Like I said, now that I live in South Georgia, I listen to a heckuva lot of country music these days. One band that always got my ear was this new band, Sugarland. Not because of the music or even the lyrical arrangements, but because the voice of the singer always sounded strangely familiar to me. But that happens when you listen to a lot of good vocalists for a long long time, so I thought nothing of it.
Even when Sugarland showed up with Bon Jovi on CMT's Crossroads (a helluva show, BTW), I watched a little bit. I enjoyed it, but I didn't think much of it. I've seen their videos, didn't really pay that much attention.
Then, tonight, I'm chillin at the house, unwinding from the workweek, surfing channels to end up watching music videos on VH1 Country. Bon Jovi and the Sugarland vocalist I identify as the lead singer and the owner of that hauntingly familiar voice is on my screen. I'm about to turn the channel when the credits appear at the bottom of the screen.
Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles.
I fell out of my chair.
No wonder I recognized the voice. When did she grow her hair out and start singin' country? I reckon she's done alright for herself if she's cuttin' videos with the Jersey Boys.
But I just can't help feeling now that Sugarland is a step down from Soul Miner's Daughter, no matter how successful they are. Guess I'll just have to play the albums side by side to make sure.