Longtime country singer Morgan to perform in Seymour

Three shows featuring national country music acts remain on the schedule for Jackson Live and Event Center.

Lorrie Morgan (Jan. 14), Jimmy Fortune (March 12) and Gene Watson (April 9) will close out the series as the Seymour venue’s final music shows.

On Nov. 21, the Burton family announced on Jackson Live’s Facebook page that they made the tough decision to close but still wanted to have the final four national acts perform, one of whom performed in December.

“This was not an easy decision,” the post reads. “Should the entertainment industry bounce back in years to come, we may give it another try then, but unfortunately, now is not the time. We attempted this business in the worst possible time (during the COVID-19 pandemic) and had everything possible against us. We must say we have no regrets with trying this venture and by no means consider it a failure.”

Between the weekly shows and the national acts, the Burtons said they met so many wonderful people and now consider many of them friends.

Amanda Burton said they have received a pretty good response in ticket sales for the remaining shows despite minimal advertising, but ads are underway on local radio stations.

Tickets are $40 for each show and are available online at jacksonliveandevents.com or by calling 812-521-1282. All three start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

“We would love a sold-out show,” Amanda said. “The sooner you buy them, the better seating you get. We just want to try to get as many sold as possible.”

The other national acts that performed at Jackson Live since the summer of 2021 received good receptions, and Burton thinks Morgan, Fortune and Watson will bring in good crowds.

“We’re trying to help Seymour out and bring different stuff to Seymour to give people something to do,” she said. “Especially this time of year, there’s not much to do besides ballgames in the winter, so it’s just trying to give everybody an option of clean, family-friendly entertainment.”

About Lorrie Morgan

Morgan is a Nashville, Tennessee, native who is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan, according to her website, lorrie.com.

She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 13, singing “Paper Roses.” Her father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 51. She was 16 at the time and just beginning her music career.

She began making records shortly thereafter and was honored with induction into the Opry cast when she was 24.

Morgan married fellow country singer Keith Whitley in 1986. She was signed to RCA Records in 1987, and her onslaught of hits began the following year. Whitley’s death of an alcohol overdose in 1989 left her a widowed working mother. Their duet, “Til a Tear Becomes a Rose,” earned her a 1990 CMA award.

Her first three albums, “Leave the Light On” (1989), “Something in Red” (1991) and “Watch Me” (1992), all earned platinum record awards. Her greatest hits collection (1999) also was platinum. “War Paint” (1994), “Greater Need” (1996) and “Shakin’ Things Up” (1997) are all gold record winners.

Morgan maintained her recording pace in the new millennium, releasing collections in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2010.

In 2013, she teamed with fellow Opry star Pam Tillis for the duet CD “Dos Divas.” The two hitmakers then embarked on a two-year joint tour that sold out every appearance.

Tillis is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, who co-wrote “Strange” on Morgan’s “Letting Go … Slow,” her first new solo album in five years.

“On the outside, I’m very lighthearted, but on the inside, I have a lot of pain that I deal with,” Morgan said in the bio on her website. “Singing is my therapy, and that is what this album is all about. … I’m at the point where I’m not afraid to sing about what I want to sing and to be creative, and this record gave me that chance.”

Her goal was to record a Grammy Award-winning album.

“But no matter what happens, I think these recording sessions were just magical,” she said. “It was the most fun I’ve ever had doing an album.”