Suzy Bogguss At Hugh’s Room Lucky Us

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Submitted by Don Graham

Hugh’s Room, Toronto’s acoustically superb listening room venue, and American sweetheart songstress Suzy Bogguss, are a perfect fit. Both are unique and tops in their field so it was fitting that Bogguss  graced Hugh’s Room stage on Saturday night (August 16) to a capacity crowd.

It was a magical evening and the attentive crowd got what they came for and more. Suzy, bass player extraordinaire Charlie Chadwick and Chris (If It Has Strings I Can Play It) Scruggs  grabbed the crowd immediately with Suzy’s big hit ‘Outbound Plane’ and held them for the entire night with their musicality, humour and warmth.

Suzy Bogguss has platinum and gold records in her collection and a Grammy award but on stage she gives you the impression that she has come to your house to sing, entertain you and make sure you have a good time. No diva syndrome here. It probably helped that Suzy, who went to college in Illinois, had her college roommate from back then in the audience. They got together for a chat before the show and Suzy said laughing, “One of us went north and one of us went south. She told me I had a southern accent and I said you have said “eh” five times It was sure great to see her again.”

Suzy Bogguss and Don GrahamSuzy Bogguss and Don GrahamThe band performed some tunes from Suzy’s new CD, Lucky, a Merle Haggard tribute, including ‘Today I Started Loving You Again’, ‘Let’s Chase Each Other ‘Round The Room Tonight’ and the classic ‘Silver Wings’. Some Canadiana with Ian Tyson’s ‘Someday Soon’ and some songs from her album of American folk songs including a moving version of ‘Shenandoah’. And how many singers could get away with singing ‘Froggie Went a Courtin’?  Suzy Bogguss did and had the audience singing their designated part.

The two set show flew by; the two song encore at the end of the night ‘The Running Kind’ and ‘A Cowboy’s Sweetheart’ was the icing on the cake of a memorable night of music and fun.

If you ever get a chance to see Suzy Bogguss live don’t miss it. And you’ll feel like you have a new friend at the end of the night. Rock on Sooz!