Kristian Bush’s Role in Sugarland Becomes Clear Listening to His Solo Debut, “Southern Gravity”

Image Courtesy Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush proved he could sing lead on a country hit with his top 20 single "Trailer Hitch." Now, the founding member of Sugarland is stepping out in an ever bigger way with the release of his solo debut album, Southern Gravity. If you are a fan of Sugarland's uptempo hits like "All I Want to Do" and "Stuck Like Glue," you'll find plenty of familiar elements when you listen to the new project.

Kristian tells ABC Radio, "I would say that the departure for anybody would be that you're listening to me sing for the first time, but I would say that the consistency is that you're listening to records that I make, and you've been listening to them for a while."

Sugarland's last album, The Incredible Machine, was released in 2010, and Kristian looks forward to listeners getting a better sense of what he brought to the duo as they listen to Southern Gravity.

"You start to understand that I produced those Sugarland records and that I wrote those songs with my friends and with Jennifer [Nettles]," he says. "So, as you listen to this, there are a lot of [familiar] rhythms. There's a lot of [that same] attitude about how to make records."

So, is Southern Gravity an idea of what Sugarland might sound like in 2015?

Kristian answers, "I mean, it's where I am now. It's what I did the moment we stopped running the bus. This is the next set of music that was made."

Country fans will hear another familiar voice, Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman, singing harmony with Kristian on the song "Waiting on an Angel."

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Trace Adkins Signs New Record Deal; Plans to Release New Music Soon

Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/SunshineSachsTrace Adkins has signed a new record deal with BBR Music Group and plans to have new material out later this year. The move makes Trace a label mate of Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, Randy Houser and many others.

Trace says of the deal, "When you’ve been doing this as long as I have, you don’t always get the feeling that the sky’s the limit. I feel that way right now. When I sign up for something, I go all-in."

Trace is currently in the recording studio working on his 13th studio album.

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Steven Tyler Signs with Nashville-Based Big Machine Label Group

Image Courtesy Zack WhitfordAerosmith front man Steven Tyler has officially signed a record deal with Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group, led by American Idol mentor Scott Borchetta. Tyler confirmed he was releasing a country album during a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry last week. That project is due out later this year on Big Machine's imprint, Dot Records.

Steven says, "My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and The Carter Family and this project is all about me paying homage to my country roots. I’ve been working with some f**king epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with their style and groove."

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Luke Bryan “Spring Break Checkin’ Out” Concert Special Premiering Sunday, April 12

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleIf you didn't make it Luke Bryan's recent spring break concerts on the Gulf Coast of Florida, you'll be able to get a taste of the shows on the new AXS TV special, Luke Bryan Spring Break Checkin' Out. The concert special premieres Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m. ET with exclusive performance and interview footage from this year's concerts in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Clips from Luke's previous spring break concerts will be included as well.

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Alan Jackson’s Mother-in-Law, Nell Brown Jackson, Dies at Age 94

Image Courtesy Schmidt PRAlan Jackson's mother-in-law, Nell Brown Jackson, passed away Friday, April 3 at age 94. Her obituary in the Newnan Times-Herald declares, "The glorious voices of the heavenly choir will be made all the more sweet by her lilting soprano voice." 

Mrs. Jackson 's survived by three children, including Alan's wife, Denise Jackson, as well as eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A visitation with the family will be held Monday night in Newnan, GA, with a service to follow on Tuesday, April 7.

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