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Lorrie Morgan:

Country legend, son to perform at Jambo

July 12, 2012
By MIKE PALMER - The Ticket , Times Leader

It has been 28 years since Lorrie Morgan made her debut on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, fortunately for us, she continues to share her passion for performance and high energy entertainment with adoring fans both across the country and around the world.

One of of country music's most legendary ladies, she has no plans to be slowing down any time soon as is evidenced by the numerous projects on her plate for the second half of this year.

In addition to her own busy touring schedule, Morgan continues a successful collaboration with long-time friend Pam Tillis on their Grits & Glamour tour. Both two-time CMA Award winners with multi-platinum album sales, the pair have been playing to sold out venues and have decided to take the magic into the studio for a duets album

"We have great chemistry, each night we truly enjoy sharing the stage together," Lorrie explained. "We are not just out there one at a time doing our own thing, we sing together the entire time, backing each other up with harmonies."

"Pam and I are having a great time singing together with our very talented band," Morgan said the tour's success led to the idea of recording an album together. "We are currently working on the project, co-writing some of the songs and of course working with some of Nashville's hit songwriters."

Lorrie stated that the pair will head into the studio this summer to begin recording the album.

"The album was originally to come out this summer," Morgan clarified that the date had been pushed back. "We are excited about the new album and can't wait to share the music with our fans."

Lorrie said that the album will cover a variety of musical styles, "We have included a little something for everybody."

Morgan recently returned from touring in Europe and will appear locally at Jamboree in the Hills on Saturday, July 21. The appearance will move her to the front of a star studded list of frequent flyers when she makes her eighth on the stage in Morristown joining Joe Diffie and Lee Greenwood in the top ten all time.

"We love coming to Jamboree in the Hills," Morgan made her first appearance on the stage back in 1991. "It has always been a favorite show to play for us."

She announced a special treat for Jambo fans, she will be joined on stage by her son Jesse Keith Whitley.

"It is great to have him with us," Lorrie said beaming with pride. "He is doing very well with his own career. He just released his new EP, Kentucky Thunder.

The proud mother explained that she knows from her own personal experience that Jesse, despite his lineage in country music, has to and is making his own way in the industry.

With his famous father Country Music Legend Keith Whitley. and mother Lorrie, herself the daughter of Country Music Hall of Famer George Morgan. Mom knows well the work and sacrifice needed in order to succeed in music, no matter who your parents may be. "It is a hard process and he has to pay his dues and earn his stripes, just like everyone else in the business."

Lorrie and Jesse have another reason they enjoy coming to Jambo, George Morgan was raised in Barberton, Ohio and they still have family in the area.

"We will be getting together with our family members from the area after the show," said Lorrie. "We have a little family reunion, sit around and talk and always get out and sample some of the local food."

Lorrie also highlighted her project for this upcoming holiday season in Nashville and invited all of her fans to come down for Lorrie Morgan's Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

"Come on down and share the wonder and warmth of a down-home Christmas," adding that the show will feature songs from Lorrie's popular Merry Christmas from London album along with the many hits of her platinum-selling, 16-album career. "It is in an intimate setting and we think it is a cozy little Christmas gathering, it is an experience that you and your family will always treasure."

Lorrie said the show kicks off Thanksgiving weekend and runs through Christmas, "Come on down for a romantic weekend or family getaway, catch the show, and while your here discover Music City and experience the world-famous Grand Ole Opry."

The crowd for Saturday could be record setting with an all star line up. Preceding Morgan onstage will be local favorites Ron Retzer and 1170, Brother Trouble, Tristen Smith and Eden's Edge. Following her and Jesse will be Neal McCoy, The Eli Young Band, Little Big Town and the Buckeye State's own Rascal Flatts.



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