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Nettles vocal problems stymie Sugarland concert

Monday, July 20, 2009 – Sugarland bowed out of the Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour Sunday in San Francisco because of vocal problems for Jennifer Nettles. The duo posted a YouTube message on their home page about the cancellation.

"Nobody panic," Nettles said with Kristian Bush next to her. "The truth of the situaition is we are are very disappointed to not be able to be with you tonight. The reason being...I've been dealing with stuff since January that has put me beyond vocally off and on. . We went into the studio between being out on the road, and I sang too much, and I blew my voice. It's like a muscle. It's like another part of your body. If you sprainit or strain it, you have to heal it or you bill break it. I don't want to break it."

"Everything's ok. I'm not sick or I'm not dying. I thought about making up a really good story that I was binging on opium."

"It sucks," said Nettles. "I hate it that I can't be there with you and that we can't be there and do these shows. We wanted most to be there most to be there, if anybody wants it."

"We will see you out on the road very soon," she said.

It was unclear how long Sugarland would be off the road.

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