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Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis bring the ‘Grits and Glamour’ to Biloxi

Country singer Lorrie Morgan returns to Biloxi on Saturday with Pam Tillis for the ‘Grits and Glamour’ tour.
Country singer Lorrie Morgan returns to Biloxi on Saturday with Pam Tillis for the ‘Grits and Glamour’ tour. Courtesy

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.”

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.

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