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Sugarland’s Nettles gets Married

Posted on 29 November 2011 by editor


Jennifer Nettles and Justin Miller Christopher Polk/ACMA2011/Getty

Jennifer Nettles had a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

The Sugarland singer, 37, quietly tied the knot Saturday in a small, sunset ceremony in Tennessee.

Wearing an Alexander McQueen gown, Nettles married entrepreneur Justin Miller at a chapel nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in front of an intimate group of close family and friends, including bandmate Kristian Bush.

Miller is a former model who’s been dating Nettles for more than two years. He appeared in the video for the band’s 2006 single, “Want To,” and accompanied the singer to the CMA Awards on Nov. 9, where Sugarland took home the award for vocal duo of the year.

But the honeymoon may have to wait, since Nettles is performing Wednesday with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Nomination Concert Live, and hosting the annual CMA Country Christmas special, airing Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m. ET.


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Sugarland 2011 Incredible Tour Machine

Posted on 07 January 2011 by Bill West


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International super duo Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush) will continue their highly-successful 2010 The Incredible Machine Tour into 2011 and return to the road this spring with guests Sara Bareilles, Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson (each guest performing in selected cities).

The tour will kick off in Houston, TX on March 3rd and travel to over 59 cities nationwide including biggies like Chicago and Atlanta.

The Incredible Machine Tour was one of Pollstar’s Top 50 North American Tours of 2010 and has been described as “stunning,” “fantastically fun” and “not one to be missed.”

Markets and Tour Dates:
3/3 Houston, TX
3/4 North Little Rock, AR
3/5 Tulsa, OK
3/10 Greenville, SC
3/11 North Charleston, SC
3/12 Jacksonville, FL
3/17 Grand Rapids, MI
3/18 Bloomington, IL
3/19 Sioux City, IA
4/14 Pensacola, FL
4/15 Tuscaloosa, AL
4/16 Nashville, TN
5/5 Evansville, IN
5/6 Chicago, IL
5/7 Minneapolis, MN
5/13 Cleveland, OH
5/14 Camden, NJ
5/15 Pittsburgh, PA
5/20 Boston, MA
5/21 Holmdel, NJ
5/22 Columbia, MD
5/26 Lubbock, TX
5/27 San Antonio, TX
5/28 Baton Rouge, LA
6/16 Charleston, WV
6/17 Roanoke Rapids, NC
6/18 Scranton, PA
6/23 Augusta, GA
6/24 Choctaw, MS
6/25 Thackerville, OK
7/8 Darien Lake, NY
7/9 Detroit, MI
7/15 Calgary, AB
7/16 Craven, SK
7/18 Everett, WA
7/22 Paso Robles, CA
7/23 San Diego, CA
7/25 Los Angeles, CA
7/26 Los Angeles, CA
8/5 Detroit Lakes, MN
8/6 Omaha, NE
8/7 Kansas City, MO
8/12 Rockford, IL
8/13 Indianapolis, IN
8/14 Des Moines, IA
8/18 Albuquerque, NM
8/19 Denver, CO
8/20 Salt Lake City, UT
8/25 Sacramento, CA
8/27 Las Vegas, NV
9/2 Allentown, PA
9/3 Syracuse, NY
9/4 Essex Junction, VT
10/6 Knoxville, TN
10/7 St. Louis, MO
10/8 Wichita, KS
10/14 Uncasville, CT
10/15 Uncasville, CT
10/20 Orlando, FL
10/21 Tallahassee, FL
10/22 Atlanta, GA

For more information on the 2011 Sugarland tour, visit

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Sugarland Sweet Release

Posted on 12 October 2010 by Bill West

UPDATE– from the bands website– webcast Tomorrow– they write:

We are thrilled beyond measure to announce that we will be streaming a live concert on YouTubethis Monday night, Oct. 18, as part of the AmEx Unstaged series. The show will air at 9pm ET/6pm PT on Sugarland’s VEVO channel, straight from NYC’s Best Buy Theater into your living room.

We’ve got a whole bunch of tricks up our sleeve for this gig — including some amazing special guests — and the chance for YOU to be involved in the show!  Watch the Sugarland Unstaged trailer on VEVO to get yourself pumped, and then spread the word! Call your friends! Wake the neighbors! Feed the dog! It’s a Sugarland party on Monday night — followed by the release of our fourth album,The Incredible Machine, available all over the dang place this Tuesday, Oct. 19.


Every Tuesday until the release of The Incredible Machine. iTunes will offer another track for sale. Collect ‘em all, and then click “Complete My Album” on release day to own the whole record!

Sugarland release time is almost here and Jennifer Nettles is letting a few out early.  Week one, they brought you the title track off the record, “Incredible Machine.” Last week, you got the song that’s been opening the Incredible Machine Tour all summer: “Wide Open.”
Little Miss – Single – Sugarland

Today, it’s “Little Miss,” a song that might describe a lot of you out there — and a lot of women you might know. “Little Miss I’ll get tough, don’t you worry ’bout me anymore,” Jennifer sings, over Kristian’s acoustic guitar. “Little Miss I’ll take less, when I always give so much more.” Then there’s the therapeutic chorus: “It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right — sometimes you gotta lose until you win… it’ll be all right again.”

Download the song from iTunes and give it a good listen. It’s all right — you are loved! How does it feel to hear those words today? Who would you give this song to, and why? Are you gentlemen in the audience connecting this song to the women in your lives, or is there a message in there for you, too? Head to and share your comments.

And don’t forget: Next Tuesday, you get THE WHOLE MACHINE. Spread the news…

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Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland

Posted on 07 August 2010 by editor

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Today’s Country Hotties

Posted on 21 May 2010 by Bill West

Meet the Sexy and Talented Ladies in Country Music Today

By Joe Hansen

The likes of Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and Dolly Parton evoke images of traditionally-clad country singers decked in western-style frocks and ensembles. These are all great artists in their own and rights and have held supremacy in more ways than one. However, at present, new artists have continued to reshape and slowly change our perceptions regarding women in country music. Today, country love songs are not just about heartaches and broken relationships anymore.

In the 1990’s, artists such as Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and Lee Ann Womack first opened the doors with their brand of country music doused with sex appeal and tremendous commercial and crossover potential. Today, artists such as Miranda Lambert, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland continue in this tradition, giving audiences a different and, dare we say, bolder image of modern day country singers. Let’s take a look at their career highlights.

Miranda Lambert

Twenty-six year old Miranda Leigh Lambert first broke into the scene through her participation in the 2003 season of Nashville Star, a reality TV program aired over at NBC. Her third place finish did not prevent her from eventually achieving superstardom. She later signed with Epic Records, through which she released her debut album, “Kerosene.” All four singles from the album- “Bring Me Down,” “Kerosene,” “Me and Charlie Talking,” and “New Strings”-were certified Top 40 hits. In 2007, she transferred to Columbia Records Nashville and recorded her sophomore album, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which produced her first Top 10 hit (“Gunpowder & Lead”). All of her three albums debuted at the No. 1 Spot on the Billboard Country Music Album Charts. She has been nominated for Grammys, CMAs and ACM awards in which she won a Top New Female Vocalist award in 2007.

Hillary Scott

Scott is, of course, one-third of the fast rising group Lady Antebellum (known for their harmony-driven country love songs), which recently grabbed the Award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group for “I Run To You” at the recent Grammy Awards, successfully establishing their hold of the category over veterans such as Rascal Flatts and Brooks & Dunn. After graduating from high school, Scott, a country singer by heart, worked with singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw, through which she met her future band mates. Scott, a native of Nashville, TN, is not just a pretty face with a big voice, she is also an award-winning songwriter recognized for her contributions to “Love Don’t Live Here” and “Lookin’ for a Good Time,” two of Lady Antebellum’s hit songs.

Jennifer Nettles

The sexy, on-stage presence of Nettles helped propel Sugarland as one of the fast-rising musical acts of today. Together with Kristian Bush, Nettles successfully translated their electrifying stage performance into hit singles and multi-platinum record sales. Prior to joining Sugarland, Nettles had already been an established singer working the Atlanta, Georgia music circuit through her previous bands, Soul Miner’s Daughter and the Jennifer Nettles Band. Like Scott, Nettles is also an established singer and songwriter, co-writing songs with Cory Jones for two Soul Miner’s Daughter albums, “The Sacred and Profane” (1996) and “Hallelujah” (1998).

Joe Hansen is a music expert, specialized in country songs reviews.

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Sugarland CD Preview: Love On The Inside

Posted on 20 July 2008 by Bill West

The new Sugarland song came on in the truck over the weekend – I was driving with my seven year old son, Jack, in the back seat. He doesn’t usually pay much attention to Dad’s radio… But two minutes in I heard him singing “wanna doo – uh – ooh ooh ooh – ahwoo – uh -ooh ooh ooh.” I even woke the next morning singing it on my way to the shower. Hard to deny a hook like that.

Jennifer Nettles and Cristian Bush have created something fairly unusual in Country Music these days. They have segued from a folkie new country trio into a CMA Award winning superstar duo with a Pop appeal. Seems like they’ve become overnight successes but in reality have been pluggin away for awhile. It’s been years since they’ve worked the small clubs in the SouthEast seperately with The Jennifer Nettles Band and Billy Pilgrim (Google ‘em). The new cd “Love On The Inside” showcases Nettles strong vocal presence and also keeps Bush’s sidekick additions up front. In fact, both Nettles and Bush co wrote every song on their third cd. A admirable feat even if they enlisted third writers on many track. They produced a dozen tracks (17 on the “Deluxe Fan Edition out 7/22) that deliver on all their core fan’s expectations.
Nettles and Bush could have easily taken the new cd’s sound towards pop or too folk rock but they did a fantastic job of blossoming their unique gifts and perspective and make it mainstream country. Radio programmers will like it and they are sure to have two more years of radio success to fuel their A List headlining concerts (with some strong openers they should continue to be able to fill 7000 + seat areas). Sugarland Kicks off a 25 city tour with Kellie Picker and Ashton Shepherd on July 22nd).
Most are already infected with the pure pop debut single “All I Want To Do” that leads one to think the whole CD will be kind of bubblegum and a bit too pop. Not true. All I Want To Do was a smart but daring choice for their return. It just sounds different than most songs on the radio. But me and my son can attest… it gets in your head.I love the fact that there are artists in country still stepping out and being big performer if a little different. I remember thinking the same thing when Nettles performed on stage at the awards shows with Bon Jovi. It would have been easy for her to play second fiddle to someone like that and be safe. Instead she worked the vocals… worked the stage and looked WAY more fun than BonJovi. She sells it with fearless performances. Did the same thing on their recent headlining tour.Bush has a strong presence in the duo’s make up too. Don’t count him out. On-stage he pumps up the energy… and on the new cd his plucky mandolin adds to their signature sound.
There is some hard core solid songwriting here too. The lead single is followed by another potential single “It Happens” that sounds like mainstream country fun.”We Run” launches into a very bluegrass sound. Listen for “Joey” (co written with Bill Anderson) featuring some fantastic lyrics and has more of the folkie rock REM sound they really works and “Love with” a U2 sounding riff throughout.Other tracks include a barn-burning funny “Steve Earl” kinda tribute song that is undeniably country. The album is capped off perfectly with a “Very Last Country Song,” a potential radio hit. The bands website explains: Co-writer Tim Owens told the duo that someone had once asked him why country music was always so sad. Owens’ answer was that if bad things never happened, then what would we have to write about? “Last Country Song” explores that thought with another stripped down performance reminiscent of mega hit “Stay.”
Overall Grade: B+
Don’t Miss: “All I Want To Do” and five bonus tracks on the Delue Fan Edition. This – for now – is the only place to get their live “Life In A Northern Town” (with 07 tourmates) and the live “Come On Get Higher”
Fast Forward: “Genevieve” misses the mainstream mark but fine as an album cut.

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