But we would be proud if Collins truly were a native of this area. Oklahoma-born and California-raised, Collins started her music career here, giving Northeast Ohioans a taste of achingly brilliant country soul. Collins's debut CD, dropped in 2000, showed that she and her husband-musical collaborator Al (Parma's own!) are two people in the country-music business who get it, displaying the passion of traditional country music while still sounding as modern as anything the industry suits force-feed radio programmers. Also, she blows a mean harmonica. Stacie and Al now live in Nashville, where they're working on a follow-up CD.
Opening the show will be the Wahoos, fronted by Columbus club owner Dan Dougan. Having played alternative country off and on for eight years, they're finally getting a debut CD together. And if you've had a taste of the group's hard-charging country rock, you know it's likely to be worth the wait.