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CMA Songwriters Series returning to Chicago

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

After a successful night this week in Boston with Miranda Lambert and Kip Moore, the Country Music Association’s (CMA) Songwriter Series will be returning back to Chicago! The new edition, which will take over the popular Joe’s Bar in downtown Chicago on August 1st, will feature hit songwriters Matraca Berg, Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush, and Bobby Pinson. Bob DiPiero will once again serve as the evening’s host.

The event features an intimate, acoustic round-table like setting where each songwriter will take turns sharing the stories behind the hit songs they’ve written and will perform the original versions. It’s a special one-of-a-kind chance for country fans to hear some of the biggest songs in country music from before they were hits.

The event is a pretty exciting one for Kristian, who shares:

“The thing I love most about the CMA Songwriters Series is watching the audience discover new things about songs they’ve known for years. I know I’ve learned more about the songwriting process just by sitting next to the amazing writers in this series. As a bonus, I also love Chicago and Joe’s Bar — I remember the first time I played there and I look forward to playing there again in August, it’s going to be another great night.”

Tickets will go on-sale later today for an early bird price of $15 through joesbar.com. The special price will be in effect until tomorrow (Saturday).

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush releases solo music

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

Sugarland fans dying to hear some new music are in for a treat – if you live overseas. Kristian Bush has re-launched his own website and music. His brand new solo single “Love Or Money” was released in the United Kingdom and Europe this week. It’s the first solo single released by Kristian, who has been in the music business for over twenty years. The single is available for purchase on all European digital music retailers, including iTunes Europe. For fans worrying on if this means the end of Sugarland, it’s not, the pair decided to take a break from the road while Jennifer Nettles has some time to be a new mom.

Kristian Bush's Love or Money official single cover.

Kristian Bush’s Love or Money official single cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristian released the single in the United Kingdom first since the first time he performed it was on BBC Radio.  He played his first solo show at the first country music festival in England at the O2 Arena. Kristian is working on releasing the single to North America in the near future, but for now, international country music fans actually have something American and Canadian fans don’t. We are, however, able to check out the official lyric video for “Love Or Money” below, so make sure to give it a listen and let us know what you think about Kristian trying his hand at solo music:

 

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush Sells Out Thanksgiving Shows

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush‘s annual Thanksgiving shows have sold out! He’s once again returning to Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia, and since his show had sold out so quickly, he added a second date on November 26th. Kristian is pretty excited about the demand for his shows, and he shares:

“I’ve been a songwriter my entire life, and Eddie’s is the club where I got my start, so I’m happy to keep on playing for as long as people want to listen. I’m thrilled so many fans want to ring in their holiday season with this show that means so much to me.”

Kristian has also announced his special guests for the shows – frequent collaborator Ellis Paul and Mercury Records newcomer Canaan Smith will join him November 25th, with singer-songwriter Patrick Davis on November 26th.

Tickets for the encore show on November 26th will go on-sale on October 12th at 9 am EST through the venue’s website eddiesattic.com. Fans wanting to make it out to see Kristian better get your tickets fast – the first show sold-out almost immediately.

Kristian, an award winning songwriter, is making his third appearance on the CMA Songwriter Series when it returns to Nashville on Wednesday, Oct 31 (9:00 PM/CT) at Marathon Music Works as part of Country Music Month’s promotions and events leading up the annual CMA Awards on Thursday, Nov 1 where Bush is nominated for CMA Vocal Duo of the Year with his partner Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.

Sugarland Inducted Into Georgia Hall of Fame

Sugarland.

Congratulations to Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland! They’re on the list of 2012 inductees for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. They’ll be formally inducted at a ceremony on October 14th in Atlanta, Georgia. The superstar country duo got their experience playing in Georgia and have always supported the local music scene back in Georgia.

The induction process is overseen by the Georgia Senate Music Industry Committee and Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc. which is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture the Georgia music community. They also fund the annual scholarship program for students in the state known as the Georgia Music Talent Search.

Congratulations Sugarland!

Sugarland Splitting Up?

Sugarland.

Could country music super-duo Sugarland be heading different ways? In an interview with Zap2it after the ABC “Duets” finale, Jennifer admitted that her and Kristian have been busy doing their own thing as solo artists. Kristian has been busy writing songs with other artists while Jennifer coached her team to a win on the first season of Duets.

In the interview, Jennifer said:

“Kristian [Bush] and I are very supportive of each other in that way,” says Nettles. “He’s been off and writing with everybody on the planet, and obviously I don’t have anything on the books right now as far as scheduled to go in, but I hope to be able to do that one day. And we both do actually, so we’ll see.”
What do you think about Kristian and Jennifer potentially going solo? Do you like them better together? Sound off in the comments below.

Kristian Bush Writes Song on New The dB’s Album

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

Kristian Bush, half of the country supergroup Sugarland, has co-wrote a song with Peter Holsapple, the front man in the 80’s group dB’s for the band’s first album in 30 years!  The track in entitled “She Don’t Drive In The Rain Anymore” and appears on the album entitled, Falling Off The Sky, which was released today (June 12).

 

I was fortunate enough to get to hang out a little with Kristian Bush of Sugarland. I had a song idea that I wanted to run by him, so we sat together one afternoon on his tour bus and tossed ideas around. Kristian was able to channel his muse and encourage me to finish the song that became ‘She Won’t Drive in the Rain Anymore.’ It’s probably the most different composition on the entire Falling Off The Sky album, in terms of what people have come to expect from The dB’s songwriting over the past 35-odd years. I’m incredibly grateful to call Kristian a friend, and I’m glad we got the chance to pull this song out of the hat. – Peter Holsapple

Peter is by far one of America’s most natural and unique songwriters. I studied his albums over and over. In a lot of ways, those songs taught me how to write a pop song that never gave up and never gave in…I remember writing it and trying not to freak out, because the voice singing on the sofa across from me as we were tossing melodies and lyrics back and forth was a voice I had known since I was 14…I am convinced that the 14-year-old me locked away some dB’s melody and served it back to the man who gave it to me in the first place. I am grateful and humbled. And I am totally freaking out that there is a new dB’s album and this time, my name is in the liner notes. Dreams do come true! – Kristian Bush

Country Stars Talk About Mother’s Day

Eli Young Band

Country stars took to Twitter today to express their love and gratitude for all the moms out there, especially their own.  See what they had to say below!

@OfficialJackson: Hope all you moms have had a happy Mother’s Day!

@blakeshelton: Happy Mothers Day momma!!!!! I love you…

@CartersChord: Happy Mother’s Day to our lovely mom @carterrobertson! And to all you other mamas out there, hope you feel very celebrated today!

@davidnail: For all of us Mommy Boy’s out there, Happy Mothers Day!

@EliYoungBand: Happy mothers day to our moms and all you great moms out there!

@FrankieBallard: How can you not love my Mom?

@HillaryScottLA: Happy Mother’s Day @lindadavismusic!!! I’m the luckiest daughter in the world to have you as my mama!

@HunterHayes: Happy mothers day to all the moms out there. Especially MY mom, the best AND coolest one. ;)

@kramergirl: The strongest lady I know. If I’m half the mother she is I’ll be okay! Happy mothers day to all the moms out

@katiearmiger: Happy Mother’s Day to all of those amazing moms out there!

@KeithUrban: Happy Mother’s Day!

@kristianbush: Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, without whom we would really be nowhere.

@Lauren_Alaina: Happy mothers day @Kristytara (: tell y’alls momma thanks for everything she does for you and play her my song “like my mother does” (; muah

@martinamcbride: Thanks for all the Mother’s Day wishes! Hope it’s a special day for all you moms!

@reba: Red Velvet cupcakes for Mother’s Day w @Shelbilly.

‏@taylorswift13: Celebrating this Mother’s Day, reflecting back on past matching velvet holiday ensembles.

@thompsonsquare: happy mothers day!!!!

We here at Keepin’ It Country hope all you moms out there had a great Mother’s Day!

 

PHOTOS: Sugarland’s Kristian Bush Joins Canaan Smith at Opry

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

Kristian Bush, one half of country duo Sugarland, joined newcomer Canaan Smith at his Grand Ole Opry performance on Friday night. It was Canaan’s fourth performance at the historic venue, and he invited his friend Kristian on-stage for his single “We Got Us.” It was a big deal for the new singer on the block, who looks up to his label mate.

“Friday night was my fourth performance on the Grand Ole Opry and I gotta say it was the most exciting for me.” Canaan says. “Being on that legendary stage with someone as influential and talented as Kristian Bush was overwhelming. That moment will be hard to top.”

Check out the pictures from their special performance below. Canaan is currently on-tour with Sugarland on the highly interactive “In Your Hands” tour. Their next stop in May 22nd at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

Kristian Bush’s Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

For those of us who still haven’t quite yet figured out what to get friends and family this holiday season, Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush is lending a hand. He’s put together a list of things that he wants this year, along with products that he has and recommends. Items on his list include an iPod/iPhone case, a magazine subscription, colones, iPad apps, and even jackets. Check out Kristian’s list here on the official Sugarland website.

In case you still need more ideas, Kristian also put together a list last year. See his 2010 Christmas gift guide for even more inspiration.

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush performs annual solo show

Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

Both members of super-group Sugarland kept plenty busy over the weekend. Lead singer Jennifer Nettles made waves in the country music community this morning with the announcement that she tied the knot with longtime BF (and former model!) Justin Miller.

Meanwhile, the other half of the duo, Kristian Bush, focused on more music related endeavors, playing his annual solo show at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA. Bush was joined onstage by longtime friend and collaborator Ellis Paul and Bush’s real-life brother and musician in the SugarBand, Brandon.

The show was a bit different than an average SugarShow. The stage was smaller, the setlist was a bit more varied and, as Bush learned the hard way, a guitar tech was NOT in the house when one of his strings broke during the first song.

Sugarland’s official site hinted at the possiblility of show audio next week, but until then check out the full set lists (including some incredible sounding mash-ups!) after the jump: