Reba McEntire Performs Haunting A Cappella Rendition of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams"
That's the only word we can think of after watching Reba McEntire's stunning a cappella take on "Sweet Dreams," originally recorded by Don Gibson in 1955, with Patsy Cline famously recording a version in 1963—a month before she died in a plane crash—that went on to become a big hit.
This past week, McEntire performed it sans musical accompaniment for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's BIG NIGHT (at the Museum) benefit in Nashville to support the museum's work in the face of extended closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Other performers for the virtual fundraiser included Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBride, Tim McGraw, and banjo player Alison Brown. While free to attend, through a "donate" button on YouTube, fans were encouraged to make a gift to the organization. "The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of America’s most loved and visited cultural institutions. As a result of extended closure due to COVID-19, we have suffered significant financial losses and have cancelled many educational events," the note from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum reads alongside the option to donate. "We need your help. Please contribute today, and provide critical support for our work now and into the future. A gift in any amount makes a difference." To date, the fundraiser has collected $590,898 and counting.
Below, dressed in a black blouse and sequined pants, watch McEntire make pure magic of this classic ballad about unreciprocated love. Of course, watching this country great sing to an empty theater makes the performance only that much more intense.
If you'd like to help support the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during this difficult time, you can make a donation here.
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What a beautiful performance. Concert tours may be cancelled, but it's clear McEntire is still keeping her chops ready for us.