POSTED ON APRIL 29, 2009:
Her Happy Place
JoDee Messina gives fans a special glimpse into her creative headspace
Relax. Instead of venturing on a full-blown arena tour before the label set a release date, however, Messina decided to scale things back and give fans an acoustic, intimate look at the creative process.
"Last time I was in town I got to fly a kite, so hopefully it's kite weather again," JoDee Messina said chuckling, adding that she's looking forward to her upcoming show at SpiritBank Event Center on Thursday. The laughter became more nervous when told that Tulsa saw six inches of snow the first weekend of April, followed by sunshine and mid-60s temperatures the next day.
Messina last came to Tula in October in 2007; and less than two years later, life is good for the country star. With her new album Unmistakable completed and her family life established, she's ready to return to the stage. Instead of venturing on a full-blown arena tour before the label set a release date, however, Messina decided to scale things back and give fans an acoustic, intimate look at the creative process.
Dubbed "The Music Room Series," Messina's latest outing sees the artist playing smaller venues with staging that resembles the music room in her home, where many of her most popular songs were written. In essence, the evening of music that includes audience requests and explanations of the stories behind each song.
"I really thought this would be a simple, under the radar thing," Messina said. "It's gotten a lot of attention, at least from the industry, though and become a big deal.
"The audience will get to request songs and ask questions, so no two shows will be the same. I'm not using in-ears, just floor monitors, so I can interact and hear when someone asks a question."
Inspiration for such a show was simple. "I had gone out and done a couple of radio appearances in an acoustic setup and they went so well, I wanted to take it out on the road," she explained.
Fans should come to the show with few expectations, for the format is very flexible. "We'll probably do some of the new material. Mostly, though, fans will get a lot of the behind the song stories like 'This is why I recorded this song' or 'This is what or why I wrote this one.'
"It's pretty much off the cuff, and there are no preset songs, so fans will create the show as it happens," Messina said.
Of course, if left up to the fans, it's easy to imagine that most of Messina's hits like "Heads Carolina, Tails California," "I'm Alright," "Burn," "Bring on the Rain" and "My Give a Damn's Busted" will surface at some point during the night. Some may discover a new appreciation for those hits, though, when stripped down to an acoustic format.
Commonly known as one of the more down-to-earth country stars who tries to stay connected with fans, Messina is still somewhat amazed by the initial response to this tour. "People seem floored by the idea, especially within the music industry; but I thought of it as just me hanging out with my fans," she said.
Hopefully, clear skies will hold so Messina can enjoy kite flying again when "The Music Room Series Tour" stops at SpiritBank Event Center Thursday, April 30. Kacey Musgraves (of Nashville Star) opens the show at 7pm before Messina takes the stage and shares the details behind her biggest hits and favorite songs. Tickets are still available for $20.50, $25.50 and $35.50.
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