Lorraine Gervais will be bringing another dance concert to the Center for the Arts at the end of May and this time she’s in the smokin’ country groove with “Sinners & Sweethearts—Country Western Legends”.
She’s brought over a dozen shows to the Center in the last few years highlighting vintage music of all genres, including R&B and soul, jazz, rock, and country, including tributes to Aretha, Ella Fitzgerald, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac, Women of Rock, and more. “Our ‘Honky Tonk Angels’ show a few years back, featuring women singers of the 1950’s & 60’s, was really fun. I’ve gotten lots of requests to bring back that kind of authentic vintage country music again and I thought sliding into early summer was the perfect time!”
With this new show Lorraine is focusing on music from legends including Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless, Linda Ronstadt, LeAnn Rimes, Rosanne Cash, Loretta Lynn, Emmy Lou Harris, Bobby Gentry, and Crystal Gayle just to name a few. “And of course we’ll sneak in a little outlaw music from Willie, Merle and Johnny Cash while we’re at it, just for the fun of keeping things a little balanced…making everybody happy!” says Gervais.
Gervais will be bringing in another great group of players and singers to round out experiencing the show in the best way possible including singers Taylor Harris, Kate Haight, and former music partner Brielle Morgan Neilson, who’s coming up from San Francisco to take part in the show. Rumour has it that there might even be another surprise guest or two. Steve Wall, Tom Menig and Larry Tracy will be on guitars and pedal steel, Charlie Faber will be playing bass, with Ty Smith on drums.
“The Center has a great listening and dancing venue, a big yummy sound system that doesn’t overpower the space, and fun people working behind a full bar — how can you go wrong? So come on in with or without your cowboy boots and know that you’ll have a great time!” Gervais says she just bought her first ever pair of cowgirl boots and is busy breaking them in so she won’t make a fool of herself falling down onstage.