Let it be known that there is, and always will be, only one Patsy Cline. But that doesn’t mean someone can’t pay a hell of a tribute to her. If, of course, that someone is a hell of a singer. Luckily, LeAnn Rimes had just what it took. And she brought down the house with her medley of Cline covers.
A Beautiful Girl
It was a packed house at the ’13 ACA’s. Luke Bryan was on stage, with fans cheering so loudly he could hardly introduce the next performer. However, he finally got out the introduction. “Tonight, we wanted to remember Patsy with the help of a beautiful young woman,” Bryan.
Of course, the beautiful young woman was the beautiful LeAnn Rimes. Taking the stage in a floor-length sequined pink dress, Rimes definitely looked the part of a bygone country era. She wore long chandelier earrings, and her hands held an antique-looking microphone. A black-and-white filter over the performance augmented the vintage feel. Cline’s portrait hung behind her.
During the performance, she sang a medley of Cline’s greatest hits, including “Walking After Midnight,” “Crazy,” and “Sweet Dreams of You.” The “Blue” singer was a fitting choice for the performance, as Rimes has often been compared to Cline. Sadly, Cline died in a plan crash in 1963. She was 30.
Watch Rimes’ performance below.
Singing Through Tears
The tribute was emotional from beginning to end, but it definitely became even more so with the ending.
“Sweet Dreams of You” concluded the melody. And as Rimes produced the pitch-perfect lyrics, the filter was lifted, and she was shown in color. The audience waved their arms and sang to the music. But they weren’t the only ones experiencing the emotion.
As Rimes came to the end of her performance, tears were seen in her eyes. The consummate professional, she didn’t lose her composure. But the emotion of her songs was obvious. At its conclusion, fans and artists alike rose to their feet and gave her a thunderous standing ovation.
It was a tribute worthy of Patsy Cline, who left country music far too soon. Her smooth voice, though not replicated, was certainly felt in Rimes. And the impact of her legacy was felt by everyone in the room.