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Suzy Bogguss to perform Sept. 13

Suzy Bogguss

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What: Suzy Bogguss in concert

When: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13

Where: Jamestown Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave NE

Tickets: $38 general admission

Contact: Jamestown Masonic Lodge, 252-2459

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Country singer Suzy Bogguss said she enjoyed the nomadic life of her early career that took her through North Dakota on her way out west.

"I love North Dakota," Bogguss said.

Bogguss said she got her start by performing at coffee shops and ski resorts in Montana and Wyoming. She and her German shepherd-collie mix hit the road in a camper truck and slept in state parks.

"It was the quintessential story of a dog and a truck," she said.

Bogguss said she used a citizens band radio to chat with the truckers who became her big brothers on the road. She would lunch with them at truck stops.

"I was either pretty fearless or pretty green or the people were just nice," Bogguss said. "I tend to believe the people were nice."

In a way the current tour is revisiting those early days, Boggus said. The songs from her most recent album, "Aces Redux," are a re-recording of her platinum-selling 1991 album Aces.

Her signature hits, "Outbound Plane," "Someday Soon," "Letting Go," and "Drive South" all reflect the changes in her music and her life, she said.

"After singing a song a gazillion times I tend to sort of create little images in the song that tell the story," Boggus said. "I realized when I got back in the studio to record the songs again how much I really changed them over the course of time."

With, "Letting Go," Bogguss said her husband of 32 years, singer-songwriter Doug Crider, wrote the song about her relationship with her mother at the time she left her Aledo, Ill., home.

"In that song I am the daughter flying off for a new life, and I didn't have any kids," Bogguss said. "Now I am like the mother, and when I got ready to sing it again my son had just moved away."

The little differences deepen the meaning of the songs, she said. The 1990s radio hits were full of sound, but for this tour the song licks (musical pattern or phrase) are familiar but with a scaled-down feel, she said.

"Part of music is knowing when not to play," Bogguss said.

Her musicians include guitarist Craig Smith and Elio Giordano, on a standup bass. Fans are surprised how much sound the trio can make with everybody picking away and singing the harmonies, she said.

Bogguss will also perform new songs that might be on her next album. She will also sing from her duets album with Chet Atkins and from her album of Merle Haggard songs.

"My dad carpooled to work and listened to 8 tracks of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens," she said.

Bogguss said she sold her first vinyl records out of the back of her camper. She collected fan addresses in a notebook to send them postcards when she came to town to perform again.

Instead of 200 handwritten postcards, Bogguss said she now messages thousands of fans on social media and concert alert apps.

"It's a different way of getting to people nowadays," she said.

Thos 1980s mailing lists came in handy when there was a gap in her tour. More than 3,000 fans showed up for a performance Cody, Wyo. It's important to remember the people who were there at the beginning, she said.

"People still make things happen for you if continue to have a relationship," Bogguss said.