'Live on the Inside' for Sugarland fans

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LOS ANGELES Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have every confidence their fans will turn out to support their latest effort, "Live on the Inside," and they're counting on them to encourage newcomers into the fold.

"Our fans are wonderful fans, and they're almost rabid fans," said Kristian. "But the thing they do the most, and what they're most powerful at, is turning other people on to what we do. So we've kind of charged our fans with going out and grabbing somebody that might not listen to country music and, you know, bring them over to their house and turn it on."

"Yeah, I think they can expect obviously the songs that they know from us if they're fans, they can expect that" said Jennifer. "But for those who aren't, this is not your grandma's country, okay?"

The award-winning duo has had to deal with a recent health scare. Jennifer was suffering from strained vocal cords, and said she simply "sang too much."

So what was her first reaction to the news?

"Complete and total panic, if you want me to be honest," said Jennifer. "Complete and total panic -- and fear and anxiety. Because not only is it your body, and your own health - which this is the only body that you get - but it's also your livelihood, and a place I take very much joy. So it's very scary when that happens."

After two weeks of complete vocal rest - which forced the duo to miss several concerts - Sugarland is happy to be back on its musical track.

"The healing process is not always an easy process either, a lot of times. Especially for us, because we're always 'Go, go, go, go, go," said Kristian. "To try to slow down, is sometimes more difficult than speeding up."

"It is getting better, and I am, you know, taking care of myself, and trying to be very conscious of what I'm doing in order to get out there and keep doing what I'm doing," said Jennifer. "Because I'm in this for the long game, you know. Not the short game. And I want to be able to protect myself when I need to, and sometimes you have to take a step back and actually sleep. It's amazing."

Sugarland takes us "Live on the Inside" Monday night on ABC7 at 8 p.m. That's followed by two hours of "/*Dating in the Dark*/," and then Eyewitness News at 11pm.

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