Jessica Simpson Plans First Country Concert


Jessica Simpson makes a surprise appearance at the Nightly Concert on the Vault Concert Stage LP Field Thursday, June 5 in Downtown Nashville during the 2008 CMA Music Festival. Photographer: John Russell / CMA

June 27, 2008 — Jessica Simpson has booked an appearance during the Country Thunder USA festival in Twin Lakes, Wis., in what her representatives say is her first full concert since shifting from pop music into country.

Jessica’s performance comes July 19, on the final day of a four-day event that features more than 40 acts, including Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans and Taylor Swift.

From all appearances, she’ll be quite happy to let the fans form a first-hand impression of her and her music. She’s most often been presented to the public through the tabloids, but she says that much of what’s been written about her is littered with errors and incorrect speculation.

"As far as tabloids are concerned, they’re gonna do that no matter what," she told the national radio show GAC Nights: Live From Nashville. "If I’m walking down the street holding a Starbucks, they’re gonna talk about that or they’re gonna talk about my relationships. I’d rather people hear the truth than make up something, so they can say whatever they want to about the music."

The music on her first country album, due this fall, will represent her truthfully — at least at an emotional level.

"Most of the music is from real-life experiences," she said. "I can’t sing about something that I haven’t gone through. I can’t make you fall in love with that song if I can’t relate to it."

Jessica’s first country single, "Come On Over," is currently in the Top 30 on the Country Aircheck chart.