I’m gonna start this off by saying that, heck, we were SPOILED with so many wonderful female talents in country music throughout the 90’s in comparison to today. We had Reba, Shania, Faith, Trisha, Patty, the list goes on and on! However, one artist always stuck out a bit more for me. I missed out on a couple small shows around the area over the last couple years, but I was FINALLY getting a chance to see Terri Clark perform live!
We arrived at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, OH, just minutes before the scheduled start time and found our 8th row seats. The venue wasn’t packed, but one could tell that the folks who were filling up the front half of the concert room were absolutely thrilled to be there!
Terri took to the stage just after 8PM struck. Wasting no time, she belted into one of her biggest hits of the 90’s “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,” a cover of the Linda Ronstadt hit from 1978. Sining along and dancing in their seats, the crowd was into the show from the very start!
The hits continued as Clark bounced around her catalog with “A Little Gasoline,” “Three Mississippi,” “Emotional Girl” and the fantastic, “If I Were You.” Terri informed us that she couldn’t stand going to concerts in which artists only played newer songs, so that although she had a couple to share, she would make sure to stick to “the old stuff.”
Next up, Terri Clark performer her latest single, “I Cheated On You” from her album Some Songs. It’s such a same that songs like this don’t make it to radio, here in the states. I’m sure it’ll go on to be a smash in Terri’s homeland of Canada, though.
Around mid-show, Terri invited her band to join her at the front of the stage, in sort of a “bluegrass style.” Before jumping into the next round of songs, Terri told us about her visit to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, OH, earlier in the day. She humorously told us that when they arrived to the (small) country music section of the museum, that she was telling the tour guide about the display! Ha! She also shared a bit about the malfunctioning bus door that almost canceled the evening’s show!
After stripping down the music a bit for songs like “Every Time I Cry,” “Now That I’ve Found You,” and a favorite of my Canadian friends, “Northern Girl,” Terri began to tell us about some of the ladies that she was influenced by, namely, Reba and Tanya Tucker. (She nailed a PERFECT Reba impression, by the way). The first song that Terri learned to play on guitar was “Delta Dawn,” and she very much did the classic justice.
Back into the regular band setup, Terri Clark wrapped the set up with a string of successful 90’s and early 2000’s hits including “Boy Meets Girl,” “Easy On The Eyes,” (Her first U.S. #1 hit) “Girls Lie Too,” and “Better Things To Do.”
The couple sitting next to us had informed us that they had seen Terri Clark perform over 100 times! Holy cow! I couldn’t think of a song that Terri left out of her set to perform an encore, but they insisted that something was coming. Now, I’m a big Johnny Cash fan, but I feel like EVERYONE plays one of his hits at nearly every concert. However, when Terri bursted back onto stage to play her version of “Folsom Prison Blues,” I was blown away! Easily one of the best renditions of the Cash classic that I have yet to hear!
Terri put on a strong, nearly two hour set and I highly recommend that you make it out to one of her shows when she comes through your town. Even if you think you aren’t familiar with her work due to radio’s lack of women artists today, I have a good feeling that you’ll be able to sing-a-long with the majority of her set.
Images provided by Brian M. Photography