Joni Morris celebrates Patsy Cline

By From page B3 | May 28, 2014

Joni Morris

Take a step back in time to the late 1950s and early ’60s when the airwaves were filled with country western legend Patsy Cline’s songs like “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams” and “I Fall to Pieces” as Joni Morris offers her Tribute to the Music of Patsy Cline at Harris Center for the Arts.

Full of music and comedy, Morris shines with true showmanship and authentic sound in this tribute to glamour girl of country who captivated fans with a soul-stirring voice and a flamboyant personality.

Stockton resident Morris offers spectacular stage productions that appeal to audiences of all ages and have received rave reviews from coast to coast for her tributes. “Morris Has Cline Down Pat” declares the newspaper headlines from the San Francisco Examiner of Morris’ most recent performance there. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Date Book Section reads “It’s Patsy All Over Again” of her re-creation of the country and western legend at the Bay Area’s Alcazar Theatre and “It’s a Solid Gold Smash” exclaims the Modesto Bee.

Morris was born in Modesto and raised in Stockton. She began her career playing the fair circuit with her sister Donna as a vocal duo, the Morris Sisters. In 1993, she portrayed Cline in Columbia Actors Repertory’s production of “Always Patsy Cline.” She has appeared on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and at other notable venues.

Morris has toured nationally for more than 15 years presenting tributes to the music of Cline, Connie Francis, Legendary Ladies in Country Music, Christmas Shows and her own original music. No matter who she is honoring, Morris sings each song brilliantly, adding dazzling costumes and comedy. However, nothing shines so bright as her ability to connect with her audience. She works the crowd better than a Las Vegas crooner. Her audience interaction wins her fans wherever she performs.

Morris has a special fondness for Cline’s music. “Patsy Cline recorded some of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard in my life; I never tire of singing them,” she said. “These songs should never be forgotten!”

Cline became the first female solo artists elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.

Morris has released six albums throughout her career, including her original music with hit song “It’s Hold Me Time.” She is very excited to announce that she now offers a live DVD production of her Tribute to Legendary Ladies show. It’s now available to concert audiences everywhere along with her Joni Morris-A Portrait of Patsy CD.

Joni Morris: A Tribute to the Music of Patsy Cline will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30; 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 31; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. Tickets are $19 to $39. Purchase tickets online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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