The country concerts coming to Utah over the next couple of weeks are not "a little bit country," they're a lot a bit country. Dan Seals, George Jones, Conway Twitty and Vince Gill have all booked tickets to Utah.
You don't get more hardcore than that.Seals will be the first to show. On March 28, 7:30 p.m. in the Dee Events Center in Ogden, the singer/songwriter will offer up a couple of hours of homespun words and music.
Tickets are $15 ($13 for students). They are available from Smith'sTix, Weber State and Hill Air Force Base.
Seals has played Utah several times over the past few years. His shows are decent, low-key affairs that feature very little stage banter but plenty of music. Listen for "Bop," "Everything that Glitters," "LOA" and "Big Wheels in the Moonlight."
Thursday - April 2 - three other "traditionalists" will appear at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. George Jones will headline a threesome that includes Conway Twitty and newcomer Vince Gill. Show time is 7:30. Tickets are $19.50 and can be found at Smith'sTix and the usual locations.
Jones, of course, is often called the finest country singer of our time. His swooping notes and painful warble almost define the medium. He'll mostly reprise his hits for the show. The show-stopper, for Jones, is usually "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
Conway Twitty is always introduced as "The Best Friend a Song Ever Had." His 50 No.1 songs give him the chance to choose from four hours of material. Listen for "Don't Take It Away."
Vince Gill is the young pup in the group. He's kicked around Nashville for many years but got a boost to the top when his duet with Patty Loveless ("I Call Your Name") shot to the top of the charts. His down-home, unassuming style works well with his two legendary cohorts on this tour.