- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008

After a modeling career, presidential seductress Carla Bruni became a modestly successful recording artist. Since 2002, she’s released a pair of albums and sold a total of 2 million copies. Granted, her success is limited to French-speaking countries, where standards of pop music are low. But 2 million is 2 million. And while she may not be, as it were, a true two-sport star like Cher or Bette Midler, neither of the latter is sleeping in the Elysee Palace.

Jeff Daniels— In addition to being an underrated actor, Mr. Daniels writes and performs compelling acoustic blues music. Incidentally, he’s to appear at the Barns at Wolf Trap tomorrow night to promote his latest CD with Jonathan Hogan, “Together Again.”

Juliette Lewis— An actress since she was a teenager, Miss Lewis has kept at least one foot in the music biz, whether it was her role as a mental patient in a Melissa Etheridge video or her performance of PJ Harvey’s “Hardly Wait” in the movie “Strange Days.” For the last several years, though, Miss Lewis and her band, the Licks, have put music front and center.

Keanu Reeves— Most famous for his role as Neo in the “Matrix” movie trilogy, Mr. Reeves had a side gig as bassist in the grunge band Dogstar. Due to pesky day jobs, however, the band has in recent years been stuck in the underground city Zion.

Minnie Driver— A singer before she was an actress, British-born Miss Driver’s roots-rock recording career has been overshadowed by starring roles in movies such as “Grosse Point Blank” and “Good Will Hunting,” not to mention a string of busted high-profile relationships with big-screen hunks such as Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.

Kevin Bacon— We’re not sure if the ubiquitous actor’s musical work with older brother Michael applies to the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game, but the Bacon Brothers have been at it for more than a decade. They’ve got an April 5 gig scheduled at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis.

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