When Wynonna Judd hits the road these days, she says it’s “to take a break.
“I have teenagers and they’re always around with six and eight friends.
“So I go on the road ’cause it’s all about me!”
There’s a lot of Judd for a show to be about, of course. As The Judds, she and her mother, Naomi, scored 14 No. 1 country hits and sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Wynonna bowed as a solo artist in 1992, topping the charts with her first three singles and scoring 19 more hits from her seven studio albums.
Despite the recording success, however, Wynonna prefers to play live when given her druthers.
“I love to be on stage,” she explains. “It’s the live interaction human connection moment, ’cause the rest of it is fluff and it’s TV and pretend. The live gig allows me to tell stories and be real and laugh and cry and just have a human experience.
“When you’re live, I can see the guy getting up to go to the bathroom and I can stop him in his tracks; I can say, ‘Hey! Hey you!’ and I have a relationship with him all of a sudden, and the crowd loves it. It’s live. It’s real. It’s community.”
And that connection runs even deeper during her annual “A Classic Christmas Tour.”
“It’s a heavy time, a really heavy time,” notes the twice-divorced Wynonna, 45, who was born Christina Ciminella in Kentucky and now resides near Nashville, Tenn., with son Elijah, 14, and daughter Grace, 13. “I have to protect myself spiritually because so many people are going through so many things at this time, and it’s hypersensitive. The fans are in a have or have-not space ... and they tell me their stories.
“And I go to my bus oftentimes discouraged, and I have to talk myself out of that because people just tell me their stuff — which is great, but I don’t take it lightly, either. I feel what they’re saying to me.”
Wynonna is hatching plans for a busy 2010, meanwhile. She plans to reunite The Judds for some touring and possibly new recording and will also publish her first novel, a young adult book called “The Restless Heart” that tells Wynonna’s own story through a fictional character. She’s also working on a follow-up to this year’s covers album, “Sing: Chapter 1.”
Wynonna performs at 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 11) at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit. Tickets are $50-75. Call (313) 237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
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