She has filled huge stadiums and played in smoky rooms but for country superstar Pam Tillis it has always been about the music.
“I try to conduct myself with as much integrity as I can,” she said by phone from her home in Nashville. “I put my heart into it.”
Tillis will put her heart into it in Plymouth this Labor Day weekend as the headliner for the Blueberry Festival’s Main Stage. While she says there is a real energy and excitement about the big crowds, the smaller shows have their own special appeal.
“I’m really excited about doing the show in Plymouth,” she said. “There’s something that is so relaxed about the smaller shows. It’s kind of like singing in somebody’s living room or singing into the hair brush when you were a little girl. I always feel like the smaller crowds go away from a show feeling like they know the artist a little more.”
Tillis has gotten back to her “roots,” so to speak starting with her album “Rhinestone” that has a sound that she is very pleased with.
“It’s not over organized, it’s not over produced,” she said. “It’s a little more rootsy, what I like to call Americana music and I guess I kind of distanced myself from some of the mainstream. It doesn’t sound a lot like a lot of the music coming out of Nashville right now.”
A return to song writing has been invigorating to her.
“I was a staff song writer for a lot of years and then I started having some hit records and just sort of stopped for awhile,” said Tillis. “For the last couple of years I’ve really gotten back into it. I’m such a perfectionist that sometimes I think I freak myself out. My co-writers have been so encouraging. I’ve done probably 30 new songs this year.
“I really want to record more. I hope to get a new record out the middle of next year. I’ve got my next three in my head but all three are so different I don’t know how I’m going to reconcile all three of them into one.”
Tillis will hit the main stage on Saturday at the Blueberry Festival highlighting a day that also has a full day of free music sponsored by Youth For Christ at the gospel stage at the Young Amphitheater. The day of contemporary Christian music will have Denver Bierman & the Mile High Orchestra as its headliner.
Friday sees the first ever Blueberry Idol Karoake Contest and Saturday has Thaddeus Rex for the kids and Elwood Splinter’s Blues Band for the adults.
For a complete entertainment lineup for the weekend visit www.blueberryfestival.org/pg/entertainment.html .