An Amazing Night With Terri Clark in Tacoma

Review and Photos by Eric Pefley

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I was fortunate enough to catch Terri Clark earlier this year in Vancouver B.C. on her Back to my Roots tour.  Terri Clark‘s albums have accounted for more than twenty singles, including six number one songs.  She has also won 8 CCMA Entertainer of the Year Awards and is the only female Canadian country artist to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  It was a show that Terri played solo with a large comfy chair and a bunch of guitars.  It was a fantastic acoustical show that still gives me goosebumps when I think about it.  I got a chance to meet Terri that night but it was for literally a minute.  She was exactly like I thought she would be, sweet, friendly, genuine and incredibly likable.

On Friday evening, I got to see Terri Clark in Tacoma with her full band at the Pantages Theater.  I had never been there, but it is a beautiful old theater with a ton of charm and a pretty good sound system.  Once again, I had a chance to meet her before the show, but this time I got to talk to her a bit longer.  We reminisced about the show in Vancouver, and how hard the Back to my Roots tour had been for her.  It was something like 41 shows in 50 nights.  We also talked about some personal things that we share, that I am not going to put in this article, but I found it interesting how quickly a connection can be made between two people who have gone through something traumatic in their lives.  Once again she was so nice and genuine it would be impossible not to like this woman even if you didn’t like country music.  We wrapped up our quick chat and I wish her a good show and off she went.

When you go to a Terri Clark show it is much more than a concert.  She is flat out a great entertainer.  She is funny, tells great stories and interacts with the crowd so well.  The expressions on her face and a little tweak of a lyric to a song here and there really adds to the show.  It was basically a greatest hits show and man the hits just kept coming.  There I was taking photos while singing along to all my favorite songs.  On a couple of occasions, I just had to put the camera down and watch the show it was so good.  She opened with three of my favorite songs, I Wanna Do It All, A Little Gasoline and Three Mississippi.  From there it was great song after great song.  It is the most fun I have had at a concert in a long time.  If you get a chance to see Terri perform live you owe it to yourself to go.  You will be entertained and leave with a smile on your face.  I can’t wait to see Terri again down the road.

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