SPRINGFIELD —Performing is a family affair for three-time Grammy Award winner Linda Davis whether she is related to the people she sings with or not.
Davis, the mother of Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, is set to appear in the "Heart Behind the Music: Songwriter Showcase" with musical "brothers" Billy Dean and Mo Pitney at the Mars Theatre on Aug. 17.
"Music people, we are a big ol' family together — besides our real family," Davis said. "We add on and get the circle a little bit bigger because we have so much in common and it's really going to be a treat to bring our kind of music, our kind of country, to Springfield. I get a sense that the folks there will relate to us and us to them."
Davis has long been one of Nashville's favorite vocalists. Some of her biggest proponents include Kenny Rogers, Reba McIntyre, Garth Brooks and George Strait. She joined with McIntyre in 1993 on the Grammy-winning, chart-topping duet "Does He Love You?"
In addition to her stunning voice, Davis boasts a top-notch flair for songwriting, as do Dean and Pitney. The three of them will discuss the process behind some of their hits during their Mars Theatre Show.
"What we are bringing is an acoustic version of our music, of our hits, of our new songs," Davis said. "We just sit up there on stools together and share stories, and take turns singing songs, and we feel like we are in your living room.
"We try to make everybody feel comfortable and we laugh a lot because we are friends. It's like having three buddies, three friends, just sitting around taking turns — we call them guitar pulls here in Nashville. It's a very laid-back kind of concert and I found that the fans who really want to listen to the music really want to hear the lyrics and the stories behind them.
"Then, when you hear them on the radio — whether it be by us or somebody who cut our songs — it holds more value because you know what's behind it. It just makes for a very special memory if we do our part."
See the June 20 edition of the Effingham Herald for the rest of the story.