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Kansas Crossing to host an evening with Pam Tillis


PITTSBURG, Kan. — Tickets are on sale for An Evening with Pam Tillis, who is set to perform 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg. The daughter of country music legend Mel Tillis and multi-media artist Doris Tillis, Pam Tillis is a singer and songwriter whose compositions have been covered in country, R&B, bluegrass and rock. 

Her 1991 debut country album, Put Yourself In My Place, went gold and yielded two No. 1 and two Top 5 singles. Her next three albums – Homeward Looking Angel, Sweetheart’s Dance and Greatest Hits, were all certified platinum. She achieved six No. 1 songs during the ‘90s country explosion, including “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “Mi Vida Loca,” “When You Walk In The Room,” “In Between Dances,” “Don’t Tell Me What To Do,” and her signature song, “Maybe It Was Memphis.”

“In many ways this part of my career is more fun because it feels like the pressure’s off,” said Tillis. “I feel much more relaxed, and I can just enjoy the journey a little bit more.”

Tillis is currently finding a lot of satisfaction mentoring young performers and artists, including those in her all-female acoustic trio, The Rose Rustlers, with Haley Sullivan and Carson McKee.

The Grammy winner, CMA Female Vocalist winner and Grand Ole Opry member’s talents extend beyond her recording career. She’s also an accomplished actor, having appeared in the films The Thing Called Love and The Neon Highway; the Broadway production of Smokey Joe’s Café; and TV shows LA Law, Diagnosis: Murder, Promised Land, Drag Race, Nashville, and Fairwood. 

“I definitely thrive on variety,” said Tillis, who’s even stepped behind the camera to direct half a dozen music videos.

Tillis’ latest album, 2020’s Looking For A Feeling, finds her doubling down on one of her first loves – songwriting. She wrote seven of the 11 tracks. Some of her most formative musical years were in the late ‘70s – and the album reflects that ‘70s country-rock flavor. The many threads of her influences were loosely woven together by hit country writer/producer Jimmy Ritchey (Mark Chesnutt, Jake Owen) on some tunes and Nashville rocker/producer Joe Pisapia (k.d. lang, Guster) on others.

Attendees must 21 or older.