Forgotten Artists: Pam Tillis

Paul W. Dennis | July 21st, 2010

Pam Tillis

Being related to a famous country entertainer can be a mixed blessing. Although the family ties can open doors for the aspiring singer, they can also serve to set unrealistic expectations. Just ask Roy Acuff Jr., Ronnie Robbins (billed as Marty Robbins, Jr.), The Lynns (daughters of Loretta Lynn), Riley Coyle (daughter of Jeannie C. Riley), Pake McEntire (Reba’s brother), Jay Lee Webb (Loretta Lynn’s brother), Peggy Sue (Loretta Lynn’s sister), and Hillman Hall (Tom T. Hall’s brother), each of whom issued an album or two and then disappeared. John Carter Cash has avoided the problem entirely by working behind the scenes.

Then there are those who achieve modest success and carve out respectable careers but never achieve top-drawer status, such as Shelley West (daughter of Dottie West), David Frizzell (brother of Lefty Frizzell), Tommy Cash (brother of Johnny Cash), Carlene Carter (daughter of Carl Smith and June Carter) and Thom Bresh (son of Merle Travis). Jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, son of country stars Hal Lone Pine and Betty Cody might have fit into this category had he not died young.

True superstar success for those with famous kinfolk is indeed rare. The three biggest that come to mind are Crystal Gayle (Loretta Lynn’s sister), Lynn Anderson (the daughter of songwriter Casey & singer-songwriter Liz Anderson) and Hank Williams Jr. Pulling up behind these three are George Morgan’s daughter Lorrie, Roseanne Cash and the subject of this article, Pam Tillis.

Pamela Yvonne Tillis was born on July 24, 1957 in Plant City, Florida, the daughter of our last spotlighted Forgotten Artist, singer-songwriter-actor-comedian Mel Tillis.

As the daughter of one of the best-known songwriters around, and living in Nashville, Tillis was exposed to the elite of the country music industry even before her father had achieved recording star status. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of eight in an appearance with her father singing “Tom Dooley.” She grew up wanting to be a performer and tried her hand at songwriting at an early age and also found some work as a background singer. The results of an automobile accident at age 16 derailed her career for a while as several years of reconstructive facial surgery were needed to restore her appearance. Following her surgeries, Tillis enrolled at the University of Tennessee and then later at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, forming her first band. Since her only real interest was music, she eventually dropped out of college to pursue her own musical career.

Wanting to make it “on her own,” Tillis went to San Francisco where she joined a jazz-rock band Freelight.

After tiring of the San Francisco scene, she returned to Nashville and found work as a demo singer. She signed with Warner Bros. in 1982, where she took a shot at pop success. Her sole album for WB was Above and Beyond The Doll of Cutey. During the period between 1983 and ’87, WB would issue at least eight singles on Tillis, five of which charted on Billboard’s Country chart, although none made the Top 50–not surprising since they were not being marketed as country singles. Unreleased by WB were early versions of several of her later hits, which were released after she achieved success.

During this period, Tillis signed on as a staff songwriter with Tree Publishing in Nashville, where she shifted her focus to contemporary country music and achieved much success as a songwriter, with artists as diverse as Chaka Khan, Martina McBride, Gloria Gaynor, Conway Twitty, Holly Dunn, Juice Newton, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Dan Seals, and Highway 101 recording her songs. One of the songs she wrote during her WB years was “Five Minutes,” a #1 record for Lorrie Morgan in 1990.

Her visibility was greatly improved when she started making regular appearances on shows aired on the late lamented Nashville Network, especially on Nashville Now, a nightly variety show hosted by Ralph Emery. By 1991 she had signed with Arista Records, where her career took off. For part of this period (until 1998) she was married to fellow songwriter Bob DiPiero.

The Arista years saw Tillis emerge as a steady and reliable hit-maker as the following list demonstrates:

  • “Don’t Tell Me What To Do” / “Melancholy Child” – #5 (1990)
  • “One Of Those Things” / “Already Fallen – #6 (1991)
  • “Put Yourself In My Place” / “I’ve Seen Enough To Know” – #11 (1991)
  • “Maybe It Was Memphis” / “Draggin’ My Chains” – #3 (1991)
  • “Blue Rose Is” / “Ancient History” – #21 (1992)
  • “Shake The Sugar Tree” / “Maybe It Was Memphis” #3 (1992)
  • “Let That Pony Run” / “Fine Fine Very Fine Love” – #4 (1992)
  • “Cleopatra Queen Of Denial” / “Homeward Looking Angel” – #11 (1993)
  • “Do You Know Where Your Man Is” / “We’ve Tried Everything Else” – #16 (1993)
  • “Spilled Perfume” / “Till All The Lonely’s Gone” – #5 (1994)
  • “When You Walk In The Room” / “Till All The Lonely’s Gone” – #2 (1994)
  • “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)” / “Ancient History” – #1 (1994)
  • “I Was Blown Away” / “Calico Plains” – #16 (1995)
  • “In Between Dances” / “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To” – #3 (1995)
  • “Deep Down” / “Tequila Mockingbird” – #6 (1995)
  • “River And The Highway” / “All Of This Love” – #8 (1996)
  • “It’s Lonely Out There” / “You Can’t Have A Good Time Without Me” – #14 (1996)
  • “All The Good Ones Are Gone” / “Land Of The Living” – #4 (1997)
  • “I Said A Prayer” / “Lay The Heartache Down” – #12 (1998)
  • “Every Time” / “You Put The Lonely On Me” – #38 (1998)

After 1998, the hits started drying up as the next wave of young performers arrived.

Tillis’ Arista albums were generally quite successful, starting with 1991’s Put Yourself In My Place which had three Top 10 hits in lead single, “Don’t Tell Me What to Do,” “One of Those Things” and “Maybe It Was Memphis.” The album ultimately reached gold status.

Her 1992 follow-up Homeward Looking Angel was equally successful, with “Shake the Sugar Tree” and “Let That Pony Run” reaching the Top 5. Homeward Looking Angel reached platinum status. In 1993, she won her first major award: the CMA Awards’ Vocal Event of the Year with George Jones and Friends for “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair.”

In 1994, her third Arista album, Sweetheart’s Dance, was released, reaching #6 on the Billboard’s Country Album chart (her highest placement). Singles “Spilled Perfume” and “When You Walk in the Room” both became Top 5 hits and she had her only #1, “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life),” helping push the album to platinum status.

Issued in late 1996, All of This Love, became Tillis’ last gold non-compilation album. The only single to reach Top 10 status was “The River and The Highway.” It was the first album she produced on her own.

In 1997, Arista released her first (actually only) Greatest Hits album. The compilation featured two new tracks, both released as singles: “All the Good Ones Are Gone” and “The Land of the Living,” both of which reached the Top 5 in 1997. This collection also went platinum.

After 1997, the country music market shifted, becoming more youth-oriented and less country, with a resultant drop in both chart and sales success for Tillis. Her 1998 album Every Time featured “I Said A Prayer,” which just missed the Top 10 and was her last Top 20 single. Her last Arista album, issued in 2001, Thunder & Roses performed reasonably well on the album chart (both it and Every Time reached #24) but generated no real hit singles.

Since 1998 Pam Tillis has remained active, both in live appearances, occasionally performing with her father Mel, and occasionally recording. She became a Grand Ole Opry member in 2000, which was several years before her father, and had the honor of inducting him into Opry membership. She has tried her hand at acting, both on stage and on television, with considerable success.

She still records occasionally. In 2002 she fulfilled a lifetime dream of recording an album of songs written by or associated with her father. Rather than following the Mel Tillis template, she gave her own interpretation of her father’s material, most notably on “Heart Over Mind.”

She started her own record label, Stellar Cat, and issued her album Rhinestoned under that imprint in 2007. One of the singles from the album, “Band In The Window,” earned considerable acclaim, although the album ultimately yielded no hits.

All told, Pam Tillis had over 30 chart records including 13 Top 10s. In 1994 she was named the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year. In 1999, she earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. When CMT did their countdown of the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music in 2002, Tillis ranked at #30. Kevin Coyne of Country Universe ranked her at #35 in his 100 Greatest Women of Country Music countdown in 2008.

Discography

With the exception of the WB album, which was issued on vinyl and audio cassette, all of Tillis’ subsequent recordings have been released on CD. Some of the titles remain in print, others can be located used with a little bit of effort. Unlike country singers from generations before, the Pam Tillis catalog is fairly shallow with a total of a dozen original studio albums, plus some anthologies (Greatest Hits, Super Hits, Best Of, etc.) and whatever unreleased tracks may be lying around in somebody’s vault. Accordingly, collecting a fairly complete Pam Tillis collection isn’t that difficult, especially since her WB debut recently was reissued on CD by Wounded Bird. All of her post-WB albums are worthwhile and even the WB debut (which I originally purchased on vinyl) has its moments.

The Ernest Tubb Record Shop currently has five of her albums available as well as several anthologies.

There is a need for a decent two-disc set containing about 40 of her songs. Lately, the German label Bear Family has been issuing some less-than-exhaustive sets. Maybe they will step up to the plate–she’s worth a decent anthology.

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  1. Thomas
    July 21, 2010 at 7:22 am

    …i still remember her very vividly. amazing at what speed time marches on. good reminder to give some of her cd’s another spin this summer.

  2. Jon
    July 21, 2010 at 7:51 am

    “Forgotten,” my *ss. Pam ‘s got close to 100 dates booked this year, not counting Opry appearances. See http://www.pamtillis.com .

  3. Jeremy Dylan
    July 21, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Pam Tillis is forgotten? What an appalling idea.

    I had the great pleasure of seeing her perform on a few occasions when she toured Australia in the late 90s. A wonderful artist and lady.

  4. Leeann Ward
    July 21, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I think “underrated” might be more accurate than “forgotten.” Either way, it’s nice that she gets a spotlight today.

  5. Paul W Dennis
    July 21, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I had suggested titling it “Forgotten (by Radio) Artist – PAM TILLIS”. The truth is no one is truly forgotten as long as someone somewhere remembers them. There are still a few folks alive who remember Bradley Kincaid, so I supposed I should not have tagged him as a “Forgotten Artist” either

    Enough

  6. Dave D.
    July 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Well done, Paul. While never a huge fan of her work, I still have a soft spot in my heart for Maybe It Was Memphis and Band In The Window.

  7. Michelle
    July 21, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Pam Tillis IS and ALWAYS will be one of the greatest female artists EVER. NEVER to be forgotten. Happy to see Dolly was #1 at Country Universe. Dolly will always be #1 to me(female artist). I could have placed Pam on either side of Trisha, though. My opinions, of course.

  8. Jon
    July 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Anyone who sees no meaningful distinction between an artist dead for almost half a century and one who will play close to 100 dates THIS YEAR is qualified to write about neither.

  9. Leeann Ward
    July 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

    While I don’t think the Kincaid/Tillis comparison was well thought out, Paul’s country music knowledge is vast, which well qualifies him, in my opinion.

  10. Paul W Dennis
    July 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Jon – you may want to check your math – Bradley Kincaid died in 1989 (21 years ago) and still performed on occasion until about 1980

    Playing 100 dates a year is no big deal – there are hundred of country acts out there who perform at least that often. Not all of them are household names, some of them were (at least briefly)

  11. Thomas
    July 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

    …come on jon, the term “forgotten” isn’t only used when not a single soul on this planet remembers you. you already made your point quite clear in your first post.

  12. luckyoldsun
    July 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    As far as superstar artists’ descendants/ relatives:

    Several years ago I bought a couple of CD’s out of the remainder bin from Merle Haggard’s sons. One of them, Marty had a life story of getting shot at and having car accidents and getting thrown though windshields. Later, I read that Merle claimed his son was following him or threatening him and got some sort of order of protection against him. Then I read that the guy was doing Christian music.

    The other son looked like a young Hag in the CD photo and redid “Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa.”

    I don’t know what’s with them now.

  13. Michelle
    July 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I was looking at 100 Greatest Women of Country, again, and realized who was #7 & #9(Trisha’s #8). I wasn’t dissing Patsy or Kitty. I meant, I like Pam and Trisha pretty much equally. I’m happy Trisha’s #8.

  14. Paul W Dennis
    July 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I think Marty is involved in the ministry

    Noel is an active performer – he appeared at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale Florida a few months back

  15. Hard Times
    July 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Paul,

    Thanks for the nice recap of Pam’s career.

    In general, I wish we could get past the concept that an artist has somehow failed or been forgotten just because their careers have inevitably cooled. It has the whiff of an insult, especially with someone as accomplished as Pam.

  16. Barbara
    July 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I just attended a performance of Pam Tillis last week in Beaver Creek, CO at the Vilar Center. She and Lorrie Morgan put on a great acoustic show alternating singing their standards. Pam was outstanding. I could not help but think how far the country charts have come away from music of this caliber.
    Thank you ,Paul, for an excellent recap of her career.

  17. Jon
    July 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Well, you’re right about Bradley Kincaid’s death, Paul; he retired from the Opry 60 years ago, made his last recordings nearly a half century ago, and then died a couple of decades ago. You can’t find much of his music, new or used, digital or analog, he’s not in the Country Music Hall of Fame (and his name hardly ever gets mentioned as a contender). He can reasonably be called “forgotten.” Comparing a working artist like Pam Tillis to him makes no sense whatsoever.

    The irony here, as I’ve pointed out several times before, is that for all their denunciations of mainstream country radio, folks like Paul swallow its definition of success hook, line and sinker: when you’re off the charts, you’re gone, gone, gone.

    Playing 100 dates a year is no big deal – there are hundred of country acts out there who perform at least that often.

    I’m not talking about playing at your local Holiday Inn lounge or the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale. And I’m curious to know just where you get the idea that 100 dates a year in casinos, theaters, performing arts centers and the like is no big deal. Are you a country music performer? A show promoter? A booking agent? A manager?

  18. Razor X
    July 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Pam is certainly underrated. I’ve always enjoyed her music; thanks for a great write-up.

  19. Ben Foster
    July 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I enjoyed reading this post about my girl Pam Tillis. I was very young during the period of her commercial peak, and I had not yet become connected with the country music scene, but I discovered her music just over a year ago. She has quickly become one of my favorite singers. My favorite songs of hers are “Deep Down,” “Land of the Living,” “Blue Rose Is,” and “Shake the Sugar Tree.”

  20. Jon
    July 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Pam at SXSW – you might have heard of that – just a few months ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lKdjhvPteA . That’s my best friend, Megan Lynch, playing the fiddle; she had to quit her other regular gig because of Pam’s schedule. “Forgotten” indeed.

  21. Lewis
    July 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Pam’s dad, Mel Tillis, hasn’t been forgotten either. He’s about to release an album and at the age of 78 yet.

    I think that Paul should have clarified that Pam is largely ignored by radio and isn’t played much on country stations that appeal more to Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, etc. Speaking of forgotten, wonder if Paul thinks now that Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood and quite a few other singers and groups who came out in the 1980’s and 1990’s are really totally forgotten when in fact they are ignored by radio rather than forgotten.

  22. Paul W Dennis
    July 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

    The use of lack of radio airplay and chart action is simply this – A CONVENIENT LINE OF DEMARCATION that is (or should be) easily understood – nothing less and nothing more. I’ve chosen to use this as my operating defintion because is easy to grasp (except perhaps for a few – I won’t name names but you know who you are) and it works. By this definition yes, Patty Loveless, Ernest Tubb and Clint Black are “forgotten artists”.

    In doing the series I try to pick artists that are of some significance and that readers might be interested in reading about. I don’t pretend that they were all of equal importance. Bradley Kincaid,Ernest Tubb and Gail Davies were of greater importance than many of the names featured in the series as was Jimmy Dean who died before I could get around to him)

    If you dislike the article fine, but I am NOT retitling the series, no matter how much various bozos quibble about it. This will be the last I say about the series title although you can expect to see this post “cut & pasted” into the comments of future articles where needed

  23. Jon
    July 22, 2010 at 7:38 am

    “I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.
    Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”
    “But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.
    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.”

    How about using whether an artist is alive, maintaining an active touring schedule, maintaining a fan club, making radio and TV appearances, etc. and actually making a living as an artist as a CONVENIENT LINE OF DEMARCATION for whether they’re “forgotten?” That would have the virtue of squaring with reality. And goodness knows that there are enough who merit both being called “forgotten” and having some kind of reminder piece written on that basis. If your vast knowledge of country music can’t furnish you with a lengthy list of them, just let me know, and I’ll be happy to do it.

    Or you could just call your stuff “random artists that I happen to like and want to write about,” or “artists who aren’t on the Billboard singles chart any more” – that would be a CONVENIENT LINE OF DEMARCATION, too.

    The reason why this is an issue is this: calling someone who’s actively engaged in a career “forgotten” essentially invites readers to forego keeping an eye out for new recordings, concert tickets, etc. by said performer. No matter how much you may profess to admire such an artist, you are (at least running the risk of) actively damaging his or her career by giving the impression that they’ve been relegated to the dustbin of history. It’s a bad, bad, bad idea, period.

  24. Thomas
    July 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

    …jon, judging from the quantity of your posts here, i’d draw the conclusion that you quite like what you get on this site. now then, do me a favour and stop showing your affection like some junior high-school boy does – by awakwardly pushing and shoving the girl he feels so affectionate about.

  25. Paul W Dennis
    July 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I would be beyond stunned if these articles have cost any artists ticket sales or CD sales. Quite to the contrary, I’ve received e-mails from several of those profiled advising of upticks in sales following one of these articles.

    I can’t imagine any fan of an artist reading one of these articles being dense enough to think that the article means that the artist isn’t around and performing anymore (unless the artist is indicated as already being dead, in which case the artist probably isn’t performing any longer)

    (explicative deleted)

  26. numberonecountryfan
    July 22, 2010 at 11:27 am

    People seem to forget that Pam Tillis was the most important female artist on the Arista label during its first decade in business before Carrie Underwood took over.

  27. Stephen H.
    July 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I guess another important distinction could be made:

    — Is Pam “forgotten” amongst those in Nashville, or those whose definition of country, or what they listen to, is not determined by the radio? No.
    — Is Pam “forgotten” by those whose definition of country is what they hear on their local radio station? Well, no, if only in the sense of many of them have probably never heard of her, other than maybe the station playing “Maybe It Was Memphis” at 1 in the morning during “After MidNite” … therefore never having the chance to “forget” her.

    So I enjoy reading these articles, if for no other reason than the chance someone could come here never having heard of her, read about her, and explore her music more fully. Or any other artist profiled or interviewed on this site.

  28. Michelle
    July 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I think it would be a good idea to have a link or streaming’s even better, so we can listen to a few songs of theirs. Juli did with Hellbound Glory and believe me, I would have never given those guys a second thought. One song isn’t enough for me(if I’ve never heard of them), because it may be one of their songs I don’t care for very much.

  29. Rick
    July 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I still think “Fading Memories of” would be less problematic than “Forgotten”, but what do I know…

    PS – Pam was a bright spot on country radio during her heyday. In contrast I can’t hardly stand any of the current batch of Top 20 women, including current music from Carrie, Taylor, Martina, Reba, Jennifer, and yes even the critic’s “sacred cow” herself Miranda Lambert (whom I think is grossly over rated). And least Pam recorded a lot of songs I enjoyed hearing repeatedly on the radio…

  30. Leeann
    July 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Sorry, Rick. You can’t like any of her music anymore. She’s a Democrat.

  31. Chris N.
    July 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Don’t force Rick to consider the idea that someone whose music he likes might not share his politics. You’ll hurt his head.

  32. Bob
    July 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Impressive article about a very talented lady. She sure had a lot of great songs in the 90’s and I thought her Rhinestoned album was very good.

  33. Leeann
    July 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    My favorite Tillis albums are her latest two, Rhinestoned and It’s All Relative.

  34. SHORESLADY
    July 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Excellent column that uses artist facts and historic industry trends (as determined by consuner activity and professional recognition)to create an in-depth profile in a small space. I have no problem with “forgotten” as it describes the marketplace reality of country music, not historic impact or significance. I like remembering Pam and her music but will I buy anything of hers tomorrow? Not until after I’ve got the new Dierks Bentley, I won’t.

  35. Guy
    July 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Pam Tillis is certainly not “forgotten.” In many cases, this is an unfortunate title for a series.

  36. DC
    July 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    It’s awful that an artist like Pam Tillis can be considered “forgotten”, but in a way it’s definitely true. I have a lot of friends who listen to country radio now (and probably never listened to it before 2004). They’ve never heard of Pam Tillis. They have no clue who she is until I mention that she did “Maybe It Was Memphis”, and that’s the only Pam Tillis song they know. They don’t know Lorrie Morgan either, but they sure as heck know all about Carrie Underwood. Just kinda makes you sad that a really good artist can come along, put out some AWESOME music, then in a few years the only people who remember them are people like us, while most members of the general public say “Pam who?”

    On a happier note, I saw the Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan show in Franklin, NC last month. Incredible show. I have always been a fan of Pam, but never a huge fan of Lorrie. Now I’m a Lorrie fan too. I had chills down my spine when she did “Something In Red”. Great song. My only disappointment is that Pam didn’t sing “The River and the Highway”. To me, that is THE best song she has ever recorded.

  37. gary stein
    July 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Pam Tillis is as vibrant and superb an artist as ever.I agree with some of the other comments that she is ridiculously underrated.Ask me to pick one country artist to see/hear if I’m in the mood for some great country music and good company,and I would pick Pam.She is the absolute BEST at the combination of song selection,songwriting,live singing and impeccable sound quality and musicianship!Now if only she would come up and play NYC! (C’mon,Pam.I’ll take you out for Indian—lol!)Gary

  38. Tex
    July 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    If Pam were on the music scene today like she was several years back, she sing circles around some of these women in country today.

  39. Matt C.
    July 27, 2010 at 12:52 am

    I’d forgotten that Jon was an idiot, despite the fact that he makes well over 100 idiotic comments a year.

  40. J.R. Journey
    July 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Great write-up. I enjoyed it very much.

    I will add that I agree that Pam Tillis is a worthy candidate for a Forgotten Artists piece, if only because she is virtually forgotten by mainstream country radio (aside from 1 or 2 up-tempo recurrents, and ‘Maybe It Was Memphis’). For that reason alone, I think a well-written post like this could only draw attention to her, and certainly helps to generate interest in her music. The argument that adding her to this category would relegate her to ‘forgotten’ and cause people to stop looking for new music from her is redundant to me. The only ones who are really looking for new music from her right now are the long-time fans. So, you’re bound to bring a few new ones to the fold, while also placating those of us who remember, and enjoyed, her glory days on the charts. Some people just bitch too much IMO.

  41. Andrew Leprich
    July 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Excellent article. I’ve always liked Pam Tillis, but haven’t explored her discography beyond her greatest hits. This article gives me some good tips where to start.

  42. Nate
    September 15, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I listen to all kinds of music, and as far as I’m concerned, Pam Tillis is the greatest female country singer of all time! She isn’t forgotten in this house! (I’m 28 years old)…. My girlfriend got us tickets to go see her and Lorrie in a few weeks to celebrate our anniversary. I have been listening to her since I was 12 years old, and I love her… she is a legend with more incredible talent than you could imagine. We love you Pammy!!!

  43. bob
    November 27, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Shes great, it’s to bad they dont mix in older artists with the new on the radio, A great singer for sure.

  44. Barry Mazor
    November 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    For the record, John Carter Cash does in fact have a new CD out this year, and it might surprise some people, if they check it out:–and a second one in Carter Family style:

    http://www.johncartercash.com/

    (Unsolicited link.)

    This notion that anybody who’s not on the hot charts this week is “forgotten” bugs the hell out of me, too, but we’ve been round and round on this. So I’ve given up.

  45. jill
    August 5, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Let’s just hold on to each other, ’til all the lonely’s gone!

  46. al
    September 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    we now have Taylor Swift ..pukes

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