OFFSTAGE: Tim Allen on Sugarland and the J. Geils Band

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OFFSTAGE: Tim Allen on Sugarland and the J. Geils Band

Published on November 09, 2012 by CMT News

Tim Allen
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

When comedian Tim Allen told me he was an eclectic guy musically, he wasn’t kidding. Because
we started our red carpet conversation at last week’s CMA Awards talking about
his love for Sugarland. “It’s embarrassing that Jennifer Nettles is here
because I’m such a huge fan. The thing about Sugarland is that her voice is just so amazing,” he said. “So I’ve followed them
for quite a while.” But then the talk abruptly turned to the J. Geils Band. Now, I loved them. But they are on the opposite
end of the spectrum from Sugarland, right? Allen doesn’t necessarily think so. “That early rock ‘n’ roll that J. Geils was
doing had elements of what’s really fun about country music today,” said Allen, who was there to present an award with Reba McEntire and promote his sitcom, Last Man Standing. (By “elements,”
maybe he meant the harmonica, which Nettles plays on a few Sugarland songs and was a big part of the J. Geils Band’s music.)
He also said he thinks country is getting back to its roots — what Allen called “kind of this weird Irish folksy funky thing”
— and that it’s all good. “I grew up listening to some steel guitar Western music, kind of hillbilly bluegrass. I like that
that’s back because I love music when it hits its stride.”

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