Line offering Beatles tribute

FAIRMONT – Pianist Lorie Line was in sixth grade when she listened to The Beatles for the first time. She easily recalls the details of that day when she first saw the cover of a brand-new Abbey Road album on vinyl, how carefully she and her friend placed it on the record player, and then … the introduction to “Come Together,” a song unlike anything she had heard before.

“All year long we listened to that album,” she said.

That song and the moment remained with her, becoming the inspiration for “Come Together,” a project she began this year after getting the rights to make her own album of 14 Beatles songs.

“The hardest part was getting the rights,” she said, since few musicians have received permission to release an entire album of Beatles music.

“You don’t just pay for them. You are blessed with them,” Line said.

Included on the album are mostly ballads, with her favorite being “Eleanor Rigby.” She also compiled a book of the Beatles songs she arranged for the piano.

“People don’t understand unless they’ve tried to play all the parts on the piano that Beatles music is definitely not written for the piano,” Line said. “That was a big challenge for me, but I love the way it turned out, and I’ve heard raving reviews about the album.”

The “Come Together” tour will be at Fairmont Opera House this Saturday, with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 each and available for purchase by calling (507) 238-4900, going online to, or picking them up at the box office.

The set list for the night will include several songs from Line’s new album, as well as past favorites – and there are a lot from which to choose. Line has recorded 45 CDs in 24 years.

“It’s a two-hour, but it goes so fast,” she said.

“Come Together” is casual compared to some of Line’s other productions, but there will still be a few costume changes, plus the Fab Five – five male musicians under the age of 25 – will again appear on stage with her. The group includes drummer Jean-Pierre Bouvet, multi-instrumentalist Josh Fink, Derek Bromme playing bass trombone, violinist/fiddler Robbie Nordstrom, and Mike Linden on guitar.

“They’re really cute, talented kids,” Line said.

At 55, Line has no plans of slowing down. The drive she had when she first started entering – and winning – piano competitions at age 9 continues today. Her senior year of high school, she won the Nevada Junior Miss contest, coming home with a college scholarship that went toward her bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the University of Nevada. Her first full-time job performing was at Dayton’s in Minneapolis, an experience that helped her develop her signature style – and a fan base. Encouraged by her admirers, she began recording her arrangements and then publishing her sheet music.

“I really like what I do,” she said. “I think that is key: to get up every day and do what you want to do. I wake up at 6 every day and jump out of bed because I have so much to do. … I really was born to do this.”