Leann Rimes

Posted January 29, 2009 in Music

Lately, whenever I’m channel surfing, it seems like Coyote Ugly is always playing on multiple cable TV channels. The 2000 flick, about sexy female bartender/dancers at a trendy NYC bar, basically flopped at the box office. Yet it gave LeAnn Rimes—who had a performance cameo and several songs on the hit soundtrack—a kind of exposure she hadn’t achieved from years of platinum albums, chart topping tunes (“Blue,” “How Do I Live,” “One Way Ticket”), Grammys and Academy of Country Music Awards. She was suddenly all grown up—a far cry from the “little girl with a big voice” as once anointed by Ed McMahon on Star Search. So far this decade, Rimes has successfully crossed over to the dance charts (a slammin’ Kascade remix of “What I Cannot Change,” is currently top 20), with continued success elsewhere. The highly personal 2007 studio disc Family marked the first time she co-wrote all the tunes and featured duets with Reba McEntire, Jon Bon Jovi and Marc Broussard. In San Bernardino, Gloriana is the must-see show opener. The upstart country/pop vocal group started last year after the North Carolina sibling guitar duo Tom and Mike Gossin tired of the club scene and high-tailed it to Nashville. They discovered Rachel Reinert on MySpace and the addition of mandolinist Cheyenne Kimball made their four-part crystalline harmonies complete. Their upcoming self-titled debut album was produced by Matt Serletic (matchbox 20) and includes songwriting contributions by Jeffrey Steele. Exuberant first single “Wild at Heart,” “How Far Do You Wanna Go,” “The Way It Goes” and “If You’re Leaving” could be considered a younger, hipper Little Big Town. (George A. Paul)


LeAnn Rimes, Gloriana at California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino, (909) 885-5152; Tues. Feb. 3, 8PM. $50-$125. Also: Star of the Desert Arena, Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts, (702) 382-1212; Sat., Feb. 7, 8PM; $43.95-$71.45 


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