Dolly Parton. If there's one divine diva drag queens would be justified in pulling wigs off to impersonate, it'd be her. But Reba McEntire? That's more of a head scratcher. But for Nicolette over at Lips, the only dinner and a drag venue in Fort Lauderdale, these are her two favorite country singers to imitate.
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.