Wynonna Judd Reinvents Herself on Small SXSW Stage

Wynonna Judd
told the crowd of about 200 at Bethel Hall in St. David's Church on Saturday, "Raise your hand if you've never seen me in concert before." A few
dozen hands went up. Judd nodded and said, "About frigging time."Judd confessed, "Tonight's a big fat hairy deal for me." She rolled in to
the show with a lot of baggage: not just a checkered personal life
(divorces, arrests, etc), but her mega-successful career (she's scored 20
Number One singles, both solo and with her mother in the Judds). At age
50, she's incredibly famous, but has the cheesy sheen that adheres to
many mainstream country stars of the Eighties and Nineties. The antidote: playing
with a stripped-down three-piece band of stone Nashville pros and telling
stories about her own life between songs. The audience, a mix of
superfans and skeptics, watched Judd reinvent herself in the space of an
hour.



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