Bog­guss ready for good time

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­free press.com or 423-7576354.

Re­vis­it­ing her hit record “Aces” 25 years l ater l ast year wasn’t quite the deja vu mo­ment it could have been for Suzy Bog­guss, she said, be­cause she’s been play­ing most of the record, es­pe­cially the f irst hit sin­gles, in her live shows for years.

That’s not to say that re-record­ing the songs for “Aces Re­dux” didn’t have its mo­ments, es­pe­cially in those in­stances where the lyrics have taken on a new or dif­fer­ent mean­ing.

“I try not to in­tim­i­date me when I have a suc­cess,” she said.

“I didn’t want it to be too dif­fer­ent. I wanted fans who knew the record to have the sig­na­ture licks. I think about the nut of the song and some took on a life of their own.

“Now the phras­ing might be dif­fer­ent be­cause I’ve lived some of this. I have a kid now. ‘Let­ting Go’ was about me be­ing the daugh­ter and leav­ing. It’s not quite as happy a song to me now,” she says with a laugh.

” Oh oh let­ting go There’s noth­ing in the way now,

Oh let­ting go, there’s room enough to fly

And even though, she’s spent her whole life wait­ing It’s never easy let­ting go.”

Bog­guss will per­form Fri­day night, July 28, at Song­birds Guitar Mu­seum. For the “Re­dux” CD cover, she dressed as she had for the orig­i­nal al­bum in blue jeans, a sim­ple Suzy Bog­guss brown shirt and the same white jacket. Even her hair is sim­i­lar.

“Re­dux” was done for a cou­ple of rea­sons, she said. First was the 25th an­niver­sary. The se­cond rea­son was to give fans a record­ing of how the songs are done live.

“I don’t carry drums or keys any­more.”

She had to re­work the songs to re­flect that, but also be­cause she wanted to up­date them.

“For the most part, it was hard for me be­cause at that time, we did layer upon l ayer of back­ground vo­cals and lay­ers of drums. It kind of dates the mu­sic, but as the art- ist, I found it kind of fun to treat them as be­ing more about the lyrics.”

In 2014, Bog­guss recorded “Lucky,” a col­lec­tion of Merle Hag­gard fa­vorites. She said she reached out to The Hag be­fore do­ing so to get his bless­ing. Hag­gard has meant a great deal to her over the years, even be­fore she be­came a singer her­self. She was al­ways struck by his sto­ry­telling skills, es­pe­cially when it came to singing about bars, pri­son and drink­ing.

“My dad was a shop worker at In­ter­na­tional Har­vester,” she said. “I in­her­ited all of his eight­track tapes. Lis­ten­ing to them I felt like I was re­ally cool and adult. It was dan­ger­ous mu­sic.

“He wrote about drink­ing in bars be­cause he was hav­ing trou­ble at home with the wife.

“I t hink he pulled from his per­sonal life. My he­roes were the guys run­ning around the streets and then writ­ing about it. The guys who the next day would say, ‘I got a brand new song be­cause I got in a stu­por at 3 a.m.’ You’ve got to have some real ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Bog­guss said she has writ­ten a bunch of new songs, but is wait­ing for some­thing or some­one to mo­ti­vate her to record them.

“I kind of want some­body to kick me in the butt and teach me some­thing new. It’s sort of serendip­ity for me when things hap­pen.”

She says fans at Fri­day’s show will hear a few songs from the Hag­gard project, as well as many of her hits. Mostly she wants peo­ple to have a good time.

“A lot of our show is to try to make peo­ple laugh and be happy.”

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