditional country to her own work.

“It sounds fresh, because you don’t hear a lot of that on the radio anymore. And people appreciate that,” Tillis said, calling herself “a little bit old-fashioned.”

The show is family friendly, and Tillis has embraced her own family legacy in country music.

Earlier in her career, she said, she had to almost distance herself from her family, even though she didn’t always want to do that.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’d call for an interview … and the very first thing out of (the interviewer’s) mouth was ‘How’s your dad?’” Tillis recalled.

With a series of her own musical accomplishments behind her, including 15 albums and 38 singles, Tillis has successfully forged her own career.

Her show, she said, is always changing and evolving.

“It’s a laid-back show,” she said. “… there’s a lot of stories. It’s really personal, it’s down-to-earth. I just want people to walk away feeling like they know us better. That’s the tradition of entertaining that I grew up with.”

Tickets are available for $34 from members of the James Valley Police Association, or at the Jamestown Civic Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Tickets are general admission only.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Comedian Kermet Apio will perform before Tillis.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at (701) 952-8453 or

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Kari Lucin
Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.
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