SWEET DREAMS: MANDY BARNETT SINGS PATSY CLINE
Mandy Barnett, the original star of the musical Always…Patsy Cline at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, takes you on a sparkling journey performing Patsy Cline’s greatest hits (including “Sweet Dreams,” “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walking After Midnight,” “Faded Love,” and more), together with other classic country and pop standards. It’s a night of enchanting entertainment, celebrating the legacy of a country music icon and the great songs of our time as performed by one of today’s premier vocalists.
Barnett, as Cline, performs on the Always…Patsy Cline original cast soundtrack album and is the only actress to have played the role on the historic Ryman stage where Cline’s legend began. The Ryman production sold out nightly and received rave reviews, and Barnett has wowed critics and audiences ever since with her shows and recordings. Barnett’s critically lauded albums include I’ve Got a Right to Cry, named the “Top Country Album” by Rolling Stone in the year of its release and produced by renowned Nashville Sound pioneer Owen Bradley, who also produced Cline’s most loved chart-toppers (as well as producing Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, and k.d. lang).
A frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry, Barnett is equally as comfortable on stage with symphony orchestras, having recently showcased Cline’s material in solo concerts with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. Her robust delivery on retro-country and pop-tinged material harkens back to the likes of all-time great female singers and timeless sounds.
Barnett’s music has been featured in many major film and television soundtracks, and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” PBS’s “Sessions at West 54th,” PBS’s “Bluegrass Underground,” and numerous other programs.
Among the many publications praising Barnett’s talents, the Los Angeles Times heralds her “pipes of steel,” “big” voice, and “vintage-sounding arrangements.” Time, People, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and other major media have likewise extolled Barnett’s world-class vocals, “natural musicality” (People), and “vocal finesse” (New York Times). USA Today calls Barnett one of Nashville’s “finest classic country and torch singers,” while the Chicago Tribune calls Barnett “a torch singer in the grandest sense of the word.”
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