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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

'Live' and No. 1

Emory is number 1 all over the place. In your hearts, around the country, in the classroom, on the court ... and on the music charts.

Sugarland's new CD Live on the Inside debuted this week at number 1 on the charts. It's the second consecutive number 1 album for the Country Music Association and Grammy Award-winning duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush 92C.

EAAvesdropping been a fan of the duo for quite some time and is excited not just about the CD but also about the DVD that accompanies it.

It's an inspired package. Most CD/DVD collections offer identical content. The CD is basically an audio version of the DVD. Yay.

Not Live on the Inside. The DVD is a pretty straightforward (albeit extremely entertaining and energetic) concert video. The CD, though, has some gems. Of course, it includes live versions of several Sugarland hits, but the best parts are the covers. Not content to rest on their mainstream country laurels, Nettles and Bush tackle a variety of hits from artists ranging from Pearl Jam to Beyonce to Kings of Leon.

Having seen Sugarland live before, we can vouch for their creativity and musical chops (particularly Kristian, who certainly learned some of his moves while an Emory student).

The only gripe (and it's a small one) is that the show was recorded in Lexington, KY. Now, EAAvesdropping has been to Lexington and it's a nice place, but it would have been doubly special to record the DVD at one of Sugarland's shows in Georgia (they performed at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta on this tour).

Still, it'll be nice to have a keepsake from the show. The t-shirt is cool, but those things do fade after a while.

--Eric Rangus, director of communications, EAA

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