POCATELLO — Terri Clark will put on a show with Aaron Tippin’ at Idaho State University’s Stephens Performing Arts Center Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
“I hope people leave having the greatest time they have ever had that’s my goal,” Clark said. “I want people to forget their cares and worries of the world for a short time.”
The show is sure to be unique for Clark fans because she will be performing solo without the band.
“If anybody has seen me play with the band and they enjoyed that then they are going to get a completely different show when I am by myself,” Clark said. “It’s very personable lots of talking, lots of joking, sometimes I will get the audience involved you’re going to hear a lot of familiar songs with a completely different experience.”
Recently in the country music industry men have had a bigger breakthroughs than women, but Clark is encouraging young aspiring women not to give up.
“Find somebody who believes in you to help you,” Clark said. “Keep your nose to the grindstone, be unique and don’t be afraid to be yourself and who you are. We are so unique as individuals we have to be who we are and bring our most authentic self to the table.”
Clark grew up in Canada and has been around instruments her entire life. Both her Grandma Betty and Grandpa Ray Gauthier were country stars who opened for country music stars George Jones and Johnny Cash. At the age of nine Clark’s mother taught her, her first three chords on guitar. In her free time Clark enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, boating and golfing. She has her own cottage getaway in Canada for when Tennessee gets too hot.
Clark looks to past country stars and musicians for inspiration with her own work. She does not have a favorite song because they all mean a lot to her.
“I don’t necessarily have a favorite song I think that they all mean different things to me and different people,” Clark said. “It’s like asking what your favorite kid is, it’s hard to pick one, but “No Fear” was always a favorite of mine.”
One of her sentimental music videos was “Some Songs,” because it was shot at her cottage. “Some Songs,” was the first single for her last album.
“There is a lot of footage from the area that I love being in so much it’s really a videographer souvenir for me to have because we shot it where I spend my summers,” Clark said.
Two of Clark’s cherished memories were writing songs with Mary Chapin Carpenter. As well as making her album “Fearless,” because she was able to produce it with Stuart Smith, who is a sideman and collaborator for the Eagles for the past 13 years.
“In fact, Don Henley called my house looking for him one time, I couldn’t believe I was talking to Don Henley,” Clark said.
Clark has been writing again and building a house. The house will be done in the next six weeks and then she can dedicate more of her time to her music. She has 90 upcoming tour dates. Clark is also going to be doing a radio show and recording some songs in the studio.
“I am touring more than I’ve toured in years, this year.” Clark said. “I have such a good time it’s kind of contagious. People know whether you’re phoning it in or not, I really enjoy what I do and I think that’s why my audiences tend to have a good time. They can tell I am really having a good time it’s not an act, it’s not something I’m just putting on. I am genuinely enjoying it.”
Clark has had a successful music career and has been accepted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She has received the Entertainer of the Year award from Canadian Country Music Association eight times and the Female Vocalist of the Year five times. Clark has sold over five million albums and achieved Gold, Platinum, Double Platinum, and Triple Platinum status certified by the Canadian Recording Industry Association and Recording Industry Association of America.
Country fans and artists are also faced with the modern country controversy. Contemporary artists such as stars such as Luke Bryant and Blake Shelton love the new revolution of country music. Shelton even went as far as to call classic country artists “Old farts and jackasses.” In response, famous Classic country star Willie Nelson changed the name of his tour to “Old Farts and Jackass.” None the less, classic Country artist herself, Clark is not worried about the new controversy.
“I think there’s room for everything, there’s always been certain country that’s more edgy and more cross over even since the urban cowboy days in the late 70s and early 80s,” Clark said. I feel like the quality is what’s important more than the style of the song.”
In addition, Clark has her own hat line with Bullhide. There are 16 different Terri Clark hats. Each hat is named after one of her songs. Clark is most proud of her fan club which has enabled her fans to connect as one big family. It is common for Clark to throw hats out to audience members.
“Being able to say I have a fan club that have become friends and connected all over the world through my music is one of my biggest accomplishments ever,” Clark said. “To be able to connect with people means more than record sales or awards. That’s something I can take to my grave to be very proud of. Hopefully I’ve been a good person in my life and inspired people to be the same.”
Tickets are $38 for general seating and $32 for upper level seating. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets.
The Stephens Center Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. They can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls or at the Pond Student Union Information Desk.