Looking to repeat her 2011 sellout performance, country music artist Pam Tillis will present the final concert in the 2017-2018 Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre. Starting at 7 p.m., the acoustic performance will take place Saturday at the Cartersville venue, 7 N. Wall St.
According to a news release from The Grand Theatre, “Pam Tillis has been a formidable force in country music since her first single hit the charts in 1990. She has racked up 14 Top 5 hits, including six that hit No. 1, and has sold over 6 million records.
“An accomplished songwriter, Pam has had her compositions recorded by artists as varied as Chaka Khan, Martina McBride, Highway 101, Juice Newton and Conway Twitty. She was one of the first women in Nashville to produce her own album, and she was awarded the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year by the [Country Music Association] in 1994, and she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.”
During her performance, Tillis is planning to entertain fans with new and old medleys.
“It’s kind of like a soup. It’s a little of this, a little of that,” Tillis said about her upcoming concert’s setlist. “I take requests. I try to do as many of the songs as we still remember that people want to hear, and I want to make sure that most everybody goes home happy with that. Then we do some choice album cuts.
“I’m previewing some new material on my upcoming album that’s in progress,” she said, referring to the forthcoming work that is two-thirds complete. “… This one has a little flavor of some of the ’70s country and rock.”
Among her many career accomplishments, Tillis said being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry ranks at the top.
“As most anybody who gets inducted will tell you, it’s pretty emotional,” Tillis said. “… Country music has changed so much. It’s nice that there’s still some tradition in there. It’s always important to be in touch with your roots.
“The Grand Ole Opry is one of the deep, deep roots, if not the taproot of country music. You’re also part of a pretty cool chain of performers. You’re part of a family and a link in a chain. It’s very special.”
With a career spanning three decades, Tillis credits her longevity to striving to “show up in every way.”
“In my live shows, from start to finish, I’ll be at that venue for eight hours,” Tillis said. “… I want to make sure the sound is right. I talk to the light man. I want to make sure that I meet all the people who are setting up, tearing down. I want to shake the hand of the last man to leave the building. So I just really try to show up. And when I do meet people, I try to be kind. My daddy taught me that,” she said about her father, the late Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis. “I respect people from all walks of life, and I am grateful for my fans.”
Kicking off with The Petty Hearts in November 2017, the Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre featured a total of five different concerts. The series also highlighted the music of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Thompson Square and Balsam Range.
Launched in the early 2000s, the series was fine-tuned following the results of a community survey more than 10 years ago. Conducted by The Grand, the survey sought public input on a variety of items, from preferred types of music to performance dates and times. In addition to pinpointing Saturday as the concert day of choice, the survey revealed area residents enjoy country and bluegrass music and tribute shows.
“We always try to finish off the Century Bank Entertainment Series with a big name artist, and Pam Tillis certainly fits that mold,” Grand Theatre Administrator Matt Santini said. “She played before a sold out audience at The Grand around 2011, and this year will be a sellout as well. We have less than 90 seats left, and they are moving quickly.
“This will be an acoustic show, so it will be an intimate setting. Last time she was here, she performed with two other ladies who played and provided backup vocals. I am not sure exactly how this year’s show will be set up, but I guarantee you that it will be a great show. Pam and her people were so kind and professional on and off the stage. We are looking forward to having her back with us.”
Tickets are $27 for orchestra level seats and $22 for balcony level seats.
Further details and tickets can be obtained by phone, 770-386-7343; online, www.thegrandtheatre.org and the Facebook page, “Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre;” or in person at the ticket office Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.