Drag Hotspot Lips' Nicolette Hosts a Salute to the Women of Country, Dressed as Either Dolly or Reba
Lips is celebrating five years of entertainment with two days of performances, and tonight, Nicolette kicks it all off with a Salute to the Women of Country. All proceeds benefit Live Free Be Strong, an anti-bullying campaign. "As someone who was bullied as a kid," Nicolette relates, "I understand where people are coming from."
The Louisiana-raised Nicolette has been doing drag for 17 years and professionally for the past five. A theater major, her first visit to a drag show piqued her interest. "Performing was my passion," she says.
As a Southern gal and a country fan, she's looking forward to tonight's show. On the genre not played much in SoFla, she notes thoughtfully: Yeah, country is known for 'my woman left me, my dog is dead,' but there are songs whose expression you can relate to that's lacking in a lot of top 40 music. They tell a story to which you can identify. You can relate to it."
Nicolette shared a few notable tunes she performs by her two favorite women of country.
"I'm Checkin' Out"
She's a big fan of Reba, who experienced a terrible tragedy 21 years ago at the same time as Nicolette. "She used her music to heal, and it helped me heal too." Seven members of Reba's band and tour managers died in a plane crash and very soon after, she performed this song at the Academy Awards. "That's why I gravitated to Reba, and why she's been my favorite artist for 21 years now."
Of Reba's signature song, Nicolette admits, "frankly, I'm tired of performing it!" But, she says, you have to do it. Leaving it out would be like dressing as Loretta Lynn and not singing "Coal Miner's Daughter."