She was the voice of the brokenhearted and lovelorn, but Patsy Cline was no shrinking violet. Though her career and colorful life was tragically cut short when she was just 30 years old, Cline changed the trajectory of country and pop music.
An O.G. Girl Boss, she’d take the stage to bemoan a lover’s cheating heart with unrivaled warbling pain and piercing sorrow, then follow it with an evening of beers and jokes with country’s biggest male stars—and all with a full pocket. In a time in which performers, particularly women, often got cheated by sleazy promoters, Patsy “No Dough, No Show” Cline demanded to be paid before she hit the stage.
In Walkin’ After Midnight, The Lucas’s On Stage Cabaret series continues with a full evening dedicated to “The Cline” herself. Vocalist JJ Hobbs couldn’t be happier to pay tribute to the legend, alongside pianist Jared Hall.
“I’ve been singing Patsy Cline since I was a young girl; my voice is very similar to hers,” Hobbs explains. “I wanted to do a concert that really focused on her music, because I like the way her music sounds and feels when I sing it—it resonates with me.”
If you’ve been keeping track, you’ll know this is the second On Stage Cabaret evening of the summer; hot on the heels of The British Invasion, a tribute to 1960s Brit-pop, Walkin’ After Midnight continues the focus on accessible and influential 20th century popular song.
Hobbs believes that Cline’s catalog is vastly underrepresented and under-sung nowadays; she looks forward to honoring Cline’s life and legacy.
“Her timbre and resonance is so warm and rich,” Hobbs admires. “There’s nothing strident about her voice; there’s nothing abrasive, and there’s nothing divisive. No one can find an issue with her voice! It’s just soothing, and it does exactly what it’s supposed to do: it’s authentic, and that’s what people crave nowadays.”