Grammy-winner Pam Tillis promises a down-home good time filled with classic hits and new tunes when she takes the stage Saturday at Banita Creek Hall.
“I like the small venues. It’s personal. It’s intimate. I really enjoy it. It just feels to me like you’re sitting in your living room talking to a bunch of friends,” Tillis said this week from her home in Nashville.
Tillis is expected to take the stage around 10 p.m. Saturday with her acoustic quintet.
“I’ll be doing as many hits as I can fit in and I’ll take requests. It’ll be a personal, down-home type of thing.”
The county star best known for her string of platinum albums in the 1990s is having somewhat a a renaissance as are other musicians popular during that decade.
“Right now it’s a great time for a ‘90s artist. It’s got a huge audience. County has changed so much, and people still want to hear something that’s familiar, something that they grew up with and can recognize the names,” she said.
The acoustic quintet is one of several tour groups Tillis takes on the road. She also frequently tours with a full band or with fellow ‘90s hitmakers Lorrie Morgan. Suzy Bogguss, and Terri Clark
“We tour as a lifestyle. If we have time off, it’s here and there. Country artists seem just to tour. When you’re in pop you have a set schedule. We just tour. The phone rings and we go,” Tillis said.
Touring is in her blood. She would occasionally accompany her father, Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, on tour as a child. The family would also frequently go watch television tapings or be in the wings at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
“It’s just a funny thing growing up because there’s regular dad, and then there’s a guy who puts on a sparkly suit and makes everybody love him. That was a funny thing to see as a kid. I was like, ‘Wow! My daddy kind of has magic powers,”’ she said.
After Saturday’s performance, Tillis will be performing at the 6,500-seat Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie before picking up dates in July in Ohio, Virginia and at the Opry where she tries to perform at least a dozen times a year.
She made her first Opry appearance in 1991.
“I was nervous but I wanted to do it so bad. It was really these kind of mixed feelings, but I had stage fright. I continued to have stage fright for many many years, but I have some sort of override button in my brain. I thought ‘This is scary as hell but I’m going to do it anyway,”’ he said.
In addition to her music career that’s spawned six No. 1 hits and 14 Billboard Top 10 singles, Tillis has appeared on Broadway in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and had a reoccurring role in the hit television series “Nashville.”