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I flipped over singer Suzy Bogguss when I saw her perform with her band at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis in 2011. I wrote about the show here. Suzy played all her hits and previewed her then unreleased recording of traditional American music. She has a moving voice and a perfect feel for great material, including the traditional music she brought to life on The American Folk Songbook. She is a winning performer and a gifted interpreter. I love her work.

Suzy had hits galore gracing the charts when she first made a name for herself in country music, but she has been pursuing her muse outside the confines of a big label for the past several few years. She has now taken to Kickstarter to invite support for her new recording, a collection of songs by Merle Haggard that she calls Lucky. It sounds like a marriage made in Cosmic American Music heaven.

Suzy writes: “As with the last few records I’ve made, I spent my own money to record and mix this album. Now, I would really like to give Lucky the promotion and push that I think it deserves.” Suzy has posted the generous preview sampler above and the humorous video with a postmodern twist touting the new disc below. Her Kickstarter post offers some interesting opportunities. I can’t hit the $10,000 level that would bring her up to my home for a performance, but it gives me a new goal to reach for late in life when our youngest daughter is through with college. In the meantime, I’m signing up for the recording with bonus cuts.

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