Country singer Lorrie Morgan said there’s two things that she really loves about Biloxi.
“I love the food in Biloxi and I love the people,” Morgan said in an interview with the Sun Herald.
Morgan will get to experience both, hopefully, when she returns to the Coast on Saturday for a show at the Golden Nugget Casino.
Morgan, who has sold more than eight million records, including the No. 1 hot “Five Minutes,” will be joining Pam Tillis for the 2016 version of the “Grits and Glamour Tour.”
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Do you still enjoy touring with Pam Tillis?
We started off doing this as a trial tour and we are now in our fifth year and we’re getting ready to make a second album together. I think we’ve found a new friendship that we never knew existed. Now, we’re on the road together sharing the same bus and dressing room and stage and band — we’ve found a new love and appreciation for each other. It’s been great finding a new friend in this business.
What can the people who haven’t seen the show expect?
We never leave the stage — we come on the stage together. We tell stories and we joke a lot. We have a good time when we’re on stage together. The only thing we take seriously is the music and we’re pretty serious about that. It’s a very intimate show. It’s very laid back. I sing on all of her stuff and she sings on mine and we do some duets together. It’s a really fun show for us.
You released your latest album “Letting Go...Slow” earlier this year. You do a great cover of Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe.” Why did you want to record it?
I handpicked all of the songs. I’m a big Bobbie Gentry fan and I always have been. I’ve wanted to record that song for a long time. I love the campy feel we’ve added to the song. It’s hard to compete with a classic. We did it a little bit different — our way. We slowed the tempo down and gave it a different flair.
You did a really interesting arrangement of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay.” Are you a Dylan fan?
I love Bob Dylan. I almost bought an LP of his yesterday. I always have loved him. I told my husband I wanted to cut “Lay Lady Lay” and he didn’t believe me. We gave it a reggae feel. I think it’s really cool. It is kind of a “voo-doo-y” song.
Were you happy to see him win the Nobel Prize for Literature?
Yes, I was. I’m so glad that he won the Nobel Prize. Hell yeah — he deserves it. He’s a poet. He’s a genius.
One of my favorite shows I’ve ever seen was in 1991, I think, at Mississippi State University. It was you and Merle Haggard and Clint Black. What was it like touring with Merle Haggard?
Wow! He was a classic. He was very interesting, to say the least. He was always a gentleman with me and he always had me on his bus before the show and he would talk to me about life and music — getting to hang out with a legend is something not a lot of people get to do. Working with Merle Haggard was — gosh — it was a dream. He used to call me on the phone and talk to me about songs he was writing. I just loved him. There was a lot of funny stuff that happened behind the scenes that I can’t tell you about (laughs), but he was great. He was a great guy to work with, that’s all I know. When he died — he’s like Michael Jackson or Ray Price — there will never be another Merle Haggard.
If you go
‘Grits and Glamour’ tour: Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis
Where: Golden Nugget Casino at 151 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: Start at $20 at Ticketmaster.com.