4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, November 20, Dosey Doe Coffee House, 25911 I-45 N., www.doseydoe.com or 281-367-3774
Since its inception, Dosey Doe Coffee House has become something of a Branson South, with owner/booker Steve Said specializing in high-dollar legacy acts like Larry Gatlin, Pam Tillis and other faded stars. The club certainly has pulled a nice coup in luring Crystal Gayle to The Woodlands. Gayle hasn't had a song on the country charts since 1990, but for 20 years she was an unstoppable force who won every major award a singer can win and produced 18 chart toppers. Her career headed for the stratosphere in 1977, when, encouraged by her producer to abandon the more hillbilly style of her sister Loretta Lynn, Gayle dropped the jazzy, pop-ish "Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue," which catapulted her into the pop charts and freed her from straight country music for good. From 1977 through 1980, there wasn't a hotter artist in Nashville. It didn't hurt that Gayle, known for her floor-length black hair, was selected as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1983. Gayle also had much success in television and films, even working with director Francis Ford Coppola in One for the Heart. She was ranked No. 33 in CMT's Top 40 Women of Country Music. This is a rare opportunity to catch one of Nashville's truly unique talents.