Martier and band to offer Patsy Cline hits on Oct. 9

By on October 5, 2012

How do you interpret the history of music made famous by Patsy Cline? Call in jazz singer Laura Martier to perform a Cline music concert.

Last season, Martier performed in the role of Cline in “Always … Patsy Cline” and brought the house down on opening night of The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. And she had toes tapping and hands clapping when the production was performed free on Hatteras Island for residents who needed an evening of fun as relief from the worries brought on by Hurricane Irene.

Now she’s coming back to sing some of Cline’s greatest hits, such as “Crazy” and “After Midnight.”

The concert features the music and style associated with the late country singer as interpreted by Martier and a six-piece band that includes: Dan Martier, drums and music director;  Bill Rea, bass;  Tommy Desanto, electric guitar; Becki Rea, keyboard; Leslie Erickson, violin; and Muskrat Reams, pedal steel guitar.

Thirty-nine years after her death, Cline was voted No. 1 on CMT’s television special, The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, and in 1999, she was voted No. 11 on VH1’s special The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll by members and artists of the rock industry. Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time also included Cline. In 1973, her name was placed on a Country Music Hall of Fame plaque.

This free hour-long concert is produced by Elizabeth R & Company and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the indoor theater at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

For information about other free programs offered during this week-long celebration of The Lost Colony’s 75th anniversary, go to


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