The Judds

On Thursday night, we had a walk through the Calgary Stampede grounds on our way to the Pengrowth Saddledome to go and see a concert by The Judds, a mother/daughter combo that had many big hits back in the 1980’s. The duo stopped performing and touring together in 1991 when the mother, Naomi (now 62), was diagnosed with Hepatitis, which forced her to retire. The daughter, Wynona, has gone on to enjoy an extremely successful solo career in country music.

The concert was one of only 3 they are doing in 2008 and they are the first ones they have done together since 1991, so it was a very special occasion and the crowd responded very well to them. Indeed, the crowd were extremely tuneful, as you might hear in the video clip below.

In our view, it is Wynona who is the special talent. She has a tremendously powerful voice and uses it well. Naomi would chip in with some commentary and some harmonies but left the bulk of the singing to her daughter.  Here’s a couple of pics from the show…


Naomi…Both together…And here is some video footage from the concert. Here, they are singing one of Jan’s all time favourite songs, “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)”. Barely a dry eye in the house!Here’s the lyrics…

It was an excellent night out and is going to be followed up both tonight (Friday) and on Sunday, with further concerts by Sugarland and James Taylor.


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