Story & Photos by Andy Lyons, Editor-in-Chief
Tuesday night at the Missouri State Fair, Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss kept the Pepsi Grandstand family friendly as they played a family friendly set of hits from the ‘90s.
Dubbed Chicks with Hits, all three performers charted in the ‘90s with a myriad of hits – hits that inspired a strong chorus of “woos” from the audience and more of a singalong as the set went on.
All three performers took the stage in an intimate studio-style setup, seated next to each other and backing each other’s music – while one was singing the other two backed them up with acoustic instruments and vocals. The most impressive part of the evening was their ability to harmonize – doubly impressive as the crowd backed them as well.
Throughout the night, each performer took turns talking about the stories behind their songs and careers, first appearances at the Missouri State Fair, and how much it meant to have such a big crowd show up to see them on a Tuesday night.
As the set went on, the group’s encore was a nine song medley that ended with a Clark’s cover of Warren Zevon’s “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” featuring Tillis on the cowbell.
The show was much different than the weekend’s lineup of The Struts and Brantley Gilbert. No big light shows or smoke machines, just three staples of ‘90s country music sharing the stage and sharing what inspired their music and a crowd that included fans both young and old in a very family friendly affair. The show was truly embodied the theme of the Missouri State Fair – come home.
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