“Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins’ new musical revue cleverly weaves the lives of four of the most famous of county music stars into a show that invites the audience into the private lives of these stars, showcases their hits with top quality musical skill, and helps to bring back memories in an exciting and new way. Jami Lampkins has the voice and style to recreate the sound of two (of the) stars...Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. She too is a star with a powerful voice that captures the essence of these famous women. I didn't want her to stop singing...she nailed this tribute to them.”
Program Director, Historic Temple Theatre
“The Friends of the Baraboo Zoo were pleased to present the debut of Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks at the Al Ringling Theatre to raise money for a project at the zoo. We had a short window to advertise but had no problem getting a wonderful crowd, and we were very pleased with the outcome. We are looking forward to working with them again in the future. We have heard nothing but wonderful comments from everyone who attended.
Friends of the Baraboo Zoo
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Friends of the Baraboo Zoo present a new country music revue titled Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks: The Music and Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash, starring Jami Lampkins and Tom Waselchuk, on Sunday November 18, 2012, 4:00 pm, at the Al Ringling Theatre, Baraboo WI. The concert will benefit the Baraboo Zoo’s Otter House expansion project.
It may be impossible to crown any one performer as country music’s biggest star, but few would argue that Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash would all be near the top of any list. Each broke barriers and changed country and popular music forever. Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is a new revue that presents the best loved hits of these classic artists, along with stories of their colorful lives.
Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks stars two Wisconsin music veterans: Tom Waselchuk, the show's producer, has performed for over three decades, sometimes juggling multiple projects, but always keeping one foot planted firmly in country music. Mr. Waselchuk is a singer and song writer, and plays guitar, bass and pedal steel guitar. Jami Lampkins moved to Madison in 2007 from Nashville, where she was a finalist in the USA Network’s “Nashville Star” competition. Ms. Lampkins is a powerful singer, a song writer, and accomplished guitarist and banjo player, and has played professionally since age 14. Their back up band for Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is The Dang-Its, a group Waselchuk founded in 1998 and Lampkins joined in 2009.
“Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is a project I’ve been kicking around for a little over a year,” says Waselchuk. “I’m exited to finally debut the show, and I’m grateful to the Friends of the Baraboo Zoo for their help in getting it off the ground. The Show will benfit the Friend's expansion of the Otter House at the Zoo. A good night for Jami and me will be a good night for the zoo and the entire community. And a good night for the otters!”
Area music lovers may already be familiar with the show’s stars: The Dang-Its have performed at Baraboo Courthouse Square Concerts six times since 2000, and they’ve played all over Wisconsin and the Mid West in their 14 year history.
Joining Mr. Waselchuk and Ms. Lampkins are Rick Nass on pedal steel guitar, Pete Olig on electric and upright bass, and Mark Luhring on drums.
Booking information: 608-271-7827,
A personnal note from Tom Waselchuk:
The Dang-Its cover a lot of stylistic ground in our performances: bluegrass, country swing, rockabilly, contemporary alt-country and our own originals. It's a real honor to shine a spotlight on some bigger-than-life artists who've been very influential and inspirational to us. Any fan of traditional country music will love this show. But Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks isn't just for hard-core country fans. Indeed, Hank's infuence is everywhere; Patsy and Johnny were and are huge crossover stars; and Loretta won a Grammy award in 2005 for her collaborations with rocker Jack White! Some of the songs in the show have been in our repertoire for years, and we’re keeping our own arrangements on many of them. Other tunes we’ve arranged with our own “dang” flair. The rest of the songs we are treating with a light touch and great respect for the originals, as perfomed by Hank, Loretta, Patsy and Johnny.
We’re very excited about Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks, and we hope you’ll consider attending and spreading the word.
Below are a couple of promo stills taken by our first call photographer, Rick Marolt (www.maroltphotography.com), followed by a fabulous retro poster designed by our steel guitarist and resident artist/illustrator Rick Nass