Sugarland Album Is, Like, Totally ’80s

Contemporary country acts borrow rather blatantly from other genres — particularly Southern rock and arena rock — but with their new album The Incredible Machine, Sugarland is taking the unorthodox step of wedding country with sounds inspired by the post-new wave era of the 1980s. Acts like Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure and Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark blended pop and rock and a strong fashion sense in that time period, and a lot of it found its way into movie soundtracks. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush were in their teens at the time, and that sound from their youth is part of the creative foundation for the duo’s forthcoming project. Read More

Sugarland’s Machine Almost Built

The next Sugarland album, The Incredible Machine, is set for release Oct. 19, and the duo is working diligently to get that machine in working order. All the songs have been recorded and mixed, but one of the last pieces of the puzzle is a make-or-break element, and they haven’t quite figured it out yet. Read More

Sugarland’s Next Album Glued to October

Sugarland has set a release date for the duo’s much-talked-about next album, The Incredible Machine, but the twosome has been holding out on the first single. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush hit the road this year with the Incredible Machine Tour, but they decided not to unveil the album’s initial release, “Stuck Like Glue,” on stage. They co-wrote it with two guys have strong non-country ties. Shy Carter wrote Rob Thomas’ current pop hit “Someday.” Kevin Griffin is a founding member of Better Than Ezra, a rock band best known for the hit “Good.” Sugarland’s drummer, Travis McNabb, spent more than a decade with Ezra and remains on good terms with the group. Read More