Country's Buzz Band: Sugarland
NAME Kristian Bush
SKILL SET Mandolin player and speed demon
Known for his mad dashes back and forth across the stage, Bush figures that's better than seeing him dance. "That was my fear of being in a band with women: choreography," jokes Bush, who has a 5-month-old daughter, Camille, and a 3-year-old son, Tucker, with his wife, Jill. "So far, no need to be scared." Easy for him to say. During shows, says Kristen Hall, "sometimes I don't move, because if I do, he's just going to knock me over."
NAME Jennifer Netties
SKILL SET Singer and kettle corn pro
To keep in shape while the band tours with Brad Paisley, "I work out every day if I can," says Nettles. "Hotels don't all have dumbbells, so I find different things to do to keep myself perky." Just don't expect her to give up her guilty pleasure: "I love kettle corn. I'm a connoisseur at this point," she boasts. "We go to different fairs, and I head straight for the kettle corn stand. I'm staging a personal contest to see who has the best. It's burden I gladly accept."
NAME Kristen Hall
SKILL SET Guitarist-songwriter and rock encyclopedia
Hall, an alternative rocker before Sugar-land formed in 2002, says when she first got to Nashville, "if someone asked me to name 10 George Jones songs, I couldn't do it. But if you wanted to talk Alice Cooper or Patti Smith, I'm in." So for her the highlight of the band's big year was playing "Livin' on a Prayer" with Bon Jovi for CMT: "Some businessman would have paid a million bucks to do it. A billion, a trillion! And I got to do it for free."
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