Country stars facing a certain age inevitably come to a point where they can either continue chasing chart success or consolidate their style into a brand, using the showbiz capital they've accumulated to explore other interests and opportunities. For Reba McEntire, that must have been around the time she stopped using her last name.
The Oklahoma-born daughter of a rodeo man has made a respectable acting career for herself, first on Broadway -- "I love Annie Get Your Gun," she said -- and then television. (Hey, Reba was a decent sitcom, for what it was. Admit it.) It would be a hoot to see her show up on Nashville as a scheming, man-stealing villainess; someone at ABC please get on that. Deacon could use a juicy storyline at the moment.
But for now, Thursday night at RodeoHouston, Reba seemed quite content to be a singer again. Or make that "sanger."