It may be hard to believe that Achy Breaky Heart is 22 years old. Actually, its a bit older, since shortly after it had been passed over by the Oak Ridge Boys, it was recorded in 1991 by the Marcy Brothers (their version was titled Dont Tell My Heart). Billy Ray Cyrus then took it to stratospheric heights in 1992 by adding tight blue jeans and some countrified Elvis-esque hip swivels.
Cyrus, who performs Saturday at Cache Creek, broke a lot of records that year. The album on which Achy Breaky Heart was a single, Some Gave All, spent 17 weeks at No. 1, and Heart spent 43 weeks in the Top 10. It was the first single to reach platinum since 1983s Islands in the Stream from Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
And yet Achy Breaky Heart remains one of the most-despised songs in history. In Achy Breaky Song, Weird Al Yankovich announced that he would rather be tied to a chair and pushed down the stairs than listen to it again. It regularly shows up on lists of worst recordings.
Given its due, though, the song has brought much joy to millions of country dance-hall attendees who started a line-dancing craze that persists. And Cyrus, who has gone through multiple costume changes in his career since (TV actor, Christian singer, father of controversial megastar Miley), is still, despite all the celebrity-magazine articles, primarily known for that song. The surprise is that hes capable of performing much more than that single song would suggest, including folk, retro-rock, rockabilly and pop. (8 p.m.; $39, $49, $65; cachecreek.com)
Temptations at Tahoe
One by one, the Motown groups disappear, members retiring or dying, songs forgotten. Those few who survive do so by not only presenting their classics but by doing so with class and pizzazz. The Temptations are among the few still around, still capable of incredible harmonies on songs such as My Girl, and still able to move with graceful and cheerful choreography. They are headed now by Dennis Edwards, who joined the group in 1968, and are scheduled for Harrahs Tahoe on Saturday. (8 p.m.; $66 in advance, $71.50; Ticketmaster)
Also on schedule this weekend: Bella Donna performs the songs of Stevie Nicks, including those from her Fleetwood Mac period, Friday at Thunder Valley (8:30 p.m.; $19.50, $29.50; thundervalleyresort.com); Norteno music takes over at Cache Creek on Friday with Pesado (9 p.m.; $55 reserved, $39.50 general admission standing; cachecreek.com); and Todd Snider returns to the Crystal Bay for a free show at 10 p.m. Saturday.