Crystal Gayle to perform at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta

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MARIETTA — Crystal Gayle will be singing songs from her new album of classic country tunes, “You Don’t Know Me,” at her Peoples Bank Theatre concert on Saturday night.

These songs held a special meaning for Gayle in her youth and early music career, she said in a recent telephone interview.

Songs in the new album are “Ribbon of Darkness,” “You Win Again,” “Please Help Me, I’m Falling,” “Am I That Easy to Forget,” “Hello Walls,” “You Never Were Mine,” “Just One More,” “There Goes My Everything,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “I’ve Seen that Look on Me a Thousand Times,” “Walking after Midnight,” “You Don’t Know Me” and “Put It Off Until Tomorrow.”

Marietta concertgoers also can expect to hear the songs that propelled Gayle to stardom as a Grammy Award winner, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and win many country music awards.

Favorites she sings include “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “When I Dream,” “Half the Way” and “You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep.”

Joining Gayle on the Marietta stage will be a six-member band, including a fiddle player, and her sister Peggy Sue Wright. Peggy Sue will sing a few songs with Gayle and one or two songs by herself.

Gayle said she wants people to have fun at her concerts as an escape from the acrimonious times we now live in. “Our approach is for people to have a good time” at the concerts, she said.

Singer/songwriter Loretta Lynn — Gayle and Wright’s sister — is doing great after suffering a stroke two years ago, Gayle said. “She is a fighter and a strong lady,” Gayle said.

Gayle mentioned that a birthday celebration for Lynn will be April 1 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Lynn’s advice to Gayle, who recorded her first song in 1970, was “quit singing my songs.”

Following her famous sister’s advice, Gayle said she sang “middle of the road” songs in a pop area of country music.

“It was the best advice to me,” Gayle said.

Gayle said she has been lucky to work with great music producers.

“Country music has been a big part of my life,” she said.

Gayle said country music can be infused with various genres of music, such as gospel and bluegrass.

One of her favorite songs is “Rocky Top.”

Gayle mentioned having a fun time campaigning with Lynn and Wright for George H.W. Bush when he was running for president of the United States. The three singing sisters spent a day traveling in a bus campaigning in Illinois for Bush, Gayle said.

Gayle said people should try to be happy in life.

“America is a great place,” she said.

It is great for communities to have places such as the Peoples Bank Theatre, Gayle said.

She has cut back on her touring to 40 shows a year. Traveling on the road is difficult, said Gayle, who lives in Nashville. “It takes a toll.”

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Interested in Going?

* Crystal Gayle will be singing at Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam St. in Marietta, at 8 p.m. Saturday. For tickets call 740-371-5152 or go to peoplesbanktheatre.com/events/

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