Howdy Yall! Can’t say I thought Id ever be wearing my cowboy boots on stage with an orchestra-but nothing should ever surprise you if your in show biz ; ) This past week marked another beautiful trip to Luzern Switzerland where I was able to share the microphone and stage with 21st Century Orchestra and Chorus as we made our way through the Wild West!
Michael Peterson, a true gentlemen and heralding as one of Nashville and country music’s great writers and singers won the hearts of all those in attendance. With classics like “Ok Corral” and “Raw Hide” we were complete opposites as I sang Ennio Morricone in true Italian Soprano voice in pieces like “The Good the Bad & the Ugly” and “Once Upon A Time in the West”. He and his crooning twang, me and my soaring colluratura were quite striking in our diversity: but an orchestra comprised entirely of Swiss and European musicians marvelously recorded music from Hollywood’s iconic Wild Westerns.
This is the second recording I’ve had the pleasure of doing here at the KKL under Ludwig Wicki’s baton and the precision and musicality of all the musicians and the maestro created such a special atmosphere that I hope comes across on the album.
I’ve sung Lord of the Rings, Disney, classical, and pop music here, and to see these musicians be so adaptable and flexible is just astounding. Plus Luzern itself is more beautiful each time I visit! I was here during the time of the fair, which was right outside the KKL Filled with the noises of little kids eating all sorts of goodies, rides, the ferris wheel, I also got to try some Magen-brot, a speciality made during this time of year. It certainly feels like family as I see the same faces in the chorus and orchestra, and over the years and many performances across the world it is so rare to find such a special group of people.
On the home front, myself and the kids are keeping busy while Daddy is away and loving all the time we have had with our families. October and the fall are so beautiful in Pennsylvania, so to see Lily and Weston enjoy all the pumpkin carving, apple pickin and change of colors makes home feel even more special as I am away on the gig.
Bringing a little token of America and the beauty of our country, from the Wild West, to the valleys of Pennsylvania was truly a treat for me to share. I took the chance to wear my boots, some genuine leather, let my hair down a little and bring the Swiss a little piece of what we call the land of the free in all its glory epitomized by these classic pieces of Western music. Yeehaw!