Monday, July 21, 2008

Jessica Simpson Gets Mixed Reviews For First Country Music Concert

Jessica Simpson's first country concert was met with mixed reactions. Audiences booed and clapped as the singer, 28, opened for Sara Evans on Saturday at the Country Thunder USA festival in Randall, Wisconsin. "I don't know what your perception is of Jessica Simpson or what tabloid you buy, but I just want you to know that I'm just a girl from Texas," Jessica told the crowd. "I'm just like you. I'm doing what I love and dating a boy."

She dedicated the tune "You're My Sunday" to beau Tony Romo, who was in the audience, and performed a slew of covers — including Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" — as well as her new single "Come On Over." One concertgoer told the local paper: "I'll have to drink a lot of beer to sit through her concert." Added another: "She's an embarrassment to country music."

Not all were haters. One fan told the paper, "I actually like her country songs better. She has a great voice, plus, she's adorable." Despite the lukewarm buzz, her father Joe recently told his daughter — whose album drops September 9 - is ready for country. "It feels really good," he said of her album. "She is extremely happy."


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