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Pam Tillis

8 p.m. Saturday, November 11. Rickman Auditorium (745 Jeffco Boulevard, Arnold).


In 1974, Pam Tillis was sixteen. She'd been singing half her life with her father, stuttering country legend "M-M-M" Mel Tillis, but a gruesome car crash nearly ended everything. Her face, completely shattered, took five years to reconstruct and heal. By the time she returned to the Music City biz, country was being made over as disco and light-white R&B. Tillis followed suit — she wrote songs for Gloria Gaynor and Chaka Khan — but was hitless on her own. By the early '90s, however, her version of CMT-slick country (and a wacky video for the puntastic "Cleopatra, Queen of Denial") made her a star — and a girl-power pop role model for Shania Twain. Since then she's been a one-woman recycling bank, reworking her father's hits and her own with her sassy flair and honey-dripping alto.