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article imageInterview with country star Pam Tillis: 'Dos Divas' CD Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 27, 2013 in Entertainment
Pam Tillis is one of country music's best-loved female singers. She was crowned "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Country Music Association in 1994, and she has won two Grammy awards and an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award.
In 2000, she became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, which is one of the highest honors bestowed upon any country musician.
Most recently, Tillis released her collaborative "Dos Divas" CD with country singer Lorrie Morgan, which they recorded as a duo called "Grits and Glamour." It was produced by Matt Spicher and it came out on the record label, Red River Entertainment. "I think this project was a little bit different and I don't think that we played it safe," she said. "As far as country music goes, this album was fairly adventurous."
She noted that she was content to record it on the Red River Entertainment label. "I am happy that they were excited about this project to get involved," she said.
Particularly impressive about their new CD is that it feels like three albums in one, where Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis each sing their own solo recordings and on several songs they sing together as "Grits and Glamour." "Being women and being shoppers we like a bargain and we think this is a bargain," she said with a laugh.
On the duo's name ("Grits and Glamour"), Tillis remarked, "We just like the alliteration of it. It was an idea that my husband came up with: not only was it catchy but it really fit. We are girlie girls and we like to dress up and we like fashion and we love to look beautiful for the audience. We are also real down-to-earth people and we both like spending time in our gardens and hanging out with our pets. We really enjoy being in the kitchen and it's a real good balance to our other life," she said with a laugh.
Tillis noted that the song "Old Enough To Be Your Lover" is an extremely funny tune. "Lisa Carver is one of my favorite writers in Nashville and the first time I heard her do it live, I fell off my chair and she let me record that," she said.
She is also drawn to the ballad "I Envy the Sun." "I adore that song. It is beautiful and it if you just read it, it stands out as poetry and does not need a melody. I really love it," she said.
Tillis is pleased with the fact that New York has a country music station again, Nash FM 94.7. "I am so happy that they have got country radio again," the veteran songstress said. "Hopefully, we will get the opportunity to come to 'The Big Apple.' That would be terrific."
Aside from winning almost every award possible that music has to offer, Tillis' proudest moments include the gratification from her fans. "It is a great feeling when the people in the crowd sing the words to something that you wrote back to you," she said. "It's great when people get what you are trying to say."
Two years ago, Tillis had the good fortune to collaborate with award-winning bluegrass vocalist Dale Ann Bradley on her "Somebody South of Crazy" CD, where they co-wrote the title track. "Dale Ann is just so great and such a good artist. That was just luck when I got to meet her and we were able to get together. That song was just so easy and it practically wrote itself," she said.
On the previous season of the reality singing competition, "The Voice," Danielle Bradbery covered her signature tune "Maybe It Was Memphis." "Danielle is a talented young lady and that was really great. Gosh, it trended on Twitter and it made young people curious about my music. It was actually a little bit of good publicity for me," she said. "Danielle really got it and she had a lot of control. To be that young and have that much control over your voice is pretty amazing."
For Pam Tillis, the word success is defined as having a "meaningful life." "I want to have balance in my life and be a well-rounded and generous person."
For more information on country singer Pam Tillis, her tour dates and music, visit her official website.
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