The Windsor Star from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on September 7, 1985 · 25
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i mrnmr? m m,f THE SATURDAY WINDSOR STAR SEPTEMBER 7, 1985 C5- 'i Mamma tflhey re crazy By Jack Hurst .t Special to The Star BEFORE a SELLOUT California crowd the other night, as Oak Ridge Boys tenor Joe Bonsall ran through his litany of thanks to the Judds for opening the show, the red-haired mother-daughter team suddenly dumbfounded him and everyone else by running onto the stage holding aloft two halves of a sign. APPL," said daughter Wynonnas, while .mother Naomis read, "AUSE." .'Joe cracked up," recalls Naomi. "He just totally lost it To write that Wynonna and Naomi Judd, country musics hottest duo, are enjoying stardom is like writing that' Everest is a mountain. Eighteen months after Naomi quit a nursing job and Wynonna stopped working as a Kelly Girl-ish secretary, the two find themselves revelling in three luxuries their exotically impecunious past never included: money, fans and fame. Last Christmas, Wynonna bought a diamond ring for Naomi, who a year earlier would get house slippers and be tickled pink. For Mothers Day, Naomi gave her mother a microwave oven then had to persuade her she could really afford it. And the other day, for no reason except theyre both gift-shop junkies" who love tacky souvenirs, Naomi bought Wynonna "this big obnoxious seashell nightlight ' "Its so hideous, how could you not love it? she explains. SUDDEN AFFLUENCE has its downside, of course. The Judds are working even harder than they play. But theyre digesting stardoms bitters with its sweets with all the sense of humor they possess which is a lot. Yeah, weve always been real teird, Wynonna says. But we have to have a sense of humor, you know, when we have to walk through hotel lobbies every day tired and with bus hair. I mean, you might as well laugh about it, because you gotta do it anyway. Bus hair, a condition afflicting habitual bus riders, isnt in evidence this particular afternoon. After lunching at a JoJos on the periphery of the St. Louis airport and banishing Wynonnas rat terrier, Loretta named for Loretta Lynn to anterior regions, both Judds loll impeccably combed on the double bed in Naomis rolling stateroom. Its located at the rear of one of their twin tour buses, now roaring up 1-55 toward Peoria between head-high cornfields under a muggy sun. They flew into St Louis after two days of Nashville recording sessions to meet their buses and their band, all of which had just arrived overland from the just-ended Oak Ridge Boys tour, on their way to do two shows at the Heart Of Illinois State Fair in Peoria. That opens a 10-day mid-western tour, which precedes, by only a couple of days, a five-week tour. MOST OF THESE dates will resemble the one at Peoria: regional and county fairs. Road manager Wayne Smithson, who recently ended a dozen road years with hard-travelling Charlie Daniels, describes it succinctly. When I was with Charlie, he says, "we called it the mud-and-dust tour. Who, some still may be asking, are the Judds? Well, theyre a Kentucky-rooted and California-apprenticed duo which recently hit the scene out of nowhere after wowing RCA-Nashville with a rare live audition which resulted from Naomis careful nursing of the daughter of a Nashville record producer in a Nashville-area hospital. Naomi later took the producer a tape. ;J Now: ; Their current hit, Love Is Alive, is just entering the country Top 10, bidding to become their fourth No. 1 country single; Their first full-length album, Why Not Me, still high in the top 20 of the country album charts after more than leight months, already has been certified a "gold 500,000-seller; Their second full-length album, Rockin With The Rhythm Of The Rain, scheduled for release in mid-October and finished only the night before they flew to SL Louis, is expcted to "ship gold, meaning it has received more than 500,000 orders; Their awards total already has reached six, including a Grammy and a Country Music Association citation. Their appeal is due partly to a profound dynamism that expresses itself differently in each. Wynonna is 21 going on 16, with a striking, still-teenage personality that combines inner strength, intelligence and unflinching honesty with such undisciplined juvenile enthusiasms as restaurant food-'fights. Naomis intelligence is cooler and .more efficient. Except for occasional aberrations such as the trick on the Oaks, which she initiated, she appears to run like a machine. - THEIR MUSIC appeals not only to country traditionalists, but the pop-country and even the pop-only crowd. It combines the distinctness of their personalities with diversity from their East-West background. The guts of it come from Wynonnas big, sultry, older-than-its-ycars voice, 1 whose influences range from the Ibluegrass Stanley Brothers from Kentucky to pop-folk Bonnie Raitt from California. This strong core is embellished by Naomi'3 unique vocal harmony, magazine-cover looks and urbanity. : "Mom's country at heart, but sbes California polished, notes Wynonna. "She's seen fast-lane things. That's been part of our thing, I think. "And people know were family, so Photo Associated Press f! A I j & 1 $ :W V'W I 4 i MiamsrrS teak OtfouAe o pan soon 9250 Tecumseh E. 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Girls come up to me and say, Wynonna, I cant even tell my mother hello without getting "I hate what youre wearing, but because of you maybe Ill go home and talk to my mom rather than slam the door in her face. Asked how she acquired quantities of soul usually found in performers twice her age, Wynonna replies that "a lot of its because Im mean. She smiles disarmingly. "Shes a real emotional kid, her mother adds. Real emotional. THE TWO DONT hide their some-times-bitter quarrels. In fact, theyre loquacious in several areas most stars evade. But their "closeness is powerfully evident. Its also natural. Through tenuous times, each has been almost all the other had. One of the emotional highlights of their meteoric rise, they recall, occurred May 11 in Hollywood, when RCA Records sent them to Los Angeles to film a video of Love Is Alive. They checked into suites at a posh hotel, walked out onto their balconies and found themselves staring down at their past. "Right outside my hotel room was our old house in Hollywood," Naomi says. "I could see the little health food store, the Golden Carrot, that I used to work at. And Wynonna was going crazy because from her balcony she could see the yard of West Hollywood Elementary where she went to grade school. We just hugged each other and cried. California was a promised land to which adventurous Naomi eventually fled dissolution of the teenage marriage that had taken her away from her native eastern Kentucky and given her two daughters, Wynonna and 17-year-old Ashley, who now attends private school in the Bluegrass State. California was no rainbow's end. "Ive laid awake at night wondering how I was gonna put food in the kids bellies the next day, Naomi says. One year, we lived in a one-bedroom apartment over a real estate office, and Ashley and I slept on a mattress in a corner of the living room. "AND, BEING a waitress all day and going to nursing school at night, Id have to go on three or four hours sleep a night and just have the late afternoon and early evening to cook and do the laundry and supervise the kids homework and all that Wynonna didnt let lack of funds send her to the rear of the class. Spending her initial high-school years in Marin County in iconoclastic northern California, before graduating in Tennessee, she was voted by her classmates both "most individualistic" and "most talented. "We always had each other and our family back in Kentucky, Naomi adds. And some really strong friends. "Well, we didnt always have the family, Wynonna amends. If it hadnt been for my grandparents, I wouldnt have bad dental braces or senior pictures or gone to the prom, but for a while they thought we were the weirdest people in the world. They thought Mom was some creature from outer space because she had this dream. Naomis mother has been superintendent of the nursery at the First Baptist Church of Ashland, Ky., about as long as Naomi can remember. One of mi recalls, was: "Jesus and germs are everywhere, girls, even though you cant see them. So say your prayers and wash your hands. THE JUDD GIRLS still say prayers and wash their hands, but they spend most of their lives zanily travelling highways with 10 men band members, bus drivers, road manager upon whom they have conferred such Judd names as "Cleon Leon, "Souse Meat and "Lloyd and Floyd, the Oyd Brothers. "Im Mamaw, Naomi adds. And Wynonna? Wydontcha, answers Naomi. The object of the question flounces backward onto the pillows of the bed to stare at hazy sky flashing past the ceilings skylight. Well, she says with a mock-heroic sigh, "they call me Wy. And Beauti-mus Maximus I dont know why. Wy admits she sometimes slips and lets Star Things such as police escorts momentarily go to her head, but she fights these lapses, armed with the warning of a manager: It happens to too many people. They get overwhelmed with themselves and become the biggest drags in the world. A personal question begs to be asked. Is the eligible twosome hounded by men? No. "I sincerely believe theyre afraid of us, Wy says. "Some guy thats gonna come after me has got to have a lotta guts because of her, because shes right behind me saying, Who do you think you are? This is my daughter. And any guy who would have the nerve to ask her out is messing in some tall weeds; shes real ornery, a very aggressive and powerful woman." .Im not powerful," Naomi disagrees, sounding surprised. I MEAN, you like to be in control of everything. Thats the way she is. I think men look at her as intimidating because shes a businesswoman, and shes smart. I know she acts like Oh, Im Little Miss Homemaker and all that, but. . . . "Ive always had men in my life, Naomi says. "First, I was Glenn Judds daughter, then I was Wynonnas fathers wife, and Ive been single, technically speaking, since 1971 or 72. 1 don't date. I have long-term, heavy-duty relationships. But I havent been very lucky with men. The bus reaches a Peoria Holiday Inn at 3:45 p.m., three hours before showtime but only an hour and a quarter before the twosome is expected to meet a photographer for color shots against the background of the fair midway. The hazy sky has turned black and by 4:30 the Judds stare glumly out at the gray rain. At 5 p.m., Naomi walks through the lobby to the restaurant for a hamburger and french fries to go. She takes them to the bus and begins to dine quietly and alone at the table behind the drivers seat. "You learn real fast to eat when you can, she explains. Fifteen minutes later, following the arrival of Wy and Loretta, the bus departs for the fairgrounds. On the way, Wy plays a couple of rough cuts from the album completed in Nashville the night before. ONE, A BALLAD titled Grandpa, sounds a major theme of Judd Music; it asks a forebear to describe, in Wynonnas words, the good old days when lovers used to stick together and families prayed and daddies worked hard instead of going away." "Its one of those songs that just slams you up against the wall and knocks your brains out," she adds, brushing her hair at a mirror in her part of the bus, a hide-a-bed-equipped sitting room immediately in front of Naomis. At the fairgrounds, its raining off and on and the humidity is so high it's hard to tell when the rain stops. But somebody up there likes the Judds. Five before theyre to go on, the rain stops, the clouds part and a setting sun shines. (3 Toronto Star Syndicate) Cat catches unwary prey NORWALK, Conn. (AP) A nightclub is giving refunds to people who bought tickets to what they thought would be the first concert in almost five years by Cat Stevens that turned out to be a hoax. Stevens former manager said the popular singer is now a Muslim and no longer performs. Stevens, who had eight straight gold albums and a series of top-10 hits including Wild World and Moon Shadow, in the early 1970s, hasnt performed since 1981. Dave Donahue, manager of C.D.s Cafe, said a Westport, Conn., promoter contacted him about a week ago to say he had arranged to have Stevens perform in the area, but he needed a location for the concert. "I said, 'Sure, you can do it here," Donahue said. "BUT WHEN it came time to sign contracts, he didnt have any. "We started to check him out, and thats when he checked out He was here a couple of nights. Our questions were kind of avoided. Stevens former manager, Barry Krost said he has no idea what happened. "Technically, Cat doesnt even have a manager because he's no longer performing "Krost said. 3rd Annual Writer-In-Residence SEPTEMBER 24-27, 1985 Daily interviews with local writers, to discuss their work. Submit your manuscript by Sept. 16 "Meet the Author at Tecumseh Mall Library, Sept. 25 at 4:00 p.m. A "live reading, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. (Main Library) A mini Writers Workshop, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (Main Library) For further information call The Main Library 255-6774 Funded by the Canada Council and The Wilfred C. Krug Estate Fund The President and Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Windsor invites you to attend the opening of the exhibition Alfred Laliberte (i878-i953): Sculpture Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. Mayor Elizabeth Klshkon will be present to unveil the bronze statue Le Semeur executed by the artist and donated to the Gallery in 1973. Refreshments will be served Art Gallery of Windsor 445 Riverside Drive West Tues. thru Sat 10-5; Sun. 1-5; Wed. to 10- Admission free. 258-7111 La Semeur, bronze ' t i i i t i i ! I 1 I i I I 1 I I

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