Barnett opens GAAC season

Published 3:36 pm Friday, October 3, 2014

The Greenville Area Arts Council will kick off its 33rd season Tuesday with a performance by Mandy Barnett.

Barnett’s show, “Sweet Dreams,” features the music of country music legend Patsy Cline.

Greenville Area Arts Council Executive Director Nancy Idland said she believes the show will be a hit with audience members.

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“We always have a good response from our country shows, and (Mandy Barnett) has an amazing voice,” Idland said.

As a teenager, Barnett starred as Cline in the stage show “Always … Patsy Cline” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

Barnett tours regularly and is a frequent guest on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

Barnett’s album “Sweet Dreams,” which was released in 2011, features her renditions of songs previously recorded by Cline, such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Faded Love.”

Barnett has been descrived as “one of the most beautiful, classic country female voices of all time” by

Tickets to the show are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Advanced tickets can be purchased at McFerrin’s Jewelry and The Pineapple. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the show.

The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre in downtown Greenville.