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From the Country Standard Time Archives

Wright hasn't forgotten her roots

Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Ct., Aug. 4, 1999

By Michael Sudhalter

UNCASVILLE, CT. - Chely Wright's hour long set consisted of many radio-friendly hits and endless chatter. Yet, she truly enticed the crowd with what brought her to country music in the first place - traditional country songs.

Wright brought a great deal of emotion, rarely seen in many of today's contemporary country artists, to ballads such as "She Went Out For Cigarettes,""The Love That We Lost" and "I Already Do."

While finding her niche with ballads and the occasional uptempo song, Wright sounded somewhat generic and indistinguishable on mid-tempo tunes such as "Just Another Heartache" and "Is It Love Yet."

Wright told the crowd of her encounters with Roy Acuff at the Grand Ole Opry while she was starting out in country music. This tale led into her cover of "Crazy Arms," a stone country tune.

"Emma Jean's Guitar," Wright's personal favorite, painted a picture of who she was as a artist in country music with its simple story line of an old guitar and a big dream.

Wright was backed up by an exceptional five-piece band highlighted by guitarist Shane Hall. His guitar added even more spice to Wright's slick, uptempo "Single White Female"

Despite the success Wright has achieved with HNC, she showed that she has not forgotten her traditional roots. In fact, she is able to balance the two forms of country as well as anyone in the industry.