Canadian country singer, Terri Clark, proved herself to be a top-notch entertainer when she played at the Interior Savings Centre last Friday. The coliseum was only half full, and the floor was filled with chairs, dampening the atmosphere, but Clark exuded energy and charisma on stage, putting on an entertaining performance.
Clark grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta, before moving down to Nashville to pursue a career in music.
She has had a fairly successful career: two of her albums have gone platinum in both Canada and the US, and she has had her fair share of top ten country hits.
Despite her success, she has felt unsatisfied with her passed career and music.
“I wasn’t connecting with what people wanted me to record,” said Clark on her website.
“It felt like I was on an assembly line: nothing new, nothing fresh or true to me—and it seemed like the fire was going out.”
With this in mind, she broke from her label and independently produced and released her new album, The Long Way Home. The album has a definite mainstream country music sound, but it has grown in both complexity and maturity.
Having little experience with country music, I was curious to check out Clark’s show.
Despite her music not being to my particular taste, I was pleasantly surprised by the vigor of her live performance.
Switching between sharing the stage with a backing band and appearing with just her acoustic guitar, she also gave her band ample time to display their own talents. Through most of the performance she adlibbed lines and responded to the crowd.
Her new material was heavily featured in the concert but that didn’t stop her from playing her old hits, such as Poor, Poor Pitiful Me, which seemed to get the best response from the appreciative crowd.
The main problem with the show didn’t have anything to do with Clark or her band at all. The biggest problem was the placement of chairs on the floor.
While Clark was doing her best to get people to dance and sing along, the chairs made it difficult for the crowd to move around or work up much energy.
Behind the chairs, quite a ways away from the stage, was an open area where a few couples had moved from their seats to dance and two-step.
Despite this downfall, and a partially empty coliseum, Clark seemed genuinely excited to be performing in Kamloops. The crowd also responded warmly and enthusiastically to her.
When she left the stage the first time, the applause was surprisingly loud for the size of the audience.
When she returned for the encore she blasted through a rocking cover of Folsom Prison Blues that featured both a drum and a bass solo.
She finished the night with a more toned down version of If You Want Fire from her new album before finishing her set.
Clark seems to be one of those performers who is a genuine pleasure to watch live whether you are a fan or not, as she not only comes across as sincere but is entertaining and exciting to watch.