Country music performer Suzy Bogguss is lined up for a greatest-hits performance this June at The Venue at Friendship Springs.
Beginning her career as a singer in the 1980s, Bogguss rose up the charts with six top-10 Billboard hits in the early 1990s: “Drive South,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Just Like The Weather,” “Letting Go,” “Outbound Plane” and “Aces.”
Three of her albums hit gold and one — “Aces” released in 1991 — went platinum.
Her most recent release is a tribute album to the late country music legend Merle Haggard. The 12 tracks on the album, “Lucky,” were written by Haggard.
“Merle Haggard is a hell of a storyteller,” Bogguss says in her biography. “When I hear his songs, I feel like I’m listening in on someone’s life. ... “Merle is one of the most masculine songwriters I’ve ever heard, and I’ve been watching boys cover his music for years. I just thought, ‘Why couldn’t a girl do this?’”
When the album dropped in 2014, Bogguss said she felt lucky to know the famous musician and songwriter — hence the name of her album. Turns out, she was luckier than she knew. “Lucky” was released Feb. 4, 2014, and Haggard died just two years later.
Bogguss’ first major song to hit airwaves was “Somewhere Between,” written by Haggard.
Now, she’s on track to perform in Hall County beginning 7:30 p.m. June 22 in Flowery Branch.
This event is sponsored by Metro Market Media Inc, which owns The Times.
“It looks like it’s going to be a super experience,” said Leah Nelson, director of revenue for Metro Market Media. Boggus is “coming as part of a trio, so it’s a real intimate setting, and that venue really lends itself to that.”
The Venue was designed as a recital space, featuring a raised stage and floor seating, meaning there are no bad seats in the space.
Bogguss is the inaugural concert for the company, which is organizing a concert series in the county along with a wide range of other events, including an outdoor expo just before deer hunting season and a home show — including presentations from HGTV’s Chip Wade — that will be a can’t-miss event regardless of whether you’re on the market for a new house, looking to make some upgrades or even just looking to make some connections in the builder community.
In organizing the event series, Nelson said Metro Market Media included as much variety as possible to track with an increasingly diverse county.
“We decided on variety because we target a whole lot of audiences,” she said, “and it gives people a reason to engage with their community.”