Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush reveal what not to do at a concert

08.04.09 8 years ago

Mercury Nashville

Sugarland has built a reputation as one of the best live bands around and now fans can enjoy one of the duo’s concerts from the comfort of their own lounge chair. “Sugarland: Live on the Inside,” came out today exclusively through Wal-Mart. The DVD/CD combo includes Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush performing at Lexington, Ky.’s Rupp Arena, as well as a collection of the pair covering some of their favorite songs, including Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,”  Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire” and R.E.M.’s  “The One I Love.”

When fans view the concert, Nettles says, she wants them “To be entertained by the show without any preconception of genre or expectation of what to expect because they think country might be this or they’ve seen us here or there before. We put a lot of time and thought and effort into the artistry and the flow and the creativity of our shows and so we want to share that with everybody.”

I talked with Nettles and Bush earlier this week for and found them both charming and engaging. Their love of music and performing shines through.  There are times special moments when the bond between artist and audience is palpable, Nettles says. “There are specific ones where you know that [with that] music or that song or that moment, you are touching people and they are touching you at the same time.”

The pair laughed about how fans still haven’t grasped the need to put their hands up when Nettles and Bush roll over the audience in clear, plastic spheres-a trick they picked up from the Flaming Lips: Wayne Coyne even told them where to buy the balls.

“[We’re rolling] right over your head and if you have a cell phone and a beer, you’re gonna have to put one of them down,” Bush says.  “This is not going to work out. Although I love on YouTube, you’ll see we go right over the top of somebody’s camera.”

“Some people, they don’t exactly what’s about to happen, especially in the beginning,” Nettles says.  “They get excited and they’re holding their child, like ‘Oh, look!’ and I’m screaming in the ball (screams) ‘Put the baby down!’ I know they’re going to get rolled over. If you come to a show, don’t hold your baby up. Just watch.”

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