BEST REINVENTION, COUNTRY DIVISION: Suzy Bogguss
Bogguss began her career as a mainstream country act in the 1990s. She's still playing mainstream country now, just circa the 1930s-1960s. Tonight she yodeled like Patsy Montana, who she covered expertly, and also covered Merle Haggard, source of every song on her new LP, Lucky. And she managed to get noisy crowd to sing along on a handsome version of Hag's "Silver Wings," though the drink ticket-clutching industry crowd seemed more attuned to her take on"Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down." Her steel-powered band sounded great too. She's as country as they come.