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Reese and Jennifer

If you have been around me or talked to me for any length of time, you will notice that I am high on two particular performers. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Nettles.
Reese has always seemed to me to be the ultimate southerner. When asked what she was going to do with her Golden Globe award, she said, “I’m sure my kids will drive it around in their trucks.” Hard not to like someone who has their priorities straight. I find it also interesting that she tried very hard to get out of Walk the Line because she had this fear of singing. (Evidently, she had gone to a camp when she was 12 and was told never to sing again.) I listened to her and Joaquin sing “Jackson” and then listened to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash sing the same song. Johnny Cash is Johnny cash. Hard to top that although I can definitely appreciate Joaquin’s effort. However, I think Reese actually sounded better. You can definitely tell that she is laying on the southern accent but I find it interesting that she still talks with one when she is not on the screen. Like Nichole Kidman who speaks plain American English until the camera is not on and then has such a heavy Australian accent you can barely understand her.
At 15 million a picture and averaging 2 pictures a year, you figure that she can afford a baby sitter for Eva and Deacon. Not so. She totes them around everywhere. Ok, I’m sorry but it seems to me that Ryan Philippe got the best end of that deal by marrying Reese. Remember his last picture? Crash with Sandra Bullock last year. It made $5.61 world wide maybe.
He also had that infamous crack about Reese doing all the talking because she made more money.
Onto Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. I got on the bandwagon watching CMT like a lot of other people. It has always seemed to me that she got a heck of a lot more face time than Kristin Hall and Christian Bush. I did a little research and it seems that Hall and Bush and Nettles, all three had a solid club career. Bush and Hall got together and said that they wanted to try for a “bigger” career. They approached Jennifer (who had the Jennifer Nettles Band) and asked her to be the “voice.” When I got to watch CMTs Country Crossroads with Sugarland and Bon Jovi, it was obvious that Jennifer had “lapped” Hall and Bush either unintentionally or intentionally. She and Bon Jovi did some duets that were just fantastic and it appeared to a uninformed viewer that Hall and Bush were in the background throughout. Maybe that is what they wanted. Maybe not. In any case, yesterday, Kristian Hall dropped the other shoe and decided to end her “career” and stay at home and write songs. Now, Ms. Hall writes great songs (ie. “Baby Girl”, “Make me Believe”, etc.) but it seems to me that even I (as modest as I am ) would like to have more than one line in 60 minutes of concert when there is only three of you. Now Jenn and Hall will tour as Sugarland which to the world at large will appear to be Jennifer Nettles and some guy playing the mandolin.

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