In a two night event, Grammy and Country music award winning Country artist Crystal Gayle brought her traditional and old time Country music show to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.
Also a “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, Gayle is still the down home country girl of her youth that interacted easily with those on stage and the audience.
Along with performing songs that she grew up with, the show included stories and jokes with members of the band.
The band of multi talented Nashville session players opened the show with an instrumental number before Gayle took the stage.
Noting that they don’t write them like they used to…but should…Gayle chose songs from the artists she grew up with and the songwriters she admired including “Never Ending Love for You”, “Talking in Your Sleep”, “You Don’t Know Me”, “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “Midnight in the Desert”, and even a couple of holiday songs.
Calling out a lady who had been standing back on the stage, Crystal Gayle announced that she was lucy to travel with family – her sister Peggy Sue. Peggy Sue collects rocks, rocks that she turns into pieces of jewelry including some coal taken from Mine Number Five – where their father worked.
Saying that they had another sister who sings, the duo started their set off with “Coal Miner’s Daughter”. Their performance also included “Tiger By the Tail”, “It’s Cryin’ Time Again”, “Act Naturally”, “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, and Loretta Lynn’s first Billboard chart hit that was penned by Peggy Sue, “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ with Lovin’ on Your Mind”.
Gayle ended the show with a medley of old Gospel songs but not before singing her smash hit “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue”.
For an encore she sang “When I Dream”.
Now in her 60’s, Crystal Gayle still has a strong voice that sounds very much like it did when she earned her first music awards.
The Native American Music Hall of Fame member helped the Seneca Nation and Seneca Niagara to celebrate Native American Heritage Month as the final performance in the Bear’s Den by Native American artists. Gayle is a member of the Cherokee Nation.