Charismatic Wynonna wins over crowd at TJ’s Corral opener

Pheoniz Gruneich

Wynonna & The Big Noise entertain a sellout crowd April 29 at the Carson Valley Inn.
Tahoe Onstage photos by Pheonix Gruneich

Photographer’s notebook: Wynonna & The Big Noise made a a big splash at TJ’s Corral on Saturday, April 29, entertaining a sold-out crowd to open the summer concert series at the Carson Valley Inn.

She started the show in boots and then ended up barefoot and straight comfortable with us all. Wynonna made us feel like we were her own personal HBO show. She even stopped the show to take pics with the kids and told fans: “just talk amongst yourselves.” She said connecting with you all is what it’s all about. Her jokes between and during songs were clever and engaging.

Her hair sparkled in the light and her outfit shimmered every way she turned. She told personal stories and shared how her husband (now drummer), Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser, toured with her when she was 20, but they went their own ways and still came back to each other. Very precious and sweet. They had great stage presence pointing and winking to each other. It was fantastic to see! She shared the story of his motorcycle accident about five years ago. The doctors said he would never play again and she says he plays better now. During the song “Ain’t No Thing,” they point to each other and sing “I’m going to love you forever” Brilliant. I love to see the love.

Wynonna let everyone come toward the stage for the end of the show and exclaimed: “You guys sound like 20,000 people.” She encored with “No One Else on Earth,” and the crowd sang along. Great show.

-Pheonix Gruneich

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A spectacular Carson Valley sunset welcomed music fans to the first show of the season.

Pheonix Gruneich

Drummer Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser is Wynonna’s husband.

About Pheonix Gruneich

Photojournalist Pheonix Gruneich is a native of Southern California where her love of music began. She moved to Tahoe when she was 16. She now resides in the Carson Valley. She is a lover of arts and, most of all, live music!


  1. Amazing story Pheonix. Great Job!!!!!!!

  2. Isn’t Wynonna’s husband Scott Moser? I believe B. B. Borden is in The Marshall Tucker Band.

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