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Suzy Bogguss, Feb. 26-27, Sapphire Room

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Suzy Bogguss, Feb. 26-27, Sapphire Room

Suzy Bogguss (although it's pronounced BAH-guss) is a bona fide artist. Her gold and platinum records, her Grammy Award, her radio and television appearances (including PBS' In Performance at the White House) and her new Kickstarter-funded release, Lucky (Loyal Dutchess Records, Feb. 4, 2014), all attest to that. As Bogguss brings Lucky to Boise, Lucky brings Bogguss full circle. Her 1989 debut record, Somewhere Between, took its title from an early Merle Haggard tune. Now, 25 years later, Bogguss found everything she wanted for Lucky in Haggard's catalog: It's an acoustic album of songs by the country music icon.

On her website, Bogguss says her goal was not to imitate Haggard but to interpret his relatable songs.

"Not every artist has music that is as universal as Merle's," Bogguss said. "I think that's why to so many of us who sing and write songs, he's such a king among us.

With Andy Byron, 7:30 p.m., $25-$65. Tickets available at Sapphire Room, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd.,