Jennifer Nettles has been out on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour, serving as the event’s headliner, along side fellow acts Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell and newcomer Tara Thompson. Each night, Nettles and company have been bringing fans across the nation a taste of new music, old music and cherished music, occasionally coming in the form of cover performances.
At a recent CMT show in Oregon, Nettles surprised the crowd by choosing the eerie, scattered and beloved “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen as a goal she wished to accomplish. With ballad-like verses, a theatrical bridge and a rock ‘n’ roll outro, the tune, made ultra-famous by the 1990s comedy Wayne’s World, could not have been more appropriate for the GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist and Broadway star.
Using her pipes to portray a variety of characters and emotions, Nettles led the crowd in a sing-along turned dance party, as she didn’t just deliver the lyrics, but acted them out in tandem. Communicating with her band and sharing with the audience a well-rehearsed and whimsical interpretation of the song, Nettles brought a unique cover to a country show, making us all wish we were Oregonians for a night and, likewise, treated like queens (and kings).