What finer entertainment is there than enjoying great country/western music deep in the heart of Texas? Georgetown Palace Theatre's presentation of Always, Patsy Cline delivers that.
The singer's too-brief career is narrated through Houston friend and superfan Louise Seger. Linda Bradshaw entertains and keeps the audience engaged as she chronicles a 1961 encounter with Ms. Cline. Venues include TV's Arthur Godfrey Show, The Esquire Ballroom, the KIKK-AM 650 studio, the Grand Ole Opry's Ryman Auditorium, and Louise Seger's home kitchen. The music includes many of Patsy Cline's greatest hits, with songs written by the great country musicians of the day ,including of course Willie Nelson's "Crazy."
To be a great singer requires not only vocal strength and control but also a keen musical ear. Yesenia McNett has all those. She displays no less talent for performing the repertoire than Patsy Cline herself. The songs are tight, with musicians Lannie Hilbodt (bass), Harrell Williams, Jr. (drums), Stephen Mansolo (accoustic piano), and John Russell (pedal steel guitar) performing flawlessly. Sitting in the audience, one is transported to performance very much as it would have been almost 60 years ago.