Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:01

Country Best Bet: Jennifer Nettles

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Jennifer Nettles wsg Brandy Clark
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
July 19, 7 p.m.
$90 members, $92 general public
meijergardens.org, (616) 957-1580

You might call her the country and western Jenny Lewis, if you were so inclined. Or maybe even one half of the twangy, hetero version of the Indigo Girls. Whatever artist or sub-genre you’re tempted to compare Jennifer Nettles to, don’t. Because the thing is, Nettles, along with Kristian Bush and their wildly successful country duo, Sugarland, is in fact only representative of herself. Labeling someone “unique” is a cliche too frequently tossed around to be truly effective anymore, but in this case, Nettles embodies the essence of creative originality and soul-touching musical spark.

Widely recognized for her powerhouse vocals (the kind of chops you could even fry up on a skillet), Nettles has expanded her range of late to include solo work and television, where she acted as a mentor and judge on ABC’s talent reality show, "Duets." Now hot off the heels of her latest solo single, “Me Without You,” Nettles is prepared to crank the honky-tonk factor up to 11 and bring the people what they want: that is, Nettles by the barrel-full. 

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