Sara Evans is hoping for silence after her Thursday concert in downtown Albany.
"I want the show to just sound amazing, where the fans go away just kind of speechless," said Evans, who will bring her "All the Love" tour to the Palace Theatre. "That's how I like to leave a show, 'I can't believe what I just heard, what I experienced.'"
Evans can live with the cheers and shouts that will follow her 8 p.m. show, part of the "CMT Next Women of Country" series. RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr will open the concert, and Evans has just met two new friends.
"We're doing a brand new encore and we're going to bring them out at the end to sing a song with me, so they came over to rehearse," Evans said in a telephone interview. "They were really great singers and really sweet, just like full of energy.
"That part, I'm really excited about because you never know sometimes how other artists are going to be," Evans added. "I immediately just took to them. I could tell we're going to have so much fun."
There will be hits all over the place. Evans has recorded five No. 1 singles: "No Place That Far," "Suds in the Bucket," "A Real Fine Place to Start," "Born to Fly" and "A Little Bit Stronger." Her latest album, "Words," was released last summer.
RaeLynn fans will hear "Lonely Call" and "Love Triangle." Shorr has "Fight Like a Girl" and "Two Hands" on her set list.
Evans, 47, has been in performance mode for most of her life. She was born and raised in Boonville, Missouri and grew up listening to country, pop and rock on the radio. She began singing with her family's band as a five-year-old and first tried out recording as a teenager. A move to Nashville in 1991 meant commitment to the craft.
Evans keeps family close. Brother Matt is her band leader and plays bass. Younger sister Leslie Evans Lyons sings harmony. Son Avery Barker, 18, will also be on stage.
"It's amazing," Evans said of the family connections. "I completely trust them. Leslie and I can just look at each other and know what we're going to do, what we should sing, what this part is. There's never like, 'Now what do you want me to do?'
"We've been singing together for so long, you really feel you have people who know you better than anyone," Evans added. "And they are very protective of me."
Evans loves the CMT shows, because she loves singing duets.
"I love singing with people and getting that chemistry. Whether it's with a guy or a girl, we really mesh," Evans said. "And I love folding into that person."
"Folding in" is like "acting out."
"When I did the 'CMT Crossroads' with Maroon 5 (the television series pairs country music stars with performers from other musical styles), you would think Adam Levine and I were madly in love," Evans said. "We had so much chemistry and I wanted to give that to the fans who were there and watching at home. We had the best time together."
That was 2008. Evans might consider acting in non-concert settings, but she doesn't think movies are in her future.
"I think I'd be better on stage, on Broadway," she said. "I do really well in front of a life audience. I don't know if I would be great at acting but I'd be certainly willing to try if it was the right part."
Evans said her new single, "All the Love You Left Me" from the new album, has become one of her favorite songs to sing.
It's about loss, and it's sad. Evans often has to fight back tears when she's into the lyrics.
"My voice sounds horrible when I cry," she said. "So I really try hard not to do that."
Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124 or at [email protected].
Sara Evans 'All the Love' tour
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany
HOW MUCH: $34.50-$69.50
MORE INFO: www.palacealbany.org