Suzy Bogguss, Sugarland, Little Big Town: the weekend in girl country

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Photo courtesy of Valarie Allyn Bienas, http://sugarlandmusic.com
If you're a fan of strong women in country, this is the weekend for you.

First up, early 90s hitmaker Suzy Bogguss, playing tonight at the Dakota (7:00, $30). After a short hiatus to start a family, Bogguss reappeared in recent years and regained a loyal following, this time largely amongst jazz rather than country fans (yes, the two do occasionally cross over). But let's revisit her earlier years, shall we? If this cheery Suzy Bogguss Top 10 hit off her 1991 album Aces doesn't hit you right here, doesn't make you long for a time when music was still hopeful, when jeans were ripped just so, then the 1990s just cried a tear for you and your cold, cold, disaffected heart.

Then on Saturday, country duo Sugarland, with Little Big Town, play the Target Center (7:30, $30.50-56.00, Matt Nathanson opening).

Stalker-y girl power!

Sugarland - "Stuck Like Glue"

You got the milk, now buy the cow power!

Little Big Town - "Little White Church"

But in all seriousness, in spite of it all - "it all" representing the complete crap churned out by the Nashville establishment - these two acts are very good.

And while we're on the subject of girl country...

Today in country music history, Virginia Wynette Pugh was born in 1942 near Tremont, Mississippi, the only child of William Hollice Pugh, who died a year later, and Mildred Faye Russell, who died seven years before her daughter, who herself passed in 1998. Throughout her childhood, Virginia was referred to as Wynette (pronounced Win-net) rather than Virginia, and eventually became known to the world as Tammy Wynette.

Tammy Wynette went on to become known as the First Lady of Country Music, and her best-known song, "Stand by Your Man," is one of the best selling hit singles by a woman in the history of country. Now whether or not given her subject matter she could be considered a strong female role model in music is up for debate, but for whatever it's worth, Wynette remains one of the defining female vocalists of country music.

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