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article imageSugarland's Kristian Bush talks about new solo project and tour Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 22, 2014 in Music
Kristian Bush is one of country music's best-kept secrets. He is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist best-known as one half of the country duo Sugarland (along with Jennifer Nettles).
The award-winning musician took some time from his schedule to chat with me about his new project, solo tour, upcoming CMA Music Festival performance and "Music Mondays."
On his song selection process for his new CD, he stated with a laugh, "The more the merrier. Normally, in the Sugarland world, we write about 10 to 12 songs a year, and every few years it is time for a record and we pick the best 10 and we make an album. In this case, it was a little different. In the last two years, I have written a little over 300 songs and it is freaking me out. I am not used to that compulsive creative. Most of the feedback was that I had to share this new music with people so that they can hear it, otherwise it would break my heart and I would stop doing it."
He commenced "Music Mondays" in an effort to preview new music for the fans, especially since he had penned an impressive number of songs over the last two years. Each week, Bush streams a new song on his website. "Part of sharing music was the beginning of the choice that I made. I looked for a technology that would be simple that doesn't get anybody in the business freaked out. I asked myself 'if I were to put out a new song every Monday how long would I be able to do this for,' and at this rate, I am pretty good for seven years from now," he said with a laugh. "It has been really beautiful."
Bush reunited with longtime producer Byron Gallimore for his solo CD, which will be released on Streamsound Records. His lead single will hit country radio later on this summer. "Byron has produced the last four Sugarland records with me. He knows me and knows what I can do better than anyone. It was really natural for him to respond the way he did to me. It has been wonderful working with him," he said.
He is on the road as part of his 2014 "Put Your Soul In It" tour, where he is backed by a five-piece band that includes Rebecca and Megan Lovell from the roots duo Larkin Poe.
On May 30, he will be playing a show at the City Winery in New York City. "I have been walking by the City Winery every time we are in town, and I am like a little kid every time I go by. I am so excited to play it," he said. "I love it and I cannot wait to see what the stage feels like there."
He continued, "I hand-selected this five-piece band, and I cannot wait to share these people with the audiences. It is a really cool group of people. They are Atlanta musicians and they are very interesting to listen to. I love putting them on a song and letting them go."
Bush revealed that he will be performing live at this year's CMA Music Festival in Nashville at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on June 6.
Throughout his musical career, as a member of the multi-platinum band Sugarland, he has sold over 22 million albums worldwide, achieved five No. 1 singles and has won numerous awards such as Grammys, ACMS, CMAs, AMAs and CMT Music Awards. In 2011, he founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect.
Aside from these awards and accolades, one of his proudest moments involved being on Sesame Street. "That was pretty awesome," he admitted.
Bush listed Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town as his dream female duet choices.
He concluded with a message for his fans, reassuring that the band is not breaking up in any way or form. "I will tell everybody not to panic. We are not breaking the band up. That would be hideous if we did that. Welcome through the front door, since my solo CD will sound like Sugarland, just with me singing," he said with a laugh.
For more information on singer-songwriter Kristian Bush and his forthcoming solo project, visit his official website.
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