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Vegas - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Dita Von Tesse

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN WINTER/ACM2015/GETTY IMAGES FOR DCP (STRAIT); MICHAEL LOCCISANO/WIREIMAGE (CROWD); CHRISTIE GOODWIN/REDFERNS (BACK) were some of the other artists that inspired you the most growing up? I had a huge love of Top 40 pop radio, like 'N Sync and the Spice Girls. But I also grew up in Texas around country music, so there was a big mash-up of the two genres going on in my head. Then I got really into the whole songwriting world— Buddy and Julie Miller, Patty Griffin, Mindy Smith—and somewhere along the way I found a blend of all of those things. With Pageant Material, though, I was really inspired by Jim Croce, John Denver, and Glen Campbell. This was a whirlwind year for you; what were some of the highlights? One of the big ones was bringing Sheryl Crow out on stage with me at the Ryman Auditorium to sing "If It Makes You Happy." She came out and it was just such a moment—my ultimate karaoke dream come true. We also sang "Are You Sure" with Willie Nelson on New Year's Eve for a sold-out crowd, and that was mind-blowing. Your songs are known for their relatability, but people also seem eager to ascribe political meanings to your lyrics. Does that bother you? My songs are inspired by life as I live it and make mistakes and have relationships and tri- umphs and arguments. People are always going to take away their own meanings, and that's fine. I don't let other people's ideas attach themselves to me or bother me. That's the beauty of a song: It can mean one thing to me and a totally different thing to someone else. From $75. April 22–23, September 9–10, December 2–3, and February 17–18, 2017. T-Mobile Arena, 844-582-7362; . SCENE HOT TEST TICKET 42 VEGASMAGAZINE.COM

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