Terri Clark packs her guitar for solo acoustic tour
Playing solo-acoustic shows has been a huge element of country singer Terri Clark's career. So after a successful eight-show acoustic test run earlier this year, she's ready to tackle more U.S. cities with her jaunt.
"It's been done before," Clark said about solo acoustic tours. "People have done it, but I don't see a lot of female country acts doing stuff like that. It's how I started out. I started out sitting on the edge of my bed with my guitar. It's how I got my record deal, sitting in front of a desk with an executive, with a guitar in my lap singing. That's how I got my first job playing at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge [in Nashville] solo acoustic. It's important to pay homage to that."
Calling from Ontario, Canada, Clark said her current show is different than what most people have seen her do in the last 15 years.
"I believe that most people who have my albums have seen one type of show as many times as they've wanted to," said Clark, who released the CD "The Long Way Home" in 2009. "I've done a lot of extensive touring with the band.
"On this tour, I do album cuts, songs that never made the radio. I do covers. I joke around. It's all just me and a guitar. Well, I have five guitars. I play different guitars through the thing. I have a little stomp box. I tell my stupid jokes and have a good time. It's a little more revealing. There's nothing to hide behind or from."
Initially, she explained, the concept of playing alone on stage was nerve wracking.
"The first show I did was at Great Big Saloon in Indiana, and I was scared out of my wits," Clark said. "After the first two or three got under my belt, I was like, 'Oh my God, I can do this. It was working. [Shows] were selling out and people were coming to me saying it was the best show they had ever seen."
With the butterflies now out of the way, Clark is looking forward to her upcoming run, during which she will travel on a Gibson Guitar bus. She said partnering with tour sponsor Gibson is a good arrangement.
"Guitar playing is obviously a huge part of this tour and what I do," Clark said. "It's unplugged. So it's just me and a guitar, but I'm looking forward to the different places I'm going to see along the way. Fall is such a beautiful time of year. I'm going to be able to see fall in all the different states. I'm just excited about the whole experience, about meeting new people, exposing my music to people who maybe don't know me. There's nothing uptight or showy about it, it's completely off-the-cuff casual. That's how I started out, that's probably how I'm going to go out too."
25 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
29 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
1 - Terre Haute, IN - Indiana Theatre
2 - Lapeer, MI - The PIX Theatre
3 - Springfield, IL - Hoogland Center for the Arts
6 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
8 - Pueblo of Acoma, NM - Sky City Casino
9 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theatre
10 - Venture, CA - Majestic Ventura Theater
13 - San Diego, CA - Anthology
14 - Tuolumne, CA - Black Oak Casino
15 - San Bernardino, CA - Sturges Center
17 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
19 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
20 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
22 - Warm Springs, OR - Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort and Casino
27 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theatre 1894
28 - Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
29 - Harrisburg, PA - Sunoco Performance Theater
30 - Foxboro, MA - Showcase Live!
9 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
10 - Easton, MD - Avalon Theatre