Talent Factory owner Larry Sloan had no idea the “bigness” of an act he recently booked for Sunday, May 20, until he talked to Chris Clark.
When he mentioned the name, Lorie Line, to Clark, who owns The Flower Bed across the street from the theater, Sloan said Clark made him repeat her name several times. “Wait, THE Lorie Line?,” Clark asked. Sloan replied, “Yes.”
“Lorie Line, the concert pianist?,” Clark asked again.
“Yes,” Sloan replied again. “He (Clark) even made me spell it!”
Since that conversation, Sloan has done his research on Lorie Line.
“She truly is a ‘big deal’ for this theater in Nevada, Iowa,” he now knows.
Line, after 29 years of touring, is entering her third year of going solo, which, according to a press release the star provided through her business, Lorie Line Music, Inc., gives her the flexibility she likes to improvise with her playing (piano) … and improvise with her storytelling.”
“After three years of doing this, I’m comfortable. I feel like everyone in the audience is related to me. They’re my family,” Line said.
Sloan, who is often out searching for stars he can bring to The Talent Factory, said this act came to him. It’s something he’s getting more used to.
“We’ve been very fortunate now … most of our artists are contacting us. That’s a pleasant change from begging them to consider performing here,” he said.
Tim Line, Lorie’s husband, made the contact to see if they could book Sloan’s theater for a May show.
“At the time I wasn’t familiar with Lorie, but I quickly found out that she was a very fine performer who was in demand in almost every club and theater,” Sloan said.
After doing some research, listening to videos and reading about her, Sloan agrees that Line is incredible. “From what I understand, this could be a sold-out show. Seating is assigned and reserved, so we will fill in the seats from the front to the rear as the orders come in. Special-needs patrons will be placed in wheelchair-accessible seating or in aisle seats as needed. I recommend reserving your tickets as soon as you can,” Sloan said.
Line reports only two other people travel with her for these shows — her husband, Tim, and her assistant — as they go to popular cities to work on solo shows. The first year she performed by herself, she went to 22 cities, got her “chops” and started getting comfortable on the bench and behind the keyboard all by herself. Now, she says, she’ll never go back.
“The holidays will be about the big group, the extravaganza of it all, but all other times of the year, it will be just me …simple, but grand,” Line said.
Line’s plan for this year’s shows is to play music from her newest Heritage series, and she is also featuring music from Simply Grand, her most popular music played on Pandora. Her goal is to travel to small cities where fans cannot believe she is coming … in other words, to be a “very big fish in a very small pond.”
She hit the nail on the head by choosing Nevada. Sloan can hardly believe his good fortune.
He also said it will be fun for her fans when she comes to the Talent Factory as “she will meet in the lobby with everyone for autographs and pictures after the show.”