Suzy Bogguss has been my favorite female vocalist for about 20 years now. The first time I heard her was on some TV show with Jerry Reed in 1991. She sang “Aces” and “Night Riders Lament” and I was hooked. Since then, I’ve seen her in concert about a dozen times from New York to Nashville and in-between. She still tours on her own in addition to her “Wine, Women and Song” shows with great songwriter friends Matraca Berg and Gretchen Peters. Suzy has done some writing herself having co-written 56 songs, including hits “Hey Cinderella” and “Just Like the Weather”.
100 Greatest Women #42 Patsy Montana It’s always tricky to measure an artist’s impact by just looking at the record sales. But any way you slice it, selling a million copies of a record during the height of the Great Depression is an impressive feat, one that the great Patsy Montana achieved back in 1935. She was born Ruby Blevins and grew up in Hope, Arkansas, future childhood home of President Bill Clinton. As a teenager, she became quite good at playing both guitar and fiddle, and when her older brother was headed to California, she went with him. She studied violin at what is now UCLA, and got involved with the local hillbilly music scene. In 1931, she won a talent contest singing a Jimmy Rodgers yodeling tune, which earned her a spot as the “Yodeling Cowgirl from San Antone” on KTMR radio in Los Angeles.