Paulette Carlson of Highway 101 with special guests, the Hootz. Showtime is 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. $15 general admission. $20 VIP admission. Admission limited to 21+. Tickets available online at tempotickets.com/stcroixcasinos or at the casino at the TLC Players Club booth.
The road to music for Paulette started at a very early age from the lakes of Minnesota to where it’s taken her today. After years of singing in the clubs of Minnesota and North Dakota, Paulette made the move to Nashville and paid her dues the traditional way. Soon after arriving in Nashville, Paulette found herself writing songs for the Oakridge Boys publishing company, Silverline/Goldline. Her first recording contract came as a singles deal at RCA with friend Tony Brown producing.
In 1985 Paulette, with the help of her manager, Chuck Morris, formed the legendary band Highway 101. Their first Warner Bros. single, “The Bed You Made For Me”, written by Paulette, produced by Paul Worley and engineered by Ed Seay, set the sound for the band and offered a new sound for country radio listeners. Paulette’s strong voice and attitude in her songs set the tone for women to come in country music.
Paulette with Highway 101 won CMA awards for Vocal Group of the Year both in 1988 and 1989. They were also honored with ACM’s Vocal Group of the Year awards for 1988 and 1989. Their many other awards included a Grammy nomination. The band toured constantly, entertaining their faithful fans with their hits “Whiskey If You Were A Woman,” “Just Say Yes,” “The Bed You Made For Me,” “All The Reasons Why,” “Cry Cry Cry,” “Honky Tonk Heart,” “Somewhere Tonight” and many others.
In 2005, Paulette wrote the song “Thank You Vets” as her brother was in the hospital battling cancer. “I pulled out my guitar and sat on my bed with a pencil and paper and this song wrote itself in a matter of about ten minutes and I don’t think I changed a lyric on it,” she says. “When a song comes that quickly, all you have to do is pick up a pen and it writes itself. Those songs I take very seriously.” And in 11 days her latest album, “It’s About Time,” was in the pressing plant. Paulette had good reason for her self-imposed deadline. She said, “I wanted to have it for our Vietnam Vets at Operation Homecoming in Branson, Missouri.”
All that life has laid before this singer/songwriter has made Paulette who she is today. She is a talent who feels her music deeply and reaches where many have not. For Paulette, the years of devotion to her family have not taken her away from the music, but given her an insight into life, an insight she puts into her song. With her signature blonde hair and her one-of-a-kind voice, it’s obvious when she takes the stage, Carlson is a woman who will never be content to rest on her laurels and “It’s About Time” is only the latest chapter in a timeless career.