Sugarland gets "Bigger"
Thursday, April 12, 2018
– Sugarland announced today that the duo would release "Bigger" on June 8 on Big Machine and UMG Nashville Records.
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs, which the pair produced along with Julian Raymond. The lead single, "Still The Same," is currently on the charts in advance of the Still the Same 2018 Tour. The lone song not written by the pair, "Babe," was penned by Taylor Swift and Pat Monahan of Train. Swift is featured on the song. The album cover also was unveiled today.
Sugarland took a seven-year break during which time Nettles and Bush had their own solo projects. Neither achieved much commercial success on their own.
"Our hopefulness and our sparkiness and our joy is one of the things I think we do uniquely well, especially in the country format," said Nettles. "We offer that in a unique way."
"This album has a whole bunch of mystery," said Bush. "I'm listening to it every two days just to see what's in it. I have entire pints of blood in that thing, but I still don't know where it all came from, and I love that."
"We have always enjoyed playing in the margins and stretching the format," said Nettles. "But it's fun to have taken this time away and seen how the format has expanded and how music has evolved. Before, we were playing in the margins. Now, the margins have moved, and that's fun to hear."
"It's not like we stopped creating with [2010 album] 'The Incredible Machine'," Bush said. "We kept going, but like a good Netflix show you skipped seasons three and four, and now you're seeing season five and you're reminded of why you loved it. We didn't really hit pause on anything. We both got on treadmills that were even faster in some ways. But we made a promise to come back, and we kept that promise."
The track list is:
1. "Bigger" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
2. "On A Roll" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
3. "Let Me Remind You" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
4. "Mother" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
5. "Still The Same" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
6. "Lean It On Back" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
7. "Babe (featuring Taylor Swift)" - Taylor Swift, Pat Monahan
8. "Bird In A Cage" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
9. "Love Me Like I'm Leaving" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles, Tim Owens
10. "Tuesday's Broken" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
11. "Not The Only" - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
Sugarland will appear on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! May 2. The tour starts May 25 visiting 48 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
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