By Ryan Gueningsman
DHJ Managing Editor
ST. PAUL, MN Winsted native and award-winning country music artist Paulette Carlson will be performing two days (four shows) at the Minnesota State Fair this year.
Performances will take place at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell, and will be Monday, Aug. 29 at 1 and 2:30 p.m., and also Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 1 and 2:30 p.m.
The same voice that sent sparks throughout country radio leading the groundbreaking band Highway 101, has returned with a compelling collection of new songs.
As a founding member of Highway 101, Carlson helped re-define the face of country music in the late 1980s, with such hits as “Whiskey, If You Were A Woman,” “The Bed You Made For Me,” “Somewhere Tonight” and “Cry, Cry, Cry.”
Highway 101 splashed on the national country music charts in 1987 with “The Bed You Made For Me,” which Carlson wrote.
The band combined a respect for traditional country roots while adding the energy of rock to its performances.
Highway 101 toured with George Strait and Randy Travis for some of its early dates and eventually released six albums and had a string of more than a dozen hits, four of which went all the way to number one on the charts.
After leaving Highway 101 in 1990 to pursue a solo career, Carlson reunited with two of her three former bandmates for a “Reunited” album in 1996, and retired shortly after. She occasionally did some songwriting, and re-emerged in 2006 with “Thank You Vets.”
This album was produced and recorded after she wrote “Thank You Vets” when her brother, Gary Carlson was sick.
Carlson said she wanted all Vietnam vets to hear their song, and after two weeks of pre- production and 11 days in the studios of Nashville, the album, titled “It’s About Time,” was off to the pressing plant.
“This is probably the quickest anyone has ever made a record,” she said at the time with a laugh.
In 2007, Carlson was inducted into the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame
Carlson has now decided to book shows again and is “hitting the highway” after years of just writing and spending time with her family between Nashville and Montana.
She performed Aug. 7 at Rollie’s Rednecks and Longnecks in Sauk Rapids, and will also be performing in Medora, ND, at the Burning Hills Amphitheater Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m.
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