Best Country Comeback: Wynonna Judd
At age 50, Judd is incredibly famous, but suffers from some of the cheesy sheen that remains on many mainstream country stars of the Eighties and Nineties. She provided the antidote at her show at the intimate Bethel Hall in St. David's Church on Friday, playing with a stripped-down three-piece band of stone Nashville pros and telling stories about her own life. The audience, a mix of superfans and skeptics, watched Judd reinvent herself. Without overblown production, the emphasis was on her big, bluesy voice — she said that at an early age, she wanted to be known as "Shelvis," and her Presley roots came through.
Full Report: Wynonna Judd Reinvents Herself on Small SXSW Stage