Jennifer Nettles Addresses The Country Music Stereotype

Jennifer Nettles Addresses The Country Music Stereotype | Country Music Videos

Dana Tynan

Music City was hopping last week as media from all over the country and some of country music’s biggest stars descended on the town for the 2016 Country Radio Seminar. 

Among the artists who performed for the 3-day event was Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles who headlined the final luncheon on Wednesday. As she took the stage, Nettles took the opportunity to address a topic that has been a hot one in the country music industry for years…the stereotype.

“A lot of times people make fun of country music,” Nettles said. “They say, ‘Oh, country music is about your dog dying and your truck breaking down and your wife cheating.’ But there’s a kernel of truth to that stereotype — and I love it.

“That is what country music does better than any other genre, in my opinion. It celebrates brokenness. And it celebrates realness in a way that helps us to heal.”

She used the opportunity to introduce her latest single “Unlove You,” a heart-breaking ballad written by Nettles and fellow artist Brandy Clark. Nettles debuted the song on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in November, just weeks before she portrayed Dolly Parton’s mother, Avie Lee Parton, in the made-for-tv movie Coat of Many Colors, based on the autobiographical song Parton penned in 1971.

Listen to Jennifer Nettles perform “Unlove You” at the CMT Next Women Of Country’s CMA Awards showcase in the video below. 

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